Truth be told, I don’t know much when it comes to pairing wine with food. My parents, however, know a lot, so most of the time I’ll just text my dad and ask for a suggestion (even though I’m 25. No shame).
Luckily for me, Meijer put out a list of the best wine pairings to complement your favorite holiday cookies, and it’s pretty much the most helpful guide of all time.
The Best Wine Pairings For Popular Holiday Cookies:
Sugar Cookies: Sparkling Rosé
“As cookies go, the sugar cookie has one of the highest sugar content. The key is to pair it with a lightly sweetened wine that contains carbonation that produces a softer and lighter taste.”
Chocolate Dipped Meringues: Red Blend
“A chocolate dipped meringue tends to be made with a sweeter chocolate, therefore try a less intense red variety, such as a red blend.”
“The spice in a gingerbread cookie combined with the sweetness of a Riesling create a combination that brings out the best in both.”
Classic Thumbprint with Jam: Moscato
“According to Wine Folly, Moscato wine is a sweet, slightly bubbly white wine made from Muscat Blanc grapes.”
Chocolate Chip