Well it’s that time of year again–Girl Scout cookie season. With the return of everyone’s favorite childhood treat it is time to add a little adult to the famous cookie. This Thirsty Thursday I thought I would share some informative and highly necessary research I found on Girl Scout cookies paired with their correct wines. For those of you who love wine and love Girl Scout cookies there really is nothing better. Plus as an added travel bonus, the wine pairings that were selected are from some of the best regions in the world. So not only can you enjoy cookies and wine, but now I will give you a bit of a travel lesson as well, heck maybe I’ll even inspire a trip, but you’ll have to bring your own cookies.
First and foremost the traditional Short Bread cookie. According to research this is best paired with a brut sparkling wine or a Chardonnay. What that means is we are headed over to France. Chardonnay originally comes from the Burgundy wine region of eastern France. The wine itself has quite a neutral taste, which can be described as lean and crisp. Chardonnay is considered a medium to light bodied wine. This is perfect with the classical taste of a short bread cookie, neither will overpower your pallet, but they compliment each other’s neutrality.
Next another favorite on everyone’s list–thin mints. Thin mints are best paired with Merlot or a Pinot Noir. This pairing makes sense, dark chocolate goes nicely with a red wine and so does a dark chocolate cookie. Staying in France we move over to the Bordeaux region where we can experience this full bodied wine. Merlot is the most commonly grown grape in the world and delivers lush velvety tannins to tantalize your tastebuds. The pairing of these two is smart, two distinct flavors that will compliment each other’s strong tastes.
Last, but certainly not least we have the beloved Samoas (I’ll never actually call them this, they are Caramel Delights and I will never get over it). Samoas are best pair with a Sherry or sparkling wine. For Sherry we need to take a trip to Andalusia, Spain. This wine is much more complex than the other pairings which makes sense because this is the least basic cookie in the box. The process of making Sherry begins by adding fortified grapes to the base wine to increase the alcohol content. One thing to note about Sherry is that it is not a wine that benefits from aging so drink immediately. This will really go well with any Girl Scout cookie because they too do not benefit from aging and should be eaten in one sitting.
Other pairings of the newer Girl Scout cookies include: Do-si-dos which go well with dessert wine or semi-sweet Rieslings, Rah Rah Raisins can be paired with Malbec or a Zinfandel and the Toffee Tastic should be eaten only with your fanciest friends because it is paired with champagne.
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