Girl Scout Cookies and Wine: Two of My Favorite Things!

300-cookieVineSleuth | By Amy Gross –

We’re wrapping up Girl Scout cookie time, and I know you have a few boxes just ready to be enjoyed. I bet you have a few bottles of wine also ready to be enjoyed. So, what should you do? Enjoy them together, of course!

Just recently I pulled together a few friends, opened a few boxes of Girl Scout cookies and, of course, opened a few bottles of wine. We mixed and matched and compared our favorite combinations. After lots of hard work and tasting, here’s what we found to be our favorite combinations.

With the Thin Mints, we liked Shiraz and Syrah the best. A few super reasonably priced ones to try are Rosemount Estate Shiraz, the Rosenbaum Cellar’s Vintner’s Cuvee Syrah and the Layer Cake Shiraz from Australia. Something about that hint of spice goes beautifully with the mint. Perfect!

For the Thanks-a-Lots and Trefoils, the Pinot Noir was the biggest hit. Try Erath Pinot Noir from Oregon or the Rodney Strong Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from California.

A crowd favorite was the Peanut Butter Patties and Old Vine Zinfandel. Seriously, I think those were made to go together. Try the Renwood Old Vine Zinfandel or the Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel. You won’t be sorry – except after you devour too many!

For the Lemonades, try some Chardonnay. If you want to feel like you are splurging on wine without spending to much, go for the Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite Los Vascos Chardonnay from Chile. You could also stay closer to home but spend a bit more on the Rombauer Chardonnay from California. Either one would be a good match.

I’m a fan of Rieslings, and matched with the Peanut Butter Sandwiches, they do not disappoint. The Chateau St. Michelle Riesling is usually easy to find and is a fun pairing. You could also try the Hogue Cellars Riesling. Both are from the Columbia Valley in Washington.

The real fun of the get-together was mixing, matching and tasting. If you want to play it safe, we’ve done the work for you with our suggested pairings, but I challenge you to open a few boxes, then pull a few wines off your shelf and give it a go with some friends. With Girl Scout cookies and with wine, you’re bound to enjoy!

Cheers, friends!