We held our sixth annual Girl Scout cookie wine tastings this past weekend. As usual, we had a great time. As usual, we couldn’t tell which made us sillier – the wine or the cookies☺
We started out by tasting each wine paired with traditional wine-friendly appetizers (cheese, crackers and fruit). We then embarked on the wine and cookie pairing, tasting Wine 1 across all of the cookies, comparing notes, and then moving on to Wine 2.
Because wines should be sweeter than the desserts they are served with, I selected WineShop At Home’s sweetest offerings:
- Petit Cadeau Semi-Seco Sparkling – This sparkling wine offers a nice balance of sweetness and acidity, with aromas of green apple, pear, flowers, orange and anise.
- Fleur Bleu 2013 White Bouquet – This is a blend of Sultana, Viognier, Muscat Canelli and Muscat of Alexandria. It is a refreshing and pleasingly fragrant wine with aromas of citrus and apricot and flavors of lemon and raw almond.
- Lumiere De Vie Reflexion – An easy-drinking Rosé that has a nice sweetness to it.
- Vela 2013 Zephyr – This is a blend of Thompson, Muscat of Alexandria, French Colombard and Viognier. The Thompson and Muscat grapes lend their distinctive citrus blossom and orange zest aromas. The French Colombard brings some structure and length to the blend. The Viognier gives an extra burst of flavor.
- Dusk 2013 Muscat Canelli – With lovely tropical notes, this wine has a hint of creaminess and a finish that is sweet, velvety and elegant.
- Milano Cellars 20012 Dolcetto – A berry party in your mouth, this chilled red wine is quite a treat. (Sadly, this wine is from a few years ago. This year’s vintage isn’t yet available.)
- Table Red – Our porch-pounding, food-friendly Table Red is a blend of Merlot, Zinfandel and Grenache Noir.
We tasted seven Girl Scout cookies:
- Savannah Smiles – lemon-flavored dusted with powdered sugar
- Rah Rah Raisin – oatmeal with raisins and Greek yogurt-flavored chunks
- Do-Si-Do – peanut butter sandwich cookie
- Tagalong – layer of peanut butter covered in chocolate
- Samoa – toasted coconut, caramel and chocolate
- Trefoil – traditional shortbread
- Thin Mint – mint-flavored covered with chocolate
I find it very interesting that Samoa was the favorite cookie for four of the wines and the least favorite for one of the wines. Thin Mint and Do-Si-Do, on the other hand, were the least favorite cookie for two of the wines and the most favorite for one of the wines.
A good reminder that pairings can make a big difference in how people experience their food and wine!
The takeaway here is that it is a lot of fun to spend time with friends pairing wines with a particular food group.
If you’ve done any special wine pairings, including cookie pairings, I would love to hear about your experiences.
As an independent wine consultant with WineShop At Home, I absolutely enjoy bringing a taste of the Napa wine country home to you one sip at a time. Whether you simply love to drink wine, seek a special personalized wine gift, or are in search of a new wine jobs opportunity as a wine consultant, feel free to contact me for a truly unique wine tasting experience!
Betty Kaufman, WineShop At Home