Sunday Baking: Sofia Minis & Andes Mint Cookies

*** I received this wine as a sample. ***

Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs & Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies – At an SRP of $20 for a 4-pack, it is worth grabbing this sparkling wine in a can from California. During these last days of summer the Sofia minis are the perfect beach or poolside sipper or a fun option for a cookout. The cookies are delicious, although not the best pairing with the wine. Cheers! Rating 3.5 out of 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs & Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies – At an SRP of $20 for a 4-pack, it is worth grabbing this sparkling wine in a can from California. During these last days of summer the Sofia minis are the perfect beach or poolside sipper or a fun option for a cookout. The cookies are delicious, although not the best pairing with the wine. Cheers! Rating 3.5 out of 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

Sofia Blanc de Blancs 4-pack box

Sofia Blanc de Blancs 4-pack box

Recently, I’ve noticed a number of “wine in a can” options, and I admit that rather than shying away from them, I’ve been intrigued. I always prefer my soda from a can, and often, while I will pour my beer into a glass, there is an argument to be made for the beer tasting fresher from a can than from a bottle. So, why can’t the same theory work for wine?

I decided my first can of wine should be a Sofia mini, which are the Coppola Winery’s single serving cans of the Sofia Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine.   The minis come in a 4-pack box, and each can comes with a perfectly sized straw so that you can daintily sip from the can. Since there were several cans for me to experiment with, I made sure to taste the wine both directly from the can, as well as from a wine glass.

Sunday nights have been dedicated cookie time for several years now, but Hubby and I have also started turning it into pizza night because my new dietary restrictions mean I need to make my own at home. Since I already have the oven going, we usually make the pizza once I’m done baking cookies. And, as you can imagine, the Sofia minis seemed like a perfect wine for Sunday night cookie baking and pizza making.

Sofia Blanc de Blancs Mini

Sofia Blanc de Blancs Mini

The Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs (winery, snooth) are made in Modesto, California. The wine was a light-to-medium lemon yellow and had small, persistent bubbles. On the nose, there were flowers and perfume mixed with hints of pineapples and cream. In the mouth, there was honeysuckle and passion fruit mixed with hints of pineapple. The wine was light bodied with nice acidity and a bit of sweetness.

Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely!  If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At an SRP of $20 for a 4-pack, it is worth grabbing a pack or two the next time you’re at the store. The can format gives the wine a little extra bubble, similar to what it does with a soda or beer. Plus, it’s nice to be able to enjoy some bubbly without having to open a whole bottle.  That said, while I enjoyed the sparkler, I also have to admit that this isn’t my favorite of the Coppola wines. Maybe they’ll think about cans for some of the others?

pouring Sofia Blanc de Blancs 2The Andes Mint cookies were delicious and ended up being a big hit in my office. They’re not the type of cookie to make every week, but if you want a minty Christmas or St. Patrick’s Day cookie or are looking for something a little different throughout the rest of the year, these cookies are would be a good option.

Overall, while the sparkler didn’t make a very good pairing with the cookies, it was exactly what I was looking for with the white pizza. Plus, during these last days of summer the Sofia minis are the perfect beach or poolside sipper or a fun option for a cookout.

Question of the day:  What are your thoughts about wine in a can?  Have you tried any?

Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Print Recipe
A deliciously minty take on chocolate chip cookies.
Servings
3 dozen
Servings
3 dozen
Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Print Recipe
A deliciously minty take on chocolate chip cookies.
Servings
3 dozen
Servings
3 dozen
Ingredients
Servings: dozen
Instructions
  1. In medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt and unsweetened cocoa powder. Set aside.
  2. In mixer fitted with paddle attachment, combine butter and sugars until fluffy.
  3. Add vanilla, peppermint, and egg, and beat for 30 seconds (or until well combined).
  4. Add egg yolk, and beat for 30 seconds (or until well combined).
  5. On low speed, add dry ingredients and mix until just blended (about 30 seconds).
  6. Fold in Andes Mints by hand.
  7. Divide dough in half and wrap each piece in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours.
  8. Preheat oven to 350F. Line cookie sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
  9. Remove dough from the refrigerator. Take a rounded tablespoon of dough and roll between the palms of your hands to create 1-inch balls. Place on the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Press them down so that each is about 1/2 inch high.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are slightly browned.
  11. Let cookies set on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
Recipe Notes

Suggested Retail Price: $20 for a 4-pack
Received as a sample.
Overall: 3.5 Corks

Snowzilla Day 2 (Part 1) – Crunchmasters, Cheese, & Charcuterie

Crunchmaster 7-Grain and Sea Salt Multi-Grain Crackers – If you eat gluten-free or dairy-free, are willing to try something a little different, or are looking for a great palate cleanser when doing a wine tasting, the Crunchmaster crackers are worth trying. | AGlassAfterWork.com

Crunchmaster 7-Grain and Sea Salt Multi-Grain Crackers – If you eat gluten-free or dairy-free, are willing to try something a little different, or are looking for a great palate cleanser when doing a wine tasting, the Crunchmaster crackers are worth trying. | AGlassAfterWork.com

Snowzilla Day 2 -- This was our back patio in the morning under 17 inches of snow.

