Review: Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc

Who: Cupcake Wine

What: Sauvignon Blanc (13% abv)

When: 2010

Where: Marlborough, New Zealand

Why: Hello? Cupcake (cake + frosting). You don’t need to ask “why?”  ‘Nuff said.


My son had been away for 6 weeks. I know he’s a big college boy now and can take care of himself, but dang it, I miss that kid when he’s gone. (I also miss his 6’3” height that keeps me off kitchen stools when the upper cabinets need to be reached.) This particular stretch of time involved some very busy and rather amazing weeks in Mexico with a small Spanish class. And yes, there was a bit of jealousy on my part at play here too. Let’s face it, there are times when I’d take three nights in a tent in the back yard, much less three weeks in a foreign country.  But all jealousy aside, I was thrilled for him, and even more thrilled for me as I hugged him upon his arrival back in the USA.

And then it was off to the patio to hear about the wonderful trip (and open some spectacular presents). I was armed with two bottles of Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc. Cupcake makes an entire line of wines that hail from all over the world. Their Sauvignon Blanc comes to us from that wonder of all Sauvignon Blanc regions: Marlborough, New Zealand.

One sniff of this wine will have you checking to make sure that someone didn’t slip a slice of lemon meringue pie into your glass. I checked, it was just wine, so I continued on sipping. Ahhh… that lovely, refreshing acidity in my mouth. The lemons were joined by their friends the limes, as well as some other tart berries (cranberry was there, I know it was). It finished tart and juicy and lingered on in my mouth until the next wave came through. (By wave I mean mouthful.)

This was oh so good with grilled chicken, steak and vegetable kabobs and a big old garden salad. But, it would be absolutely amazing with my new culinary obsession, lobster macaroni and cheese. The wine’s tartness contrasting with the creaminess of the mac and cheese would be remarkable! Up until now I haven’t yet attempted to master a home cooked version of this dish, but I am planning on trying it soon.  And I will make sure I have some Cupcake in my glass. And maybe some cupcakes on the dessert plates, too! (butter cream frosting, please!)

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AnnD lives in Ohio, but grew up in New Jersey. She is the mom of two teens: 20 year old Waldo who goes to college, and 17 year old Tizzle who pretty much rules the home front. She also mothers a Maltese named Chloe, a Malshi named Rory and a 51 year old husband who has a name too. Twenty-six years ago, she began her working journey as a television news producer…and cannot tell you how happy she is that the journey has finally led to writing about wine from home and letting the dog in and out all day. AnnD considers a great evening to include a fire in the fireplace, a big glass of wine and a good book in hand. Read about her winey journeys through life at The Winey Mom