With the holiday season brings family get-togethers, work parties, and kids’ school events. All signs point to a quickly packed fall calendar. Bring on the wine!
Well with all these extra festivities, too come loads and loads of cookie platters. While not as classic of a combination as milk and cookies, you’ll be surprised to find how well wine pairs with some of these favorite holiday treats. The key is to match complementing flavors and not let the sugar overpower the wine. With the right pairing, wine and cookies can actually enhance each other. Just don’t forget the carrots for Santa’s reindeer!
Gingerbread Men + Sherry
This sweet, syrupy wine is a holiday staple, but it’s not the same wine your grandmother used to drink. Sherry is making a comeback with chefs and sommeliers alike due to its ability to pair so well with a variety of foods. The residual sugar and mellow honey tones blend seamlessly with the soft, chewy texture of a gingerbread man.
Sugar Cookies + Riesling
Sugar calls for more sugar! Rieslings tend to be on the sweeter side, which will stand up to this popular holiday cookie — whether you’re a frosting or crunchy sugar coating type of family. The riesling’s crisp acidity will also cut through the buttery richness, adding a nice lemony accent.
Jam Thumbprint Cookies + Pinot Noir
Pinot noir is a light to medium bodied red wine that tends to take on red fruit flavors such as raspberry, cranberry, and strawberry so you have some options when baking! The bright, vanilla tones that come from the oak barrels will complement the not-so-sweet cookie base. This combination is tart and jammy.
Candy Cane Kiss Cookies + Cabernet Sauvignon
Peppermint can be overpowering so it needs a full-bodied red like cabernet sauvignon. Big, bold cabs are known to pair well with chocolate, but the higher tannins in this wine also produce herbaceous notes such as mint and eucalyptus.
Snickerdoodles + Sauvignon Blanc
One of the holiday’s most popular cookies deserves one of the world’s most popular grape varieties. The best snickerdoodle recipes will use cream of tartar and cinnamon to create a sweet, spicy, and tangy cookie. Try an oaked sauvignon blanc with this versatile cookie for a combination that shares the same sweet and savory notes.
Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies + Zinfandel
This hearty cookie is all about texture and a robust zinfandel is the perfect wine to stand up to its assortment of flavors. The cranberries complement the dark fruit nuances while the oats and cinnamon play nicely with this big, jammy, drinkable red.
Lemon Ricotta Cookies + Chardonnay
Everyone knows cheese and wine make the perfect match and this combination is no different. The soft cookie plays up the zesty lemon, honeycomb, and toasted oak flavor of a chardonnay, and the creaminess from the ricotta is pleasant on the palate.
Peanut Butter Cookies + Port
Peanut butter cookies and port go together like peanut butter and jelly — only better. Port has a higher residual sugar making this a classic dessert wine, which is further enhanced by the hint of salt from the peanut butter.