*** I received this wine as a sample. ***
My first cookies for 2016 were a special request from one of my coworkers–Peanut Butter Blossoms. I love peanut butter cookies, and everything tastes better with chocolate, but, for some reason, I ever think to make these cookies. When I brought the cookies into work on January 4, a couple of people mentioned they were their favorite Christmas cookie. Shows how much I know…I didn’t even realize they were “Christmas cookies.”
I had a lot of fun experimenting with this recipe. I opened up a bottle of Torrontes and got to work. Up first was a gluten-free peanut butter cookie for me. This was my first time baking gluten-free, so I decided to make Minimalist Baker’s gluten-free flour blend without xanthan gum and do a straight replacement of the all-purpose flour with the gluten-free blend. Even though I love baking for others, I was excited to bake some for myself as well.
The wine was the 2012 Trivento Torrontés Reserve (winery, snooth) from Mendoza, Argentina and made with 100% Torrontes grapes. It was bright lemon-yellow with flecks of green. On the nose, there were roses and honeysuckle mixed with red apples, pears, and hints of pineapple and limes. In the mouth, there were pineapples and mango mixed with hints of flowers. The wine had a light body and bright acidity.
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 $12, it has a great quality-price ratio. It has enough flavor that it’s enjoyable on its own, but also isn’t so fruity that it can’t pair with food.
Overall, the cookies were very good, but not quite perfect. My peanut butter base had a bit too much butter, so when combined with the peanut butter, they felt a little greasy. When paired with the wine, though, the two were absolutely fantastic together–the epitome of what wine pairing should be. The tropical fruit flavors and the saltiness of the peanut butter were perfect together. Plus, the acidity of the wine cut through the fat of the cookie, which made me forget that I need to cut back the butter in the future. Ultimately, both the cookie recipe and the wine will make future appearances in the A Glass After Work household.
Question of the Day: Have you tried pairing cookies with wine? If so, what did you think…do cookies and wine work or do you prefer to stick with milk?
Suggested Retail Price: $12
Received as a sample.
Overall: 4 Corks