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Snooth User: Kimberland

birthday cake red wine

Posted by Kimberland, Nov 18, 2009.

Greetings from Kansas,
looking for birthday cake wine, from california winery
thanks

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Reply by ChipDWood, Nov 19, 2009.

Depends on the kind of cake entirely- and does it have to be a red?

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Reply by gregt, Nov 19, 2009.

To make your birthday cake? Or to drink with?

If to drink with, make a sage and rosemary cake with bits of ham and sausage.

If to make the cake with, wow. I'd certainly not do chocolate or white chocolate, but you could do some kind of fruit thing or make a reduction of the wine with some sugar and use as a glaze.

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Reply by Kimberland, Nov 19, 2009.

Wow, thank you, that is awsome, will keep that in mind. Mmmm It was the Cakebread Cellars that another wine fan found for me.. Thanks again, cheers!

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Reply by VegasOenophile, Nov 19, 2009.

I agree with Chip, it utterly depends on the kind of cake. More info?

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Reply by zufrieden, Nov 19, 2009.

I am almost certain that a rich, unctuous and powerful Cabernet Sauvignon (from your favorite California vigneron) will pair surprising well with Black Forest Cake. Fortified wine would be my other choice (a young Vintage Port e.g.). Give it a try!

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Reply by ChipDWood, Nov 19, 2009.

Zufrieden- Port was a direction I was considering too, but it's tough to say without knowing the kind of cake. Some Inniskilin may meet the cake on the decadence level as well... specially the riesling ;).

Tasty.

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Reply by zufrieden, Nov 19, 2009.

A rich, sweet Mosel of the Beerenauslese (very sweet), Auslese (sweet), Spätelese (semi-sweet) would indeed work. I have tried this with Belgian, Swiss and Austrian truffles...

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Reply by zufrieden, Nov 19, 2009.

Also, a good Canadian Eiswein (Niagra especially) would work admirably - and there are a number of red examples that are quite good if a bit eccentric. Inniskillin has made a number of very creditable such wines...

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Reply by dmcker, Nov 19, 2009.

If you guys are talking specifically about wine with chocolate, I've never found anything I like, with the possible exception of a Cahors Black Wine, or fortifieds like a Banyuls or certain ports. I'm serious about my sweet wines, and chocolate, but find they both detract from each other when combined. Distilled liquors are a different matter (which may explain why fortifieds work so much better). To me a good German BA or TBA, much less Auslese or Spatlese, would be devasted by the chocolate attack. But we all have variations in our body chemistry, so maybe it's just a personal difference in my makeup....

BTW, I think the original post starting this thread was merely a query after a specific Napa cab (Cakebread) she'd forgotten the name of. Not that I can complain about contributing to thread drift... ;-)

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Reply by zufrieden, Nov 20, 2009.

And then again, chocolate is probably best with coffee. But I still think a powerful (if expensive) Cakebread Cab would actually go quite well with chocolate cake - if the cake is not too, too sweet. As to the German sweeties, they only work with the lighter style of chocolate; red icewine (yes - it does exist) will definitely go with most sweets - including chocolate. Unfortunately, no Cakebread icewine and not likely to ever be any - unless a satelite winery is started closer to the Canadian border...

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Reply by D9sus4, Nov 20, 2009.

...thread drift? That's putting it mildly. You guys gotta cut back on your sugar intake or something. Speaking of which... Green & Black's Hazelnut & Currant Chocolate bar http://www.greenandblacks.co.uk/us/... paired with a good 2000 vintage Château de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape.

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Reply by ChipDWood, Nov 20, 2009.

lol @ the thread drift. I realized just how wrong I was when the solution was reached. Thought the question was more along the lines of pairing a wine with a cake- rather than the name of a wine with the name of a cake.

Anyone ever had Mollydooker's "Enchanted Path", by the way? No need for the cake with that stuff ;).

(Trying to back away slowly...)

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Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Nov 20, 2009.

Chip, just thinking about E.P. makes my teeth hurt.

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Reply by Lady of Taste, Nov 20, 2009.

Foxy Red from Kit Fox Winery is the best chocolate wine I have ever had.

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Reply by gregt, Nov 20, 2009.

I love the thread drift too. Cakebread. Of course. It never even occured to me!

But everyone assumes cake has to be chocolate? What about white chocolate? I just made a white chocolate cake for my wife's birthday. Or what about orange? Or coconut/pineapple? Or spice? Or cherry? Or vanilla?

Not that any of them would work with wine.

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Reply by madmanny, Nov 20, 2009.

How about some California ports - Heitz Grignoglino (sp?) is very nice with dessert and not a killer pricewise. Don't know if it's available in KS.

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Reply by ChipDWood, Nov 23, 2009.

Re: Girl Drink Drunk: The Enchanted Path needs its, ehh, "breathing time", for certain. I had a bottle of the '06 from work one day. It sat open for three hours. I then corked it, lugged it home in a backpack, on a subway, on a bus, then shlepped it a mile or so to my place. Let it sit on the counter, now open again, as I let a pour of it "evolve", and become syrupy and, frankly; out of this world.

My point? ...It can travel ;). When it does finally begin to soften up (see: after several beatings), it's about as luscious and powerful a wine as I've had recently. Yummy, whopper-like stuff.

http://www.snooth.com/wine/mollydoo...

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Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Nov 23, 2009.

Chip, I know they're loved, but the whole Mollydooker line does nothing for me. I can get behind a bigger wine, sure, but these guys just seem too far out of balance. It's probably just me, as I don't much care for any of the Aussie Shiraz juice I've had in years, although it was my gateway wine. Funny how things evolve, huh?

Don't they recommend "beating up" their wines in general, with the Mollydooker shake? Something about releasing the Nitrogen...

Cheers!

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Reply by arnieswine, Dec 24, 2009.

I would never think to put wine in my birthday cake recipe, but drink some great wine while making a birthday cake YES!!


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