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Wine n' Cookies

A fun opportunity to pair wine and Girl Scout Cookies presented itself today.  And, I am never one to shy away from rather odd pairings…and though this one isn’t too far out there…there were a couple of surprises!  Here’s the scoop…or sip…or 411 on how it works to marry some of the iconic profiles of GSC favorites and wines in a way that doesn’t put you into a sugar coma. 

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I pulled 4 cookies and 4 wines.  As always, we did a little palate cleansing with a dry sparkly wine from Italy…Asti region…but sans the residual sugars you might expect!

First, we played with Lemonades and 3 Paisanos, a blend of Chardonnay, Viognier, and off dry Riesling. The notes of citrus with lemon and grapefruit notes played really well with the buttery creaminess of the Lemonade cookies and created a nice balance of sweet, buttery and tart!

Next up was the Do-si-dos/Peanut Butter Sandwich with a pre-mixed wine cocktail - Cipriani Bellini.  Sassy and snarky from the gate, it is possible we joked about a drinking like an adult, but really and truly…this was the most surprising pairing!  Peanut butter can be a trick to pair with, but this pairing heightened both the sip and the bite in a delightful way!

Third, we married the Caramel deLites/Samoas with a Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blend from the Yalumba winery in Australia. And. Oh. My!  This pairing was absolutely the class favorite!  The equation of caramel + chocolate + coconut +new world cab sauv + shiraz = all kinds of blissful!  Moments of humming and swaying happened and all was good!

Finally, we introduced the classic Thin Mint to a Chilean Carmenere.  This was not our favorite pairing…though there was no “ewww”…there was no “sigh” either.   

I also brought in a little Dubliner Cheddar.  Note…having a many sweet moments sometimes needs to balance out with a little savory.  For the most part, the crowd had an expectation for a sweet afternoon - but we balanced it…sweet, savory, dry and delicious!

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Curious Palate & The Parlor on the Airwaves

Please check out my KRDO radio interview with Teresa Farney, Food Editor at The Gazette and radio host extraordinaire!  We chattered about the 2019 Curious Palate Tasting schedule and my new adventure, The Parlor!  Click here to hear the KRDO podcast!

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