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Soul Sister 2011 Pinot Noir review

Imagine a late summer night in San Fran. Dark, exciting and fresh, you’re not sure where the night will take you. This wine was inspired by The band Train playing small rock clubs around San Fran. Medium and crisp with a smooth finish, flavors of cherry and strawberry, this pinot is nearly perfect. We’re enjoying it with BLT’s. This versatile wine is very summery and would go great with grilled chicken or even a pasta dinner! It received a gold medal at the 2013 California state fair.

Save Me San Fran
Save Me San Fran

I’m a fan of both the band, and this vineyard! If you’re wondering where to buy Save Me San Francisco wine, check your local shop, it should be available.

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Landskroon Bush Camp red blend – Our Daily Red

2010 Bush Camp red blend
2010 Bush Camp red blend

What kind of wine is our daily red
Tonight we’re just hanging out and enjoying a 2010 red blend from Landskroon vineyards called Bush Camp, Our Daily Red. Landskroon is a wine estate located in Paarl South Africa.

What does our daily red taste like?
We’re not pairing it with anything. Just sipping solo on a quiet night. First taste impression is that this is a bit on the dry side, medium bodied and balanced. Its slighty oaky, smoked with just a touch of spice. I think it might pair well with a saucy BBQ. We’ll be trying more from Landskroon, so check back for more.

Our daily red wine nutritional information
45% Cinsaut, 41% Shiraz, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc. Our daily red wine alcohol content is 14%. How many calories in our daily red wine? Well, I’m not sure on that one.

Check out the Landskroon wines site and tell us what you think!

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Cocobon Red Blend

Blended to take you to Nirvana!  This is the claim stated on the label of Cocobons Red Blend.  My first impression is that it is a bit dry, but still full and balanced with a tart finish.  We’re pairing this with a veggie stir fry of portabello mushrooms, yellow and green zucchini, green peppers, sweet onions, fresh garlic cloves, fresh rosemary, basil, tyme etc.  The juiciness of all the stir fry veggies perfectly offsets the dry head of this wine.  It seemed to be a perfect pairing.  Cocobon recommends pairing with deserts like chocolates and cherries, so we’ll have to try another bottle with those.  I really enjoyed this wine and it is a great value for the price, around $11.99 though we picked it up on sale for $7.99. Score!

Indicative blend: 61% Zinfandel, 17% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, 6% Petite Verdot, 4% Petite Sirah

Good wine for the price!
Good wine for the price!

If you’re wondering where can i buy cocobon wine, just check your local seller or head over to the Cocobon website http://www.cocobonwines.com They have a search engine for your area!

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Red Velvet by Cupcake Vineyards

Tonight we’ll be enjoying the Red Velvet blend by Cupcake Vineyards. We’ve had this red many times before and love it. We’re pairing it with shrimp, marinated with ginger, sesame, and orange sauce, along with strawberry, pineapple and starfruit! What kind of wine is cupcake red velvet? Red Velvet is my favorite red from Cupcake. Its a nice full flavored blend of 47% Zinfandel, 29% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petite Sirah grapes. I taste a rich chocolate and dark cherry when I first encounter it on its own. Even though we’re having this with our dinner, it seems like it would go very well with dessert. (Good thing we bought several bottles!)

Red Velvet from Cupcake Vineyards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, what to eat with cupcake red velvet wine? Well, I recommend pairing the food with a sweet fruit element to really open up the layers of the wine. It went so well with our strawberries. Does cupcake wine taste like cupcakes? Hmm, not quite, but I do taste the hint of chocolates.
Red Velvet paired with Shrimp

How much does a bottle of cupcake wine cost?

We’ve been getting it for a sale price of $7.99-9.99. A great value! Is cupcake red velvet wine good? Yes. Its very smooth and easy to drink for those who are experienced with red wines.

Where do you buy cupcake wine? Check locally, or try the Cupcake website!

http://www.cupcakevineyards.com/product/wine/red-velvet

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Drops of Jupiter by the band Train

Its summertime where I live, so tonight we’re trying a new red blend called Drops of Jupiter.  This is a wine from a member of the band Train.  We’re pairing it with a nice salad of mixed greens, radish, carrot, cucumber, celery, almonds, avocado and strawberry with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.   This wine is fruity and smooth, so its a good combination with a summer salad.  Though its bold enough to enjoy by itself!  This is a petit syrah based blend and it sells for around $8-10.  I love this wine!

We paired our wine with this great summer salad!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We paired our wine with this great summer salad!

 

 

For more information, check out http://savemesanfranciscowineco.com

Wine by the band Train.
Wine by the band Train.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This wine makes a cameo appearance in this Train video! Can you spot it?

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What Does Cupcake Wine Taste Like?

Tonight we’ll be diving into the line of red wine from Cupcake Vineyards.  We’ve picked up a chianti, cab, shiraz, and the popular Red Velvet blend.  Cupcake is from the central coast of California.  We’ll be grilling up some salmon with the Red Velvet blend, which is a combination of  Zin, Cab, Merlot and Petit Sirah.  I’ll let you know in future posts and we dive deeper into the barrels!

Cupcake Reds