Layer Cake Cabernet Mentioned on Today Show

We already knew Today Show Food Contributor Siri Daly was a fan of Layer Cake Wines, but we were extra thrilled to hear her mention Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon on her and her husband Carson Daly’s Today Show segment “Dining With the Dalys”. Siri suggests pairing Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon with her steak toast appetizer, and we couldn’t agree more.

Her recipes are simple, delicious and pair amazingly with Layer Cake Wines. If you are not already following her hilarious stories on Instagram, make sure to do so. And while you’re there, double check to make sure you’re following Layer Cake Wines as well.

More of her great recipes can be found on her blog, as well as on the Today Show food page.


Behind the Scenes: Rosé of Pinot Noir Debut

Imagery is key when launching a new product and we knew the best person to help capture the essence of Layer Cake’s new Rosé of Pinot Noir: food and lifestyle photographer Matt Armendariz.

We flew down and spent two days in his naturally lit, loft-style photo studio in Long Beach, CA. We were graced with his talent, props, equipment and stylists to help us achieve the perfect shot for our upcoming launch. The goal was to make the wine look as good as it tastes. We succeeded.

Few know just how much it takes to get the perfect shot, especially one as important as this for our new product release. For this, we were extremely grateful to have Matt’s expertise. Once we were happy the the final shot, it was time to bring the ad to life.

That’s when we turned to Zentiv creative agency in Santa Rosa, CA to help the ad jump off the page. You can see our beautiful new ad in the latest editions of Wine Spectator, Food & WineWine & Spirits, Wine Enthusiast, Sunset and many more. We believe it captures the essence of the wine, and are excited to share it with you all. Cheers.

Orthodox Turkey

In my family, we have an unwavering Thanksgiving menu, with very little to no variation from one year to the next. We are Thanksgiving purists, strict literalists of the Turkey Day canon: turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes. We never bow to the fickle winds of fashion; there are no trendy updates of old favorites, no wacky frying of turkeys in the garage, no sous vide anything. (Christmas, though, is a whole different story. Perhaps I’ll share with you our adventures in turducken and glögg another time.)

Why we couldn’t forget the tired old fruit cocktail just once, I’ll never know, but traditions die slow deaths with my people. We finally dispensed with my great-grandmother’s customary Waldorf salad but continue to serve the mashed turnips that nobody likes because they were my grandfather’s favorite. Which is really lovely in a way, but the man died over thirty-five years ago.

Despite the steady sameness of our menu, somehow the cranberry sauce is always an afterthought. To wit: for three years running, my mother purchased jarred sauce and forgot to put it on the table. This has always felt suspicious to me, considering my mother has the dining room table set a full two weeks ahead of the holiday and the silver is polished and ready for action shortly after Halloween. (Entertaining is Susie’s time to shine and the woman is organized.) But somehow the cranberry sauce always gets ditched.

So here’s to a happy holiday season, to glögg and mashed turnips, to forgotten cranberry sauce and to family. To the people we love, the ones who drive us crazy, who insist on fruit cocktail because that’s how we always do it, who take care of us and make us what we are. Here’s to health and roofs over heads, and to good food and good wine shared in gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving!





Submitted by Layer Cake Wines fan, Kate King