Cupcake Cabernet Sauvignon, findingourwaynow.comI had posted about this Cupcake Cabernet Sauvignon a while back.  I had just opened a bottle and thought it worthy of a revisit. 

I had found this wine by Cupcake Vineyards quite a while ago.  A friend & I came across this wonderful libation at, of all places, TGIFridays. Our server had enthusiastically recommended this Cupcake Cabernet Sauvignon. It turned out to be a very great choice.

The winery is located in Soledad, CA. Although they aren’t set up for a tasting experience; you can taste their wines at their Concannon Vineyard Tasting Room property in Livermore, California. Cupcake Wines and Winery is part of The Wine Group an American alcoholic beverage company founded in 1981.  The company is based in Livermore, California where it produces a variety of wines which includes brands such as Franzia, of course Cupcake Vineyards, Concannon, Almaden and FlipFlop to name a few. By 2008, when their Cupcakes Wines brand was first introduced, the company was considered to be one of the world’s third-largest wine producer.

Cupcake Cabernet Sauvignon, findingourwaynow.comThe gently rolling hills of the Livermore Valley Wine Region is less than an hour’s drive east of San Francisco.  It’s considered to be one of California’s oldest wine regions.  Spanish missionaries were the first to plant wine grapes in the Livermore Valley in the 1760s. By 1840 Robert Livermore, the areas name sake, planted the first commercial grape vines in this area. He was quickly followed by many pioneer winemakers such as C. H. Wente, James Concannon, and Charles Wetmore who could see the area’s future in its wine growing potential further establishing the Livermore Valley Area as a premier wine region.

Cupcake Cabernet Sauvignon

This is what the vintner had to say about this Cupcake Cabernet Sauvignon.

Finding our way now“Rich, smooth and elegantly textured, this full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon shows fruit flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and cassis that melt with notes of cocoa and toasty oak. Linger over the soft tannins and the long, smooth and silky finish. We harvest grapes from California’s premier Central Coast vineyards and use cool, slow fermentation to maintain the wine’s aroma while heightening its complexity. Frequent pump-overs extract the soft tannins and color, which are preserved by pressing the skins and must just before the wine reaches complete dryness. Aging in premium American oak barrels adds richness and complexity.”

You can find this Cupcake Cabernet Sauvignon at, CostPlus World Market,, or any quality wine purveyor. Actually, you can find it pretty much everywhere. :-)

My friend and I had a great time with this wine at dinner and we both felt we would go in search of Cupcake Cabernet Sauvignon. I have to say this is an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon at a very reasonable price. If you try one of the wines from Cupcake Winery we would love to hear your thoughts.

Time for a glass…

If you enjoyed reading this, check out Bogle Winery Cabernet SauvignonCo di Sasso Cabernet Sauvignon & Sangiovese and 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon.

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  • Jacqueline Gum

    I love it when you write about a wine that I absolutely love! This has been my “go to” everyday wine for a long time. Nice to know the history…thanks!

    • Susan P. Cooper

      That is so cool Jacqueline. Great mind do think alike. :-))) Happy New Year my friend. :-)

  • Catarina Alexon

    Love the name Cupcake Vineyard. Sounds like a good wine!

    • Susan P. Cooper

      I do too Catarina. It really is a great wine for the price. :-)

  • Jon Jefferson

    At first I thought this was going to be a novelty wine. The name makes me think of the birthday cake flavored vodka that came out a few years ago.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Nope it really is a regular wine. As a matter of fact they have a vodka that is called Devils Food. :-)

  • Doreen Pendgracs

    What’s in a name? Personal impressions.

    It’s funny that Catarina was attracted by the name, and it made her want to try the wine. It had the opposite effect on me. The word “Cupcake” makes me think of children’s things, or something that would be too sweet, or a novelty, as Jon had alluded to.

    I can’t see them attracting serious wine drinkers with a name like that. Yet, with a recommendation from you (and Jacquie!), I would give it a try if I saw it in one of our local liquor outlets/wine stores. Cheers & Happy New Year!

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Not all marketing or names for wine will attract everyone that is for sure Doreen. However, there are some really funky wine labels out there that are considered to be the highest of quality so you just never know. :-)

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    I’ve found Cupcake wines to be consistently good for wines that fall into the under $10 range. I haven’t tried any of their white wines, but enjoy the Cabernet from time to time, plus the Red Velvet Cake isn’t too shabby either. It’s interesting to see how the name Cupcake can potentially turn some people away. I wonder if they would react the same way to Layer Cake wines?

    • Susan P. Cooper

      I found their white so be equally as good for the price Jeri. I really should feature a few more of their wines, don’t you think?

      the name does have tendency to be a turn-off for some. If they ever try it, that hesitation or concern goes away quickly.

      What I find so interesting the that Cake Bread has the reputation for very high end quality wines, high rating and very. The name Cake Bread is synonymous with the highest standard and quality of wines so Cupcake may have a point with their name. :-)

  • Rebecca Thompson

    I love a good Cab Sav, you just can’t go past them :)

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Yep, we do think alike on that varietal Rebecca. Happy New Year my friend. :)

  • Greg Narayan

    Nice! Cupcake red velvet is an old fav. Bet that could be used too…

    • Susan P. Cooper

      I agree Greg. The Cab is one of favorites form Cupcake. :-)

  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    At first when I read the title I was thinking “Really, a wine that tastes like a cupcake? Weird!”. Silly me.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      You certainly weren’t the first to thing that Krystle… LOL. It really is a good wine for the price. Give it a try? :-)

      • HomeJobsbyMOM

        About how does it run? I’m not sure if I would like it though as I like Pinot Grigio or White zinfandels better.

        • Susan P. Cooper

          It runs around $10. They also have some pretty good whites that you might like to explore as well. :-)

          • HomeJobsbyMOM

            Not bad. I’ll have to give it a shot if I come across it.

          • Susan P. Cooper

            Cool, Let me know what you think when you do. :-)

  • Cheryl Therrien

    This sounds good enough to eat. LOL

    • Susan P. Cooper

      It does, doesn’t it Cheryl? However it is definitely a Cabernet wine. :-)))

  • Debra Yearwood

    I tried this wine a while back and liked it but when I tried it again I kept thinking it was too sweet. How’s that for subliminal messaging? I’ll have to try it again and ignore the name. :)

    • Susan P. Cooper

      LOL… I can see that Debra. I have learned to separate my feelings from a label because of some of the funky names (Liked “Toasted Toad” and “Hangman’s Red”… seriously) for the wines. :-)))

  • Along Came Mary

    I saw Cupcake at Target last night & nearly bought it because I knew I had just read about it from someone, now I recall it was you! :) I will buy it next time, sounds perfect for a red lover like moi ;)

    • Susan P. Cooper

      That is funny Mary, When you do give it a try, let me know what you think. :-)

  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    Just tried the Cupcake brand this weekend. Pretty good! I liked the pinot grigio :)

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Krystle, I’m so glad you gave them a try. They generally do a pretty good job with their wines. :-)