Girl Scout Cookies Pair Just Fine With Domestic Wine

Girl Scout CookiesGirl Scout Cookies are a distinctly, happy, American phenomenon – one of those great traditions from everyone’s youth you get excited about all over again each year. If your community is predisposed to the door-to-door Saleschild, first you order them. Then you wait. Sometimes a couple of months as the orders get processed. Then, finally, said child returns bearing gifts at your door.

This happened to us last week. And it was a wondrous moment!

But as it was late on a Friday afternoon, we thought why not enhance said tradition with something other than a glass of milk, that also further celebrates their All American-ness?

Today we offer findings from our taste-enhancing research, to further your own on-going enjoyment of this sacred tradition and this Classic line-up of Girl Scout Cookies. Cheers!
thin mints® |  Cabernet Sauvignon.  This grape is predisposed to notes of eucalyptus and mint, particularly when made in Lodi, California  + the dark chocolate on these cookies is ever-more Cab-loving!  (Of course an old vine Zinfandel, Petite Sirah or Syrah won’t disappoint either.)

 

shortbreads  |  Chardonnay.  This grape is a no-brainer for these buttery cookies! Try a classic California style like Chateau St. Jean, or experiment with some great Chards coming out of lesser-known states, like Ravines Wine Cellars (Finger Lakes, NY) or Westport Rivers Winery (Cape Cod, MA). Domestic sparklers made from the Chardonnay grape are also a great match! J Vineyards (California) or Gruet (New Mexico) have Brut (dry) selections that would be decadent with these cookies.

 

samoas  |   Roussanne or  Viognier. These cookies have evolved since the ’80s, now incorporating caramel and coconut, but we didn’t hold it against the Girl Scouts of America; some change is good! Here try something a little bit more “exotic” like the Stolpman Family Roussanne or White Knight Viognier. Whoop!

 

peanut butter sandwiches  |  dry Gewürztraminer or dry Riesling. In the right hands and even more so when vinified dry, these grapes are a terrific match for these delightfully cloying, lingering, slightly salty cookies. The wines will meet their match, delivering a touch of unctuousness met with a wonderful, mouthwatering pop of acidity to cut through the ‘fat’ of these cookies. Seek out memorable, dry Gewürztraminer from either Gundlach Bundschu  or Navarro Vineyards. Dry Riesling from Dr. Frank (New York) will do the trick, too.

Thanksgiving Wine Selection – made easy!

Thanksgiving Day is the ONLY holiday every single American celebrates.  It is a day observed ladling up traditions at every opportunity; even if you’re not doing what historically you have done, admit it – you’re thinking or reminiscing about those things!

But when it comes to wine selection there tends to be less tradition in play.  For some that is the best part of the holiday – the vinous world is your playground! For others, what to serve or what to bring can overwhelm. We get it.

As part of our “made easy” series, we are offering up a few suggestions for going home with a winner or two.

If we can help with your specific feast or preferences, whether a consultation or shopping or both, don’t hesitate to Click 2 Inquire. We relish overturning every rock (no minerality pun intended) to find stellar wines perfect for this time of year. And our holiday special is in play NOW through December 31, 2014!

 

Winning Whites

Noble white varietals are thought the darlings of Thanksgiving. The best hail from cooler climates, offer mesmerizing aromatics which lure you in, are lower in alcohol, a tiny bit “fleshy,” yet deliver a crisp, mouthwatering brightness.

Et Fille “Deux Vert Vineyard” Viognier ~ Willamette Valley, OR

Szoke “Mantra” Pinot Gris ~ Hungary

– Weinguut Jurgen Leiner “Handwerk” Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) ~ Pfalz, Germany

– Gundlach Bundschu DRY Gewurtztraminer ~ Sonoma, California

 

Rabble-Rousing Reds

We hang our hat on discovering earthy, lightER bodied reds – with backbone. Beware of selecting a wine that’s too big, which will just weigh you down given all of the food before you.

Ravines Pinot Noir ~ Fingerlakes, NY

Dominique Piron Coteaux Bourguignons ~ Burgundy, France

Elena Walch Schiava ~ Alto Adige, Italy

Ameztoi “Stimatum” Txakolina ~ Getariako Txakolina, Spain

 

Remember, with such a big, intense meal with so many different parts and varied traditions, there are countless wines to choose from. When it come to Food & Wine Pairing, the endgame is BALANCE!


 

Wine Pairs with Pop Tarts – and 6 other “cool” Back 2 School foods

apple-pop-tarts-5From cronuts to gourmet grilled cheese and everything in between, Chefs are having a blast in the ever-evolving, no-holds-barred 20Teens playground. The more kooky or ‘old school classic’, the greater the delighting riff for foodies and the casual consumer alike.

Whether an individual trend is coming (donuts, cronuts and Pop Tarts) or going (cupcakes!), wine has been around for 12 THOUSAND years – so it has outlived every up and down and continues to find its place in our hearts.

Here are 7 Worthy Wine Pairings not only to get you through the first full week back to school, but that give you key street cred as you and your tastebuds get throttled into Hipdom!

 

Monday

Classic Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly: Festive and fruity Lambrusco

Gourmet Peanut Butter & Apricot Jam: Exotic and spiced Gewurtztraminer

 

Tuesday

Ants on a Log: Sassy, grassy Gruner Veltliner

 

Wednesday

Apple Cider Donuts: Appley, Pear-y, bright and lactic White Burgundy

 

Thursday

Sarma Pistachio Pop Tarts: Fleshy and zippy Spanish Albarino

 

Friday

Poutine: Gamey yet silky Cotes du Rhone Rouge

 

Saturday

Gourmet “Spanish Fig & Olive” Grilled Cheese, w/ grated Manchego cheese: bold yet refined Priorat or Montsant red

 

Sunday

Reinvented “BLT”, aka zucchini latke, heirloom tomato and sweet corn custard w/bacon vinaigrette ~ Rustic and charming Nebbiolo

 

 

And, guess what?! These suggested wine pairings are just a starting point. There are many other fun directions to take, too. With wine, the options can be endless. So get out on the playground and start swinging!