Attention Leonardo DiCaprio and other Girl Scout cookie lovers: Cookie season is upon us again! That's right, it's the time of year to let a young girl strong-arm you into stocking up on Thin Mints, Samoas and your other favorites, all in the name of making the world a better place.
But before you pour the milk, remember this: You're a grown-up! You get to drink wine any time you want, so why not when you're stuffing your face with Girl Scout cookies? It turns out that Trefoils are a natural with a buttery Chardonnay.
Just take a look at these wine-and-cookie pairings recommended by Tasting Room's veteran sommelier, Jennifer Ingellis.
It's hard to improve on the Thin Mint experience, but we're going to try. Enjoy this perennial favorite with a glass of 2015 Meadowhawk South Eastern Australia Shiraz-Cabernet, featuring eucalyptus notes that go well with the peppermint and chocolate coating of the cookie. Life doesn't get much better than a midnight snack involving these two.
What to match with zesty lemon cookies that have a dusting of powdered sugar and a healthy pinch of Southern charm? Why, a slightly sweet white from an equally sunny state, of course! I'm talking about the 2014 Lustra Semi-Sweet California Riesling, with its dominant citrus notes and hint of honey. I'm smiling just thinking about it.
A classic shortbread cookie calls for a classically made, oaky Chard like the 2015 Agate & Elm Central Coast Chardonnay. The buttery, delicate profile of the cookie makes a sublime match for the luscious pineapple, lemon and honey flavors of the wine. Pure poetry is what this partnership is.
For a decadent treat, sip a glass of 2015 Tengo Old Vine Grenache while munching on these oatmeal cookies filled with creamy peanut butter. The flavors of the cookie, combined with the fruit-forward, jammy profile of the wine, work together to create a dynamic duo that evokes peanut butter and jelly.
Everyone loves Samos, those chewy, rich caramel cookies sprinkled with toasted coconut and drizzled with chocolate, and the 2014 Ojas Monterey County Red Blend is a worthy match. Bold and ripe, the wine's plump fruit flavors include a hint of coconut, which plays up to the coconut in the cookie. Together, they're like the power couple of desserts. Yes. I just wrote that.
And there you have it. A transcendent experience involving two of life's most delightful treats.