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Many people enjoy a glass of wine. From a crisp, bright Sauvignon Blanc or a robust, bold Cabernet Sauvignon, the pleasure of drinking wine doesn't have to be pretentious. Wine and its varietals should be approachable for all drinkers. Cupcake Vineyards offers wines that both the experienced and novice wine drinkers can appreciate the flavors and balance of the wines.

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Building on the company's initial fruit forward wines, Jessica Tomei, Cupake Vineyard's wine maker, brings in grapes from around the world. The carefully sourced grapes create wines that are approachable to the casual wine drinker and sophisticated for the wine aficionado.

Recently, Cupcake Vineyards hosted a dinner at Boka restaurant in Chicago to highlight the company's line of wines. The dinner showcased the approachable wines work with a plethora of flavor profiles.

Amuse Bouche: chilled summer soup with Sauignon Blanc

First Course: Marinated Hawaiian Striped Marlin with ginger, grapefruit and Vietnamese coriander, paired with Chardonnay

Second Course: Grilled Beef Short Rib with baby gem lettuce and hen of the woods, paired with Cabernet Sauvignon

Third Course: Creme Fraiche Cheesecake, biscotti, pistachio, apricot sorbet, paired with Moscato

Starting the meal was the Sauvignon Blanc. This bright, vibrant citrus wine awakens the palate. With flavors of Meyer lemon and key limes, this wine is light and crisp which works beautifully with a chilled summer soup.

Following the small bite, the first course of marlin was served with the Cupcake Chardonnay. With a slight toasty oak nuance, this buttery wine is excellent with a ceviche style fish. The subtle spice from the wine enhances the delicate fish.

With the main course, the full-boded Cabernet Sauvignon offers a bold, juicy flavor to balance the richness of the grilled beef short rib. With berry notes and silky tannins, the rich red wine enhances the earthiness of the main course.

Ending the meal on a toast was the Cupcake Moscato with the Creme Fraiche Cheesecake. This slightly sweet bubbly wine balances the savory aspects of the cheesecake. With a hint of tropical flavors, the Moscato offers a light finish to a delicious meal.

Throughout the impressive dinner, Cupcake Vineyards instilled the belief that wine should be approachable and enjoyed in many situations. Rules about pairings can be offset by personal preference. A great glass of wine can be enjoyed in any situation and with any food. A glass of Cupcake Vineyards wine is about living deliciously and enjoying the moment in good company.

Cupcake Vineyards wine is available for purchase throughout the United States. While prices vary, these wine are reasonably priced. For more information on the wines, the company and retailers, please visit www.cupcakevineyards.com/.

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