Sunday Baking: Rutini Sauvignon Blanc & Shortbread

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

2014 Rutini Sauvignon Blanc – At $25 a bottle, this white wine from Mendoza, Argentina is an easy drinker. It’s perfect for a relaxing summer evening when you’re looking for a crisp, refreshing wine. Ratings 3.5 out of 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

2014 Rutini Sauvignon Blanc – At $25 a bottle, this white wine from Mendoza, Argentina is an easy drinker. It’s perfect for a relaxing summer evening when you’re looking for a crisp, refreshing wine. Ratings 3.5 out of 5 | AGlassAfterWork.com

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookie Stack

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookie Stack

The week of the Lambrusco tasting was a busy one. Plus, while those tastings are always fun, they take a lot of time and energy to plan. So, combining it with work being busy in its own right, I was exhausted by the time that weekend rolled around. Except for our normal weekend errands, I spent my time on the couch reading a trashy novel. That also meant that when it came to cookie baking on Sunday, I was not feeling very adventurous. Instead of trying an entirely new recipe, I was inspired by Cookies and Cups to make whipped shortbread cookies. The gluten free ones I made for myself were plain, but the ones I made for everyone else also had chocolate chips. To go with the cookies, I opened up a Sauvignon Blanc.

2014 Rutini Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Rutini Sauvignon Blanc

The 2014 Rutini Sauvignon Blanc (wines, snooth) is made in Mendoza, Argentina with 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The wine was a medium yellow color. On the nose, there were stone fruits with hints of pineapple and pink grapefruit. In the mouth, there were pineapples and grapefruits with hints of vanilla. The wine had a medium body and acidity.

Is this wine worth a glass after work? Definitely!  If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $25, this wine is a little pricey for what it is, especially as it doesn’t give me thing hints of freshness or grass that I expect from a Sauvignon Blanc. However, I really still really enjoyed it. The wine was particularly delicious with the homemade gluten-free white basil pizza Hubby and I made for dinner.

2014 Rutini Sauvignon Blanc and shortbread cookies

2014 Rutini Sauvignon Blanc and shortbread cookies

As for the cookies, they were ok, but not a favorite. While loved the idea of a fluffy shortbread cookie, I think the whipped consistency just didn’t work for me. It lost the flavor and feel of what I love about shortbread, which may have been why the gluten-free version actually tasted better. That said, my coworkers really enjoyed the chocolate chip version, and the cookies vanished before lunch on Monday.

Overall, the wine and cookie pairing was tasty, and combining the two made both the wine and the cookies better. That said, the cookie recipe isn’t one that will become a regular in my rotation. The wine, though, is one I would open again…especially with a white basil pizza.

Question of the Day:  How do you feel about shortbread cookies?  Are you a fan?  And should they be “traditional” or are they the type of cookie that can be modified and played with?

Whipped Shortbread Cookies
Print Recipe
This variation on the traditional cookie makes a fluffier, yet still buttery treat. Chocolate chips can be added for even more variety.
Servings
30 cookies
Servings
30 cookies
Whipped Shortbread Cookies
Print Recipe
This variation on the traditional cookie makes a fluffier, yet still buttery treat. Chocolate chips can be added for even more variety.
Servings
30 cookies
Servings
30 cookies
Ingredients
Servings: cookies
Instructions
  1. In medium bowl, mix together flour, powdered sugar, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter for 3 minutes. It should be fluffy. Then add vanilla and beat until combined.
  3. Once the butter is fully whipped, add dry ingredients. Mix until combined. If you're added chocolate chips, add them now and mix until combined.
  4. Preheat oven to 325F.
  5. Line cookie sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
  6. 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.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  8. Remove cookies from oven, but let them set on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing them to a wire cooling rack to completely cool.
Recipe Notes

*adapted from Cookies & Cups' Whipped Shortbread recipe

 

Suggested Retail Price: $25
Received as a sample.
Overall: 3.5 Corks

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