*** I received this wine as a sample. ***
I’m a big fan of The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle, as she makes gorgeous cookies and has fantastic tutorials. So, when I saw her Red Velvet Roll-Out Cookies, I was dying to try them. I used my desire to experiment as a reason to squeeze out a second week Valentine’s Day cookies this year. Making this recipe required a little bit of planning ahead because I needed powdered buttermilk ($10 for 12oz on Amazon) and LorAnn Oils red velvet emulsion ($7 for 4oz on Amazon), but red velvet is one of my favorite things, so I was sure it was going to be worth it.
As I was rolling out the dough and making the hearts, I opened a bottle of 2012 Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon (winery). The wine was from Lodi, California and had a deep purplish, ruby color. On the nose, there were black cherries and blackberries mixed with a hint of black pepper. In the mouth, there were black cherries, blackberries, and hints of cedar and black pepper. The wine was full-bodied with firm tannins and medium-to-high acidity.
Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At an SRP of $13 a bottle, this wine is affordable, approachable, and delicious. I paired it with the cookies because I thought that the richer flavors of red velvet and the plush flavors of the wine would mix well together…and they did…but it wasn’t the awesome match that I’d hoped to enjoy. I think the wine would be much better served at a BBQ with some juicy ribs or with some good friends on the patio all on its own.
That brings me to the cookies, which were sadly a bit of a disappointment and may be the reason that the pairing just didn’t click for me. The cookies definitely needed frosting, as the flavor was lackluster without it, but even the frosting made them just ok. I don’t know what they needed, to be honest. Maybe more vanilla…more salt…more cocoa powder? They needed something, though. I need some distance from these cookies before I attempt to fix the recipe to match my taste.
Overall, the cookies were not my thing, but the wine definitely was. Together, they made for a fun Sunday evening of baking, and the cookies were definitely better with the wine, but in the case, I would stick to the Noble Vines 337 Cab and pass on the red velvet roll-out cookies.
Question of the Day: I feel like it’s difficult to find a good Cabernet Sauvignon under $2…have you had a good Cab under $20 recently?
Suggested Retail Price: $13
Received as a sample.
Overall: 4 Corks