While I drink red and white wine and all types of beer and ciders all year long, I do tend to gravitate towards the lighter styles of each in the summer and slowly start shifting to heavier ones after Labor Day. In the same way, while I collect cookie recipes year-round, I wait for “the right time of year” to make ones that will help put everyone in the mood for the season. By the beginning of October, I was solidly into red wine and apples–opening slightly bigger reds and trying cookie recipes that could not only celebrated the arrival of apple season, but also could transition all the way through the fall to Christmas.
I was inspired by an Apple Butter Snickerdoodle recipe I saw on Crazy for Crust, so I adjusted my favorite snickerdoodle recipe, opened up a bottle a recent vintage of Zinfandel from one of my favorite wineries, and got to work.
The 2013 Storybook Mountain Vineyards Mayacamas Range Zinfandel (winery) is from Napa, California. The wine was a medium-to-dark ruby with a purplish tint. On the nose, there were tart raspberries and hints of blackberry jam. In the mouth, there were blackberries and hints of raspberries and pepper. The wine was medium bodied with high acidity and medium tannins.
Is this worth a glass after work? Sure…you won’t be drinking anything out of the ordinary, but you’ll have a decent, reliable glass. At $37.50, a bottle of wine should be something a little special, and normally Storybook wines offer that. However, the 2013 Mayacamas Range wasn’t one of those bottles. Maybe I didn’t let this wine age long enough or maybe it just wasn’t a great vintage for the winery, but the wine was a little thin without the big and bold flavors I’ve come to expect from Storybook.
Overall, the cookies were a touch on the cakey side and could use a little more apple flavor, but I will definitely be working to perfect this recipe because they were a fun way to start off the fall baking season. When paired with the wine, they brought out some of the baking spices that were hiding. Neither the cookies nor the wine ended up being the best, but both have potential. In fact, they left me yearning for the 2009 Storybook Mountain vintage, which would have made for the perfect fall pairing.
Question of the Day: Do you have a favorite fall food or dessert pairing?
Purchased at Storybook Mountain Vineyards website
Overall: 3 Corks