Girl Scout cookies always remind me of walking up and down my neighbor’s driveways with a wagon. There are many things that transfer well from childhood to adulthood. In case this is something you’d like to try, I have compiled some recommendations for pairing wine with girl scout cookies.
Trefoil: Trefoils (Shortbread): Traditional shortbread cookies.
Wine Club Reviews Recommends: Light and refreshing, a Trefoil shortbread should be paired with Pinot Noir or even Sparkling wine if the mood is right.
Foodie Blog: Pair with Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc. Beautiful aromas of peach, grapefruit and honeysuckle. In the mouth, a hint of melon with more citrus and a nice smooth honey feeling.
Savannah Smiles: Crisp, zesty lemon wedge cookies dusted with powdered sugar.
Wine Club Reviews Recommends: These are a lemon-based cookie similar to the Lemonades but covered with powered sugar. Try a Pinot Grigio/Gris.
Wine Spectator Suggests: 2010 Dr. Loosen “Bernkasteler Lay” Riesling-Kabinett. “The lemon notes and powder sugar create an amazing match with this off-dry, high- acid white wine,” said Margerum.
Foodie Blog: Columbia Cellar Masters Riesling. A balanced wine that has classic floral, Riesling aromas. The excellent acidity emphasizes the apricot, peachy flavors creating a good match for desserts like a Savannah Smile.
Virginia Version: Pearmund Cellars Riesling
Do-Si-Dos (aka Peanut Butter Sandwich):Crunchy oatmeal sandwich cookie with creamy peanut butter filling.
Wine Spectator Suggests: 2009 Schloss Gobelsburg Gobelsburger Zweigelt. The light bodied and fruity Zweigelt paired with the Do-Si-Dos brings home the flavors of peanut butter & jelly.
Foodie Blog: Apothic Red The Winemakers Blend. A captivating blend of three distinct grapes, with the dark fruit flavors of Syrah, brambly spice of Zinfandel, and the smooth elegance of Merlot!
Virginia Version: Barren Ridge Vineyards Merlot or Little Washington Winery George
Dulce De Leche: Bite sized cookies with milk caramel chips.
Wine Spectator Suggests: 2006 Renwood “Grandmére” Zinfandel
Foodie Blog: Angeline Pinot Noir. A red, dark brick color with intense aromas of black cherry highlighted by smoke and sweet, earthy spice. Fresh, ripe flavors of red fruit and dried red cherries with soft tannins and a light, easy finish.
Virginia Version: Ankida Ridge Vineyards Pinot Noir
Thank U Berry Much: Hearty cookies with premium cranberries and white fudge chips.
Wine Spectator Suggests: 2009 Romililly Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Foodie Blog: MacMurray Central Coast Pinot Noir. A Pinot Noir with classic aromas from the cool micro-climates of the California Central Coast, this wine showcases flavors of red cherry, cola, and briar complemented by nuances of sweet vanilla and oak notes.
Virginia Version: CrossedKeys Pinot Noir
Samoas (aka Caramel deLites): Vanilla cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut, and laced with chocolaty stripes.
Wine Spectator Suggests: Graham’s 20-Year Tawny Port
Wine Club Reviews Recommends: Banyuls is a red dessert wine from Southwestern France, which pairs amazingly with the dark chocolate stripes on Samoas. For a Plan B, pick up a Port.
Foodie Blog: Errazuri Chili Carmene’re 2009. This carmenere emphasizes blackberry and cherry flavors in a simple line, along with soft touches of pepper. Suave and attractively sweet on the palate, offering lively blackcurrant and cherry flavors and a hint of vanilla.
Virginia Version: Veritas Othello Reserve
Thin Mints: Crispy chocolate wafers dipped in a mint chocolaty coating.
Wine Club Reviews Recommends: To truly experience the mint & chocolate combination, however, don’t reach for the milk – try a Syrah instead.
Wine Spectator Suggests: The Noval Vintage Ruby Reserve Port is rich enough to match the chocolate and mint flavors.
Foodie Blog: Famiglia Meschini Premium Malbec Syrah. Deep red in color with shades of indigo blue. Plum, red cherry and spices come alive in the nose. Balanced with a round and smooth finish.
Virginia Version: Cooper Vineyards Petit Sirah
Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties): Crispy vanilla cookies layered with peanut butter and covered with a chocolaty coating.
Wine Club Recommends: You’re going to see a trend here: when the cookie has chocolate, grab a bottle of red wine. Tagalongs are no different – find a fruity red wine such as Beaujolais or Zinfandel.
Huffington Post Suggests: Margerum recommends the Rare Wine Company’s “Imperial-Old Reserve” Malmsey Maderia, because, “Nothing goes better with sweet Maderias than chocolate and nuts.”
Foodie Blog: J Lohr Paso Robles Estate Merlot. This dark red Merlot has aromas dominated by fresh blueberry and boysenberry fruit with layers of spicy oak. Merlot is blended with petite sirah, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec and petite verdot to make this bordeaux-style wine beautifully complex.
Virginia Version: Pearmund Meritage Reserve or Barren Ridge Red Barren
Cranberry Citrus Crisps: Crispy cookie, made with whole grain, full of tangy cranberry bits and zesty citrus flavor.
Wine Club Recommends: Both sweet and tangy because of the cranberry, a good match for these would be a Viognier or the more popular Riesling.
Virginia Version: Horton Viognier
Lemonades: Savory slices of shortbread with a refreshingly tangy lemon-flavored icing.
Wine Club Reviews Recommends: When snacking on these shortbread cookies with lemon-flavored icing, grab a buttery Chardonnay like the 2009 Cambria Chardonnay from Uncorked Ventures.
Virginia Version: Prince Michael Barrel Select Chardonnay
Wine Club Recommends: My personal favorite: shortbread dipped in rich fudge. It’s a tough one, as it combines the light shortbread with the chocolatey fudge, but I’ll be enjoying mine with a Pinot Noir from Gold Medal Wine Club.
Virginia Version: King Family Vineyards Red Blend
Chocolate Chip Shortbread: Chocolate Chips nestled in a bite-size, gluten free shortbread cookie.
Wine Club Recommends: There is a lot of disagreement about what types of wine pair best with chocolate chip cookies in general. This one comes down to a matter of personal preference on white or red. You could either go with a dark Port or a sparkling white.
Club W says: Merlot and Chocolate is a classic match.
Virginia Version: Williamsburg Winery Raspberry Merlot