“So this Prosecco actually tastes like a cupcake!” a lunch participant exclaims, tasting the Cupcake Prosecco from Italy.
We are seated today at the exclusive Modern restaurant in Manhattan, where Executive Chef Gabriel Kreuther has drawn up a special menu to pair with each of the six wines presented today.
“Actually we do try to make our wines a bit like cupcakes,” says Adam Richardson, Director of Winemaking. “A bite-sized bit of fun … “
And he’s right on another level. The Prosecco has that yeasty, delicious yellow cake. It is designed to serve as a fun, refreshing prelude to lunch or dinner, yet also pairs with the first course of Tartare of Yellowfin Tuna and diver Scallops.
Now interestingly, the scallops also pair well with the Cupcake Chardonnay and Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc, two of my favorite wines.
When the SB (my pet name for Sauvignon Blanc) was first poured, I was entranced by the fresh aroma of cut grass, and appreciative of the fuller, well-balanced body. It was incredibly refreshing and delicious …
… yet at the same time I really liked the rich, full-bodied Chardonnay with the scallops. The Chard is rich and sumptuous and stops just short of being “too oaky” and “too buttery” …
In short, the Chard had a creamy richness that was very mouth filling and delicious.
With the Chorizo-crusted cod the Chard also ruled, though some liked the SB and even the newer introduction of the Cupcake Shiraz, very fresh and light in expression.
The Thomas Farm Rack of Lamb was presented with the Cupcake Malbec and Cupcake Red Velvet (a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Merlot). Though mostly Zin, it had dark fruit yet was substantial enough to support the lamp, yet delicate in expression at the same time. The Merlot was also very delicious with this dish, refined and delicate with a subtle chocolate and berry expression.
As delicious it was to taste these wines and pair them with elegant cuisine, it was fun speak with Adam and hear all about how the Cupcake brand got started and how dedicated he and his team are in terms of seeking out the right producers of grapes and right vineyards to produce wines that are so refined and delicious, yet affordable.
Adam, thank you for introducing your brand and your passion for Cupcake to New York!