Our Assistant General Manager and Sommelier at Siena Tavern, Brennan Sopko, gives his favorite festive wine & cookie pairings for this holiday season
Best wine and cookie pairings: need to pair a cookie and wine for a few options; like wine (a specific wine and type of wine, like this pinot noir bc pinot noir, is like which is great for the flavors in this cookie and this is a good bottle option with link to buy the bottle), so like sugar cookie, choc chip, snickerdoodle, peanut butter, etc all with wine types.
Biscotti and Selvapiana Vin Santo del Chianti Rufina 2007
A classic Italian pairing. This pairing is a no brainer as the wine is sweet but still comes off as an acidic dessert wine and easily complements the nutty and crispy biscotti. The pro-tip on this pairing is to dip an end of the biscotti into the Vin Santo to soften the dense and rigid almond-based cookies.
Apricot Foldovers and Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec
This pairing is perfect for those who do not have a big sweet tooth. The combination of the cookie and wine highlights the fruity side of desserts, bringing together the apricots and the ripe fruit notes of the Champagne. It also ties into the wine by paring the buttery pastry surrounding the apricot filling with the rich pastry and brioche bread notes of the wine.
Chocolate Chip Cookie and DAOU Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
This wine and cookie pairing are not as apparent as some others, but when you can find a rich, lush, and juicy Cabernet, the wine can pair beautifully with a soft-baked cookie loaded with chocolate chips and chunks. The richer Cabernets, in particular, those from Paso Robles in the Southern California region, are overflowing with baked fruit notes of blackberries and blueberries. This wine, in particular, is aged extensively in French oak and adds the vanilla and chocolate notes to mirror those found in the cookie.