It's Girl Scout cookie season—meaning 12 orders of Thin Mints, Samoas, and Trefoils that you plan on sharing with your roommates/family/coworkers, only to realize you've made it through 5 sleeves of cookies in one sitting. #NoShame. But is there a better way to eat them? Answer: Yes—with wine. Here, the perfect pairing for your favorite Girl Scout cookie thanks to Vivino (the world's largest community of wine drinkers) and Jessica Norris, wine director at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse in NYC. Now go ahead and get your cookie-wine time on.
"New Zealand Pinot Noir with its bright red fruit profile and not-too-overpowering structure is a perfect match for any tangy cookie—and the zesty Cranberry Citrus Crisps are no exception!"
Recommendations: 2011 Amisfield Central Otago Pinot Noir, 2014 Kim Crawford Pinot Noir, 2013 Dog Point Pinot Noir
"Oatmeal and peanut butter sandwich cookies—everyone has had peanut butter stick to the roof of their mouth at one time or another. California Zinfandel is the best "un-sticker" out there, mellowing the peanut butter with its sweet red fruit."
Recommendations: 2012 Michael David Rage Zinfadel, 2013 Robert Biale Vineyards Zinfandel Black Chicken, 2013 Turley Zinfadel Old Vines
"Fight fire with fire. Zesty lemon cookie with zesty Italian, Roero Arneis. Arneis is a white wine grape that originated in Piedmont, Italy and is most commonly found in the hills of the Roero, which is northwest of Alba."
Recommendations: 2014 Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis, 2013 Vietti Arneis Roero, 2012 Monchiero Carbone Cecu D'la Biunda Roero Arneis
"Oatmeal raisin cookies are all about texture. My favorites are crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. A wine with a similar temperament is needed and found in a Merlot-dominant Left Bank Bordeaux."
Recommendations: 2005 Château du Tertre Margaux Grande Cru Classé, 2012 Château Haut-Marbuzet Saint-Estephe, 2009 Château Giscours Margaux Grand Cru Classé
"What is not to love about caramel, coconut and chocolate? The Samoa especially has A LOT going on and demands a "mover-and-a-shaker" type of wine. Enter Rioja (preferably with age!)."
Recommendations: 2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904, 2007 CVNE Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva 2007, 2006 Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva
"Lots of sweetness to this little bite. Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre cuts the sugar while complementing the bright citrus."
Recommendations: 2012 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre D'Antan, 2014 Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre, 2013 Patient Cottat Sancerre Anciennes Vignes
"We have already discussed peanut butter's proclivity to stick with the Do-Si-Dos cookie which is 2/3 cookie and 1/3 peanut butter. But Tagalongs are 4/5 peanut butter and 1/5 cookie, making Amarone, a bit like Zinfandel's Big Brother, is the only choice."
Recommendations: 2009 Bussola Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2011 La Colombaia Amarone della Valpolicella, 2010 Allegrini Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico
"A buttery cookie only gets better when one adds toffee to it. Still not a heavy cookie, but in need of some 'oomph.' That 'oomph' is found and readily available in your friendly-neighborhood Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a red blend from southern Rhone valley."
Recommendations: 2010 Château Sixtine Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, 2009 Domaine Duclaux Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, 2011 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes
"This cookie is a fudge-bottomed shortbread. Pair with Bandol Rouge, which is primarily Mourvedre and often has a bit of funk on top of its red juicy fruit. Bandol's red wines are at least 50% Mourvedre, which is a spicy grape, so it works great with the chocolate."
Recommendations: Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge 2013
"These mint-flavored cookies with chocolate coating are currently being hoarded in my freezer! Many pairings will work here—Cabernet, Zinfadel, Bandol Rouge, etc.—but Brunello (preferably with age) is the show-stopper. Tart, dried red fruits, dried herbs, and enough gumption to cut the chocolate takes this standard to a new level."
Recommendations: 2003 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino, 2007 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello Di Montalcino Pianrosso, 2009 Marchesi Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino
"I love the simplicity of a plain shortbread cookie: crisp and buttery. It doesn't need anything too complicated, which is why German Riesling (off-dry) works amazing as a pair."
Recommendations: 2014 Schmitt Söhne Riesling Relax, 2014 Dr. Loosen Riesling Kabinett Blue Slate, 2012 Heinz Eifel Mosel Auslese Riesling
"My mouth is already dry thinking about munching on this. A juicy but firm Washington State Syrah will cover all your bases as the dark berry in the Syrah will work great with the peanut butter and chocolate chips."
Recommendations: 2012 Novelty Hill Columbia Valley Syrah, 2012 Charles Smith K Vintners Milbrandt Syrah, 2011 L'Ecole No 41 Syrah
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