The Ultimate Cookie & Wine Pairing Guide


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Snickerdoodles & Sauternes
The question gave me pause. My favorite cookie? That's like asking my favorite child. Ok, perhaps more like asking my favorite wine. It depends on mood, the season, the meal, the gravitational pull. But asking my favorite wine and cookie pairing? Well, that would require a bit of creative license as that is, in fact, a pairing I've never enjoyed. I've had Ghirardelli brownies, gooey and warm, with a Gundlach Bundschu Merlot. Mmmm. Rosewater Panna cotta with a Wellington White Port; the memory still makes me swoon. Even a scone with Sauternes on break during a recent WSET course. But never a cookie and wine pairing. I can still remember presenting my father, the original cookie monster, with my first attempt at independence in the kitchen. I was seven and I rolled each doughy ball carefully in a bowl of cinnamon sugar before placing them on the sheet. A labor of love and I loved every moment.  As fatherly duty required, he oohed and aahed and proclaimed them "better than your mother's!" Whether or not that was true, and I have a guess, the sentiment of that moment would likely push Snickerdoodles ahead in the favorite cookie competition. Even now, they transport. The crisped bottom and the dense buttery center, the cream of tartar lingers, the cinnamon warms. To compliment, I'd choose a Sauternes, And if a girl can dream, I say go big. Maybe one day I will actually have the opportunity to sample Château d'Yquem. Maybe not. But if I am ever able to do so with a Snickerdoodle in hand, I know who I'll be toasting.
Alissa Leenher, SAHMmelier

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