By Maggie Walters
It's that time of year again, GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SEASON!! It brings out the kid in all of us, and sends us searching for the nearest friend with the "hook up" to the goods. Whilst hoarding these delectable treats from family members, today we can enjoy something we could not as kids -- pairing them with wines! Let me be your guide for this exciting time of year.
Here's the breakdown of perfect pairings:
Do-si-dos & Samosas
paired with: Taylor Fladgate 10 year Tawny Port
Why: What gives Tawny Port its "Tawny" Color is oxidation. This not only affects the color, but the flavor profile. Think nuttiness, butterscotch, chocolate, and ripe berries. What better way to pair Do-si-dos, a peanut butter cookie filled with more confectionery nut butter, and Samoas, a cookie coated in caramel, dark chocolate and toasted coconut, than to bridge those delicious flavors in a wine?
Savannah Smiles (lemon cookies)
paired with: Michele Chiarlo Moscato d' Asti
Why: This Moscato is delicate, sweet and expresses flavors of peach and orange blossom with a slight spritz. Not only will the textural component be fun to experience with this pairing (think crunch and bubbles), but the delicateness and citrus/fruity flavors of the wine and cookie really hit it off. If anyone out there is doing a spread for a get together, throw some fresh fruit in the mix and you have a party!
Thin Mints & S'mores
paired with: Rosa Di Rosa
Why: Think rich, ripe, red and dark fruit, dark chocolate, and a refreshing finish of mint, and you have this pairing with Thin Mints. This is hands down my favorite pairing (I'm partial to Thin Mints). The wine really makes this a decadent treat. Rosa Di Rosa pairs well with chocolate, so there's no surprise that it is a big hit with the S'mores, cookies filled with chocolate.
Paired with: Leonard Kreusch Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling Auslese Mosel
Why: The cookie is buttery, crunchy, sweet and lingers on your palate with vanilla. What better way to accentuate this buttery cookie than with a late harvest Riesling? This Riesling offers rich pear, sweet melon, and a refreshing palate cleanser of citrus. It's almost like a fruit pastry in your mouth with both flavors combined.
paired with: Justin Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles
Why: I wanted to do a more familiar pairing for at least one of these cookie pairings; that being chocolate and a jammy California Cab. The Tagalong with the cab is going to create a "PB&J" experience. And who doesn't love the sound of that?