We all know that Girl Scout cookies pair well with milk. But did you know they also pair well with wine? It’s true. At our second annual Girl Scout cookie wine tasting last week, we discovered for the second time how well this pairing works, and we had a great time in the process.
I highly recommend a Girl Scout cookie wine tasting for everybody, especially for people who tend to get very serious about wine. It’s hard to be serious when you’re eating Girl Scout cookies.
Before sharing the results, let me tell you about the wines and the cookies.
We tasted six wines, all made by WineShop At Home:
- Petit Cadeau Semi-Seco Sparkling (California)
- Lumiére De Vie 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (California)
- Talmage Cellars 2009 Chardonnay (Carneros)
- Milano 2010 Dolcetto (California)
- Lumiére De Vie 2009 Prism (Mendocino) – a Merlot/Cabernet blend, with a hint of Syrah
- Halcyon 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendocino)
We tasted eight Girl Scout cookies:
- Thank U Berry Munch – cranberries with white fudge chips
- Lemon Chalet Cremes – lemon cream sandwich cookies
- Samoas – toasted coconut, caramel and chocolate
- Do-Si-Dos – peanut butter sandwich cookies
- Tagalongs – cookies with a layer of peanut butter covered in chocolate
- Dulce de Leche – cookies with milk caramel chips
- Thin Mint – mint-flavored cookies covered with chocolate
- Shortbread – the traditional cookie
We started the evening with a tasting of the wines by themselves. We wanted to get a good sense of what each wine was about before embarking down the cookie path.
We then jumped into the pairings. Each of the six participants had a white wine glass and a red wine glass. Most of us did the first white with all the cookies followed by the first red with all the cookies followed by the second white and so on. We went back to the ones we had questions about and the ones we really liked.
We used this spreadsheet to take notes.
We drew happy faces and sad faces or used our own numbering system. We talked and laughed throughout the evening, making sure not to take anything too seriously.
SECOND BEST WINE
|Thank U Berry Munch||Dolcetto||Sauvignon Blanc|
|Lemon Chalet Cremes||Sparkling||Dolcetto|
|Dulce de Leche||Sparkling||Dolcetto|
|Shortbread||None of the wines paired well with the shortbread.|
On the wine front, Dolcetto, a low tannin, fruity red wine that is served chilled, was the clear winner, showing up in first or second place five times. Sparkling and Chardonnay shared second place, having three first or second place showings each. Sauvignon Blanc came in third, with two first or second place showings.
The two dry reds, the Cabernet and the Prism blend, were challenging to pair with the cookies. The Prism worked well with the Tagalongs. But the guideline that says that a wine should be at least as sweet as the dessert you’re serving it with definitely came into play with our tasting.
On the cookie front, Thank U Berry Munch, Lemon Chalet Cremes and Dulce de Leche were the clear winners. These cookies paired well with the most wines.
Our favorite combination was Thank U Berry Munch with Dolcetto. YUM!
The takeaway here is that it is a lot of fun to spend time with friends pairing wines with a particular food group.
If you’ve done any special wine pairings, including cookie pairings, I would love to hear about your experiences.