Cupcake Red Velvet – an any day wine

We are always on the hunt for an inexpensive, tasty wine to enjoy any day of the week ~ which means an easy drinker and under $20.  Many of our friends have shared with us that one of their go-to weekday wines is Cupcake Red Velvet.  We decided to pick up a bottle and give it a try. 

Red Velvet is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Syrah.  This wine has rich, fruit flavors (raspberry and black cherry), with chocolate undertones.  It is definitely a sweeter red, but it is not a ‘fruit bomb’.  The finish was a little rough around the edges, but softened up after it was open for about half an hour. 

Red Velvet is an easy drinker, and paired very nicely with our butternut squash and sausage pasta.  The winery recommends pairing with spicy Hoisin steak, bbq bacon cheeseburgers, or even dark chocolate fondue.  I’m not so sure about the fondue, but agree that this would pair very well with BBQ! 

It definitely fits our criteria on price.  Cupcake Red Velvet is widely distributed and runs for under $10! You can pick up a bottle at your local grocery, as well as BevMo ($9), Specs ($9), or TotalWine ($8).

For more recommendations on any day wines, check out our reviews of wines Under $20

Posted on January 12, 2013 and filed under Under $20.