Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Girl Scout Cookie Wine Pairings

I don’t know what it’s been like around your neck of the woods lately but here, it’s GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SEASON. Now, with this whole healthy eating thing that we’ve been doing, Girl Scout Cookies aren’t exactly part of our “approved diet”. Thank goodness for cheat days.

If you remember my post about pairing Halloween candy with wine, then you know I have awesome friends willing to do pretty much anything if it includes wine. Well, thanks to the internet, a friend found this post about pairing wine with Girl Scout Cookies. Needless to say, this event was planned immediately.

The big night finally arrived and my friends even put up with me staging all of the cookies and wine together for blog photos before diving in. We had 8 different cookies and 10 different wines – waiting was no easy feat. But, everything looked so amazing when it was all put together. It made the whole thing seem very official!

We also learned some things about cookies since we couldn't find all of the flavors on this list. Apparently there are different bakers and so not every cookies is available everywhere! Who knew? So, our cookies and pairings were a bit different than the list above but creativity is good!

Here’s our pairings and what everyone thought about each one:

Rah-Rah Raisins with Cotes Du Rhone Reserve

Last year was the first time I had these cookies and they are AWESOME. According to other suggestions online, this one should be paired with a Bordeaux. This wine is technically a rouge but close enough. It was smooth, bright and the subtle fruits but deep flavor were a perfect match to the cookie. 

Savannah Smiles with Old Green Tractor White Blend/Framboise Raspberry Lambic

This was another new cookie for us and again - AWESOME. We paired this one with two different drinks - a local white blend and a raspberry lambic. The light, crisp and citrusy flavor of the wine was absolutely perfect with the cookie. And let me tell you, the raspberry lambic with the lemon also simply delicious. This cookie and the two drinks were the favorite pairing of the night!

Thin Mints with Beritage Lodi Red

The suggested pairing online for Thin Mints was Pinot Noir but we went a bit off the reservation with this interesting choice. It was one I had on hand from a fund raiser and wanted to try it. It was an easy sipping wine but still full of flavor. Mint is very difficult to pair with wine and while this one was good, everyone seemed to enjoy the cookies and wine separate.

Toffee-tastics with Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling

Most of us had never tried this cookie before either but it kind of fell short of expectations. There was really no flavor to the cookie at all. I think the Riesling was the right wine to pair with this cookie but since the cookie wasn't very good, we moved on pretty quickly.

Samoas with Agua de Piedra Malbec

This next pairing was another favorite of the evening. I mean, who doesn't love Samoas first of all? Then we paired it with this light, fruity Malbec. The light flavor of the wine held up well against the richness of the cookie.

Tagalongs with Magistrate Cabernet Sauvignon

Tagalongs are my favorite Girl Scout Cookie so I was excited to see them paired up with wine. Peanut Butter can be hard to pair so I wasn't sure how this one would go. I'm also not usually a huge fan of Cab Sauv. I was surprised though at how good this pairing was. The heavy wine was exactly what this rich, creamy cookie needed.

Trefoils with Barboursville Chardonnay

It was nice that we had a good balance of white wines and reds paired up with all the cookies. The Trefoils with the Chardonnay was a super light, easy pairing that worked really well. It would be really easy to down a ton of these cookies and a bottle of this wine so be careful!

Do-si-dos with James River Cellars Merlot

Our last pairing of the night was Do-Si-Dos with a local Merlot from James River Cellars. This Merlot is a bit lighter than most but the flavors were still deep enough to match up with the peanut butter. This one was good but again another one where they were better enjoyed separately.

So there you have it - our Girl Scout Cookie Wine Night! It was a huge success and we will probably make this a yearly tradition. 

What's your favorite Girl Scout Cookie and what wine will YOU pair with it?

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