I love to bake, but for a long time didn’t indulge because I didn’t have the right equipment. My mother in law bought be a Kitchen Aid stand mixer last Christmas, so for the last year, I’ve been baking cookies almost every week for my coworkers and my brother. I decided this was better than baking weekly cookies for Hubby and me because neither of us needed to go through that many cookies. Plus, I love to share the latest baking experiment with others. Sure, between vacations and work travel, there have been a few missed weeks in there, but it’s been pretty consistent.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that somewhere along the way, I started posting the pictures under the hashtag #SundayBaking. However, the cookies never really intersected with the purpose of A Glass After work, so I kept it all on Instagram. And, then the pairing happened…
I don’t know why it took me so long to open a bottle of wine or beer while baking, but it wasn’t until October when I was drinking Terrapin Beer Company’s Pumpkinfest while making Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies that it hit me. Since then, most of my cookie baking has been combined with a glass of wine or a bottle of beer, and I’ve decided it’s time to share those awith you through a new weekly post…Sunday Baking.
I’m on a quest to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie dough, so I decided to start from scratch with a traditional chocolate chip cookie. My friend (and amazing photographer), Kami, gave me Rose Levy Beranbaum’s The Baking Bible for the holidays this year, so that seemed like a good place to start. The cookies were really good, but not perfect, so I’ll continue to tweak the recipe and share as I do. However, they paired beautifully with the Malbec I opened.
The 2008 Achaval-Ferrer Finca Mirador Malbec (winery, snooth) is from Mendoza, Argentina and is made with 100% Malbec grapes. The wine was a deep purple with flecks of ruby, particularly on the rim. On the nose, there were plums, cherries, and hints of flowers. In the mouth, there were plums, cherries, and violets mixed with baking spices. The wine had a full body, medium-to-high tannins, and medium-to-high acidity.
Is this worth a glass after work? It’s worth more than one! What are you waiting for? At $80 a bottle, this wine is expensive, but worth every penny. Admittedly, I received it as a birthday present a few years ago, and after some research, decided to wait to open it in hopes that the characteristics would mellow—and they did. This wine is in prime drinking form and would be perfect with a nice steak dinner.
Admittedly, The Finca Mirador is too expensive to normally open while baking cookies. However, I threw a little caution to the wind because it seemed like the perfect timing, since it’s the new year and I’m baking in our new house. The wine was a little something special on a fairly normal day, and it made for a delicious pairing. Afterwards, I continued to enjoy the wine in front of our fireplace, and there’s nothing quite like a relaxing evening with a fantastic wine and a nice fire.
While the bottle is too expensive for an every day wine and is out of the price range for many people, if you see it in the store, you should grab it. It’s luscious and smooth, easy to drink, and is the epitome of a big, beautiful wine.
Question of the Day: Do you have a chocolate chip cookie recipe that you love? Do you every combine drinking and baking?
Overall: 4.5 Corks