Cookies To Nibble With Wines

Enjoy some cookies with that Chardonnay.

Sure, you’ve enjoyed wine with cheese, and wine with chocolate.

Now, get ready for wine with cookies.

Cookies & Corks are bite-size cookies made especially to pair with your favorite varietals. They’re made by CookieZen of Virginia, which was founded by Leah Kuo, who studied pastry at the Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago; Laura Englander, who had a long career in sales and marketing for other companies; and Amy Reilly, a wine expert and cookbook writer.

Each box contains three different types of cookies, each made to pair with specific varietals.

For instance, the Red Wine Pairing Box includes: Espresso Chocolate Peanut Butter, Shortbread, and White Cheddar Rosemary cookies. The White Wine Pairing Box has Peanut Butter Chocolate, Ginger Molasses, and Apricot Sage cookies. And the Sparkling Wine Pairing Box contains Zesty Lemon, Sea Salt Chocolate Oatmeal, and Parmesan Thyme cookies.

The cookie pairing boxes come in three types.

I tried some of the white wine pairing cookies with a CalNaturale Chardonnay, a bright, non-oaky zingy wine that is the first Chardonnay made from organic California grapes to come in a convenient Tetra-Pak. And it has a wallet-friendly price of $6.99.

CalNaturale's easy-to-tote wines.

With its nuances of apple and pear, the Chardonnay amplified the fruitiness and buttery quality of the apricot sage cookies, which were designed to go with that wine varietl. It also played up the creaminess and richness of the peanut butter chocolate cookies.

Next, I opened a bottle of Phillips Hill 2007 Oppenlander Vineyard Pinot Noir from Mendocino.  The crumbly shortbread cookies rounded out some of the tannins in the  fragrant floral wine that had hints of dark cherry. Taking a bite of the white cheddar rosemary cookie made me realize how the woodsy notes in the wine played so very well with the resiny herb.

Cookies made for red wines.

Cookies & Corks are available at BevMo stores for about $7.95 a box.

The cookie boxes would be great to break out at a wine party or to give as a hostess gift. It’s a fun way to experience wine in a whole different way.

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12 comments

  1. 1

    What a fun idea! 2 of my favorite things!

  2. 2

    This would be so fun for a wine tasting party. And, any opportunity to enjoy cookies sounds good to me!

  3. 3

    They look good! I love savory cookies/nibbles.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. 5

    I don’t eat cookies very often, but that white cheddar and rosemary variety definitely captured my interest!

  6. 6

    Cookies with wine is a novel idea – they look really good although I am such a featherweight with wine hehe

  7. 7

    I’ve had chocolate and cheese pairing but cookies are a new one for me! :o And did you get many people offering to help out with your tasting? :)

  8. 8

    Cheese with wine, cookies with tea or coffee. Wine with cookies is interesting. It is a very good idea. Never try this combination before. Maybe it’s the time to try it. :)

  9. 9

    This is such a fun, unique idea! The cookies sound so much more complex and flavorful than your average cookie!

  10. 10

    This is so creative and kudos to the 3 founders for their ingenuity in coming up with such an enticing niche product!!

    I wonder if they can make a Farmhouse Inn porterhouse steak cookie that’s going to pair with my fave bottle of Cab Sav :) :)

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  12. 12

    Such a cute idea! Great gift for the holidays…thanks!

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