July 02, 2008

Wines with Birthday cake?

Wash down your birthday cake with a glass of milk, or one of these All-American cake-friendly wines.

King Estate 2006 Oregon Vin Glace Pinot Gris, about $18/half bottle
Like peach shortcake in a glass, this honeyed pinot gris from Oregon's foremost wine producer will match any fruit-infused cake, especially when topped with a scoop of honey whipped cream.

Iron Horse Vineyards 2003 Green Valley Russian Cuvee, about $33
Iron Horse's Russian Cuvee is made in the slightly sweeter style favored by Russian royalty early last century. It's just sweet enough to qualify as a dessert wine next to something as reservedly sweet as angel food cake, but not so sweet it'll offend those who drink dry wines only (sad souls).

Carlson Vineyards 2005 Colorado Cherry Wine, about $13
Made from Colorado-grown Montmorency cherries, this bright, sweet red wine has the sweet-tart balance to complement chocolate or vanilla cake without overwhelming.

Dashe 2006 Dry Creek Valley Late Harvest Zinfandel, about $24
As dark, dense and sumptuous as a juicy, overripe plum sheathed in melted chocolate, this would put extra icing on the Devil's Food cake with chocolate fudge frosting.

This article first appeared as a sidebar to a story on birthday cakes for Independence Day in the Denver Post.

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