February 12, 2014

14 Hands Moscato & Simple and Delicious Cherry Cheesecake {Recipe}

It is almost Valentine's Day and you may be looking for the perfectly sweet combination for you and your sweetie. I have it! This deliciously divine pairing is sure to impress your special someone.

Simple and Delicious Cherry Cheesecake

8-oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
8-oz. container cool whip
1/4 teaspoon vanilla or almond flavoring (optional)
1 - 21 oz. can cherry pie filling
1 graham cracker crust

Beat SOFTENED cream cheese with powdered sugar using electric mixer on high, till blended and smooth. Add cool whip and flavoring; mix till blended. Pour into prepared crust and spread evenly. Top with cherry pie filling. Refrigerate. Just like the title says SIMPLE! Note:  If making your own graham cracker crust, pat in an 8 x 8 baking dish, bake a few minutes; let cool.

Once your cheesecake is refrigerated and ready to be enjoyed, uncork a bottle of 14 Hands 2012 Moscato Columbia Valley. It was made from fruit harvested from vineyards throughout the Yakima Valley and Columbia Valley was fed directly into membrane presses, where the juice was quickly separated from the skins and seeds. After pressing, the juice cold settled for two days. The clean juice was inoculated with yeasts to initiate 20-30 day fermentations.

I am so impressed with this Moscato. Even without the cheesecake, it is so perfect to finish off your Valentine's Day! The cool temperatures throughout the winemaking process highlighted the fresh fruit and floral characters. The vibrant aromas of peach and citrus come together in a remarkable balance. The sweet and delicious qualities really do compliment the cheesecake (or almost any dessert) very well.

“This Columbia Valley Moscato leads with aromas of white rose and honeydew melon with an intriguing orange peel nuance. Juicy flavors of freshly sliced peaches are joined by tangerine and mandarin orange. While lightly sweet at first, ample acid balances the wine and keeps it clean and fresh.”
~ Keith Kenison, Winemaker

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