Cupcake Vineyards

Our winery is located in Monterey County, California where warm days give way to cool nights as the fog rolls in off of the Pacific Ocean. It’s this cooling influence that slows the growing process, increasing the time the grapes “hang” on the vine and thereby allow our grapes to mature a little slower than in hotter regions. Slow growth and cool weather leads to a more balanced level of acids and sugars, thereby adding to the complexity and structure of the wines of the Central Coast. This region is poised to become one of the newest and most exciting viticultural opportunities in the coming years. This slow pace continues in our cellar where we take the time to craft wines that are complex, rewarding and hand made. Gentle pressing, cool fermentation, malolactic fermentation, and long barrel aging in small barriques allow us to elevate our wines so that they are rich, creamy and downright delicious. Our winemaker, Adam Richardson has since added a few additional wines from other cool Read more »

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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Cupcake Vineyards on Snooth

  • Cupcake Cabernet 2008

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    less than impressed. actually, less than unimpressed. this wine has no lingering features what-so-ever. Read More

    Wine review by PetitePinot112


  • And to cap off the week we got a sneak peak at a new value brand called Cupcake Vineyards. The winemaker, Adam Richardson, stopped by with the wines and we had a chance to chat while we tasted through the line-up. The Central Coast Chardonnay and Merlot are being released this month with a Petite Sirah and Washington State Riesling soon to foll... Read More

    From the article First Look - Cupcake Vineyards


  • Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2007

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    Very fresh fruited on the nose with dusty, chalky tones and a fair amount of oak. In the mouth this has solid acidity and just a hint of sugar supporting the orange creamsicle and lightly peachy fruit. There is nice richness and good length with a creamy finish. Very typical and solid California Chardonnay. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cupcake Vineyards Merlot San Luis Obispo County 2006

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    Very red fruited on the nose with light wood spice tones and an intriguing hint of raw beef and iron. In the mouth this is a lean Merlot, but in a good way with plum skin right up front followed by lovely minerality that recalls riverstones lurking within a fresh strawberry tones mid-palate with refreshing acids and soft tannins that lead to an ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cupcake Vineyards Merlot San Luis Obispo County 2006

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    Much more delicate and nuanced than the price would indicate. Bold, powerful and fruity. Read More

    Wine review by chefliam


  • Cupcake Vineyards Merlot San Luis Obispo County 2006

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    This was a very delicate surprise for the price. The 2005 Cupcake Merlot was a bit flatter, not as refined or spicy. Where the 2005 fell flat, the 2006 was a stunner. I paired it with pizza one night, and a herby fish preparation the next night. Both times, the sophisticated and subtle nuances were a nice note. I really feel this Merlot needs... Read More

    Wine review by chefliam


  • Cupcake Petite Sirah 2007

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    Thick, sweet, and medicinal. I like it. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Cupcake Vineyards Merlot San Luis Obispo County 2006

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    Deep berries and spice. A touch of heat on the nose. Flavors are tart, acidic, somewhat light. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2007

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    Pretty buttery, but it's that processed oaky buttery flavor that makes me think there was a bag of oak chips or an oak syrup added. It's pleasant enough wine, and if you like that flavor it's great, just not my cup of tea. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Cupcake Riesling 2008

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    Peaches and apricots on the very inviting nose. Flavors are dry with a hint of sweetness, a bit of petrol and a good fresh acidity. Apricots carrying through from the aromas merge with nuts on the palate. Finish is short to medium length. Great value! Read More

    Wine review by mark


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