By Andrew Kramer
CHADDS FORD, Pa. (CBS) – Wine isn’t meant to be enjoyed just with dinner. It can be paired with many things, including desserts.
That’s one of the lessons you’ll learn at Penns Woods Winery in Chadds Ford, Delaware County most weekends in April during their Wine & Cupcake Pairings event.
“It’s a pairing of five different local cupcakes and five of our wines,” explains the wineries marketing director, Carley Razzi Mack. “The cupcakes are made by Dia Doce, who won Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, and we’ve paired it with all of our local wines.”
This is the third year Penns Woods Winery is hosting the event and Razzi Mack says each time they like to change things up:
“We don’t keep anything the same. We mix all new vintages of wines and all new flavors of cupcakes. Sometimes we do the sweet cupcakes, sometimes they’re savory, but all of them are always new and inventive.”
Razzi Mack says every cupcake featured is made specifically to pair with their wine, and they aren’t always your typical flavors:
“We have a PB&J cupcake which is incredible, it actually tastes like peanut butter and jelly. We have that paired with our Proprietor’s Reserve, which is a Merlot and Cabernet blend. Another example is we have a Sauvignon Blanc paired with a tangerine and rosemary cupcake with a whipped cream topping.”
The pairings begin at 11 a.m. the weekends of April 5-6, April 12-13 and April 26-27 and it’s by reservation only. Tastings take place on the hour until about 5 or 6 p.m.
“People come in and it’s a private tasting,” says Razzi Mack. “So you could have a group of two, six or ten — they come in and sit down. We give them menus and the menus have all the descriptions of the wines and cupcakes, then we walk them through one wine at a time and describe the cupcake, why it’s paired with the wine and what kind of flavor profile they’ll get.”
Penns Woods Winery is part of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, which hosts many events throughout the year, but Razzi Mack says this one is truly a unique experience.
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