Creative chefs like to experiment, sometimes using wine as an ingredient.
Gretchen Hartrick of The Cupcake Daily in Talent has found a following for her Rose Jolee strawberry cupcake ($3.25) using Del Rio Vineyards and Winery’s 2011 Rose Jolee ($15 a bottle), a white blend of early muscat and riesling with red wine added to create a pink color.
“The cupcake is very popular especially because so many people are big Rose Jolee (wine) fans,” she says.
From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, Hartrick and her crew will be serving cake samples at Del Rio Vineyards’ 9th Annual Winter Wine Event. Inside the winery at 52 N. River Road in Gold Hill, other vendors will be passing out candies, bread, cheese and Talent-based Shibui balsamic sauces.
Admission is $15 and includes a keepsake wine glass and tastings ($10 for wine club members who are allowed inside at noon).
The Cupcake Daily customers visiting the shop at 102 Talent Ave. (open Tuesday through Saturday) are offered a daily theme, such as a chocolate red wine cake with cream cheese frosting and salted caramel called the Wine & Cheese.
On Wine Wednesdays, there may be a pear chardonnay, chocolate zinfandel or another cake made with wine.
The Cupcake Daily has worked with other wine producers, including creating a red velvet cupcake infused with Talent-based Ledger David Cellars 2010 Sangiovese ($22) and a spiced cake with browned butter, butter cream to pair with Ashland-based Grizzly Peak Winery’s 2010 chardonnay ($16).
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