Cupcakes and Wine Pairing Anyone?

Royalty has officially arrived in Weston – complete with crowns, diamonds and wine!!

Weston Wine Company opened May 9th in downtown Weston, and it’s not your ordinary winery. When I walked in, I was offered a wine-infused cupcake complete with a fondant icing crown. It’s hard not to feel like royalty for the day (or at least an hour!) when you get that kind of treatment – and when everything from the painted walls to wine labels to chairs carry the queen and diamonds theme.

Weston Wine Company owners, Jason and Colleen Gerke.

I’ve known the owners, Jason and Colleen Gerke, for many years as they own Jowler Creek Winery (located in Platte County – about 15 minutes south of Weston). Colleen is famous for thinking outside the box; who else would think of a Halloween candy and wine pairings or Christmas cookies and wine pairings?

I was somewhat surprised when I heard the Gerkes were opening a new winery as I didn’t know how they could expand upon what they had done and were currently doing at Jowler Creek Winery.

Boy, was I wrong!!

Weston Wine Company is literally all about having fun and feeling like a queen (and for the men – they can feel like a king!). Stepping through the doors, you leave the world behind and are suddenly the guest of honor. Think chandeliers, diamonds, lots and lots of crowns, and exquisite food – plus the red, white, rose and seasonal wines.

weston wine 4The Gerkes offer wine tastings and you also have the choice of indulging with cheese and wine tastings (Royal Homage to Fromage); food and wine pairings (Royal Jubilee); wine tasting celebrations (Royal Coronations); and, my favorite, cupcake and wine pairings (Royal Confections)!

I had to run an extra three miles after taking part in Royal Confections, when six gourmet mini-cupcakes were presented with their perfect wine counterpart. How do you choose just one delectable cupcake and glass of wine?

I have already rounded up my favorite football moms and we are checking schedules to find a day to try the Royal Jubilee. The dads are clamoring to tag along once they heard Colleen is pairing meat balls and spicy jalapeno poppers with the perfect wine. And, my office manager is planning her 60th birthday party as a Royal Coronation (each guest will get a “hefty” pour of each of the seven wines, a full-sized gourmet cupcake, plus a souvenir crown to wear and take home). It’s going to be fun to be a queen for the day!

The Gerkes let groups rent the upstairs pink room, downstairs wine cellar room, beautifully-landscaped outdoor courtyard, or the entire facility (which can accommodate up to 200 people). Weston Wine Company is definitely my new go-to place to relax and enjoy some great wine and food.

Written by Jennifer Goering, cupcake enthusiast and executive director for Platte County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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