18 Cookie and Wine Pairings to Try This Holiday Season
We love sitting down with our favorite Christmas cookies and a glass of milk, but sometimes we want to get into the holiday spirit(s). Try these sweet wine pairings for a new kind of treat.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Wine pairing: MerlotRed wine and chocolate make for a perfect pair. Why not couple a holiday favorite along with a favorite red for a special treat?
Italian Sugar Cookies
Wine pairing: Pinot GrigioThis sweet Italian wine deserves to be paired with a sweet Italian dessert. A refreshing white wine brings out some of the subtle flavors of this delicate cookie.
Cherry Kiss Cookies
Wine pairing: ZinfandelZinfandel is one of our favorite sweet red wines. Its subtle fruity notes are a perfect match for delectable Cherry Kiss Cookies.
Wine pairing: ChardonnayA delicious, buttery shortbread tastes better when paired with a buttery wine like Chardonnay. It can also bring out some of the warm vanilla notes in the shortbread.
Wine pairing: RoséLight and airy cookies like meringues are a great match for a sweet, easy-drinking rosé.
Wine pairing: Pinot NoirLicorice-like anise is what gives pfeffernuesse their signature flavor. An assertive cookie like this needs a strong, bold wine like Pinot Noir to make it sing.
Wine pairing: ProseccoWho doesn’t love a glass of bubbly? Try it alongside sweet sugar cookies for a fun and festive Christmas treat.
Wine pairing: Cabernet SauvignonA strong flavor like peppermint can easily overwhelm subtly flavored wines. For a good pairing, try minty cookies with a full-bodied red like Cabernet. While red wines typically do well with chocolate, they are a good match for herbal mint flavors, too.
Wine pairing: RieslingSlightly sweet with a clean finish, a light, dry Riesling is the perfect partner for this all-time favorite Christmas cookie. These two simple (yet delicious) treats are a match made in heaven.
Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
Wine pairing: MalbecThis red wine’s jammy flavors marry so well with raspberry filling. Plus, red wine and chocolate are always a winning combination, making this pair a real treat.
Wine pairing: Shiraz and SyrahOn Christmas we might sing about figgy pudding, but these cookies are more our style! Shiraz wines typically have bold fruity flavors with a few spicy notes that marry perfectly with the figs in these cookies. Shriraz and Syrah also go well with oatmeal raisin cookies for your post-holiday pairings.
Wine pairing: Sauvignon BlancSauvignon Blanc is a light and refreshing wine, but its slightly drier taste is what compliments the spice so well. We think it’s only natural to try it with one of our favorite cinnamon cookies!
Wine pairing: MoscatoMoscato is known for it’s crisp, sweet taste, which makes it an excellent dessert wine—no matter which cookie you serve. But it’s bright bouquet really works well with fruit-filled treats like these rugelach.
Wine pairing: SherryWe love sweet sherry and how it pairs so well with many flavors. However its sugary and honey notes work great with spicy gingerbread. We think sherry would be great with molasses cookies, too!
Wine pairing: SancerreWe love sweet and citrusy lemon spritz. We love them even more paired with a rich wine like Sancerre. This white wine helps to cut this cookie’s sweetness while accentuating that beautiful lemon flavor.
Wine pairing: MadeiraMadeira wine has a slight nutty taste to it which makes it a perfect match for this classic pecan cookie. Also, as a red wine, it can help cut a little bit of the sweetness.
Wine pairing: GewürztraminerA German Wine with a German cookie–this pairing is almost too obvious! But Gewürztraminer’s light, aromatic taste makes it a terrific match for fruit-filled Linzers.
Wine pairing: White ZinfandelThe brightness of the white Zinfandel cuts through the rich creaminess of this cookie, while its fruity notes really help those fillings shine.
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