wine cookies.jpg
Photo by Leslie Kelly
The next best thing to cookies and milk!
Hey fellow lushes! If there's anything The Wino loves as much as drinking

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Cookies And Wine? Oh, Hell Yeah!

wine cookies.jpg
Photo by Leslie Kelly
The next best thing to cookies and milk!
Hey fellow lushes! If there's anything The Wino loves as much as drinking red, white and pinks, it's cookies.

You can take those frosting-laden cupcakes and stuff 'em in a sack. I'm so over pie mania (though, I'd never turn down a piece of lemon meringue). And I haven't had a Twinkie in decades even though the Hostess plant on Dexter occasionally gets up into my nose and makes me wonder what I'm missing. No, for this Wino, cookies are where it's at, especially the groovy Cookie Box biscuits baked to pair with wines.

The sweet lady behind The Cookie Box was inspired to create some brilliant flavor combinations while showing her stuff at wine tasting events such as the Seattle Food and Wine Experience. That's where this duo first hit my yum button.

While she's got loads of classic cookies, there are combo boxes meant to be paired with whites and another for reds.

The Tamara is a shortbread studded with bits of dried apricot, orange peel and pumpkin seed that you're gonna want to nibble while sipping a Riesling (Naches Heights, $12) or Chenin (L'Ecole, $14) or Gewurztraminer (Trimbach, $18). You betcha, it's OK to dunk. (Those tastemaking Tuscans have been doing this for like forevah with their afternoon biscotti and Vin Santo.)

Pair the Pearl with a Chardonnay (Barnard-Griffin, $10) or a Pinot blanc (Adelsheim, $20), which make the cookie's perky pear, thyme and pink peppercorns shine.

If you'd rather go the red route, try the pairing box full of Jims (sour cherry, black pepper and sage) nestled up next to the handsome Alejandro (orange and cocoa nibs). Those buttery/sugary gems cry out for velvety reds like Syrah (Gordon Brothers, $15) or Merlot (Columbia Crest, $10).

The Wino's also cuckoo for the blue cheese-walnut cookies from Kirkland-based bakers called Outrageous Shortbread. That company's Web site features a guide for pairing all its biscuits with beer and wine. Love that!

Yes, it might be clever to go low-brow and suggest grabbing a handful of Oreos or some Mint Milanos next time you're drinking a mug of Cabernet, but this week, The Wino's keeping it classy.

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