Snowzilla Day 2 — This was our back patio in the morning under 17 inches of snow.

**Here is my blog post about Snowzilla Day 1 , Snowzilla Day 2 (Part 2)Snowzilla Day 3and Snowzilla Day 4**

By the time we woke up in the morning on the for Day 2 of Snowzilla, there was a lot of snow on the ground.  We waited until after breakfast before heading out to begin our first round of clearing the sidewalk.  Hubby and I split the duties, although he admittedly had the harder job as he shoveled, while I put salt down when he was done.  By the time we finished, changed into dry clothes, and warmed up a little, it was time for Hubby to put our chili dinner in the crockpot and for me to open a some wine–a Mumm Sparkling Pinot Noir–and put together a snack, but the only thing better than good wine on a snow day is having good food with the wine.

Hubby and I out shoveling the for the first time on Snowzilla Day 2

Hubby and I out shoveling the for the first time on Snowzilla Day 2

As I mentioned in January, I’ve been having some health issues, so the doctor put me on a low FODMAP diet.  While things are a little less strict for me now, in January, I was completely gluten-free.  So, when Crunchmaster reached out about sampling their gluten-free crackers, I jumped at the chance.  I actually tasted Crunchmaster Crackers for the first time with Becca (The Gourmez) at the Wine Bloggers’ Conference in the Finger Lakes.  At the time, they were the perfect palate cleanser after several atrocious beers and a funky snack we ate at another table.

Because I enjoyed them in the Finger Lakes, I wanted to try them with the new lens of having to eat gluten-free.  Crunchmaster has a wide variety of flavored crackers, but I could only eat the 7-Grain Crackers and the Sea Salt Multi-Grain Crackers because I also eliminated onion and garlic from my diet.  If you’re interested in other flavors, Becca reviewed the Roasted Vegetable, White Cheddar, and Roasted Garlic.

Crunchmasters 7 Ancient Grains and Multi Grain Crackers

Crunchmaster 7 Ancient Grains and Sea Salt Multi-Grain Crackers

The 7-Grain Crackers tasted like “healthy” food to me.  I wasn’t surprised to learn they had 24g of whole grain per serving (15 crackers) and were low sodium, gluten and dairy free, and made with 4 different types of seeds–quinoa seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, amaranth seeds. I thought they added variety, in both taste and texture, to the cheese and charcuterie board, as well as a providing a nice compliment to the sparkling red wine, but Hubby was not a fan.

The Sea Salt Multi-Grain Crackers disappeared off the board pretty quickly, so there was little doubt that they were the favorite. They had 22 g of whole grain per serving (16 crackers…I love getting the extra cracker in there!), were dairy and gluten free, and were made with 3 types of seeds—sesame seeds, flax seeds, and quinoa seeds.  They were the right consistency for spreading our Cherry Glen Monocacy Silver (a local, soft ripened goat cheese), as well as had the perfect amount of salt to combine with the truffle gouda cheese that we also were enjoying.

Snowzilla cheese, charcuterie, and Crunchmasters

Snowzilla cheese, charcuterie, and Crunchmaster crackers

Doing the cracker taste test was a fun and delicious experiment on a snow day that left us house bound in front of a warm fire. Since then, even though I’ve added gluten back into my modified low FODMAP diet, the Sea Salt Multi-Grain have become a staple in the A Glass After Work house.  I occasionally take half a serving and a cheddar cheese stick for the perfect sized afternoon snack.  So, if you eat gluten-free, are willing to try something a little different, or are looking for a great palate cleanser when doing a wine tasting, I recommend giving the Crunchmaster a try.

Question of the Day: Do you eat gluten-free, low FODMAP, or have some other type of special dietary constraints?  If so, do you tend to feel like the foods you have to eat taste as good as the restricted versions of the same food?  If not, do you ever eat the foods that are geared towards some of these specialized diets (like gluten-free or lactose-free items)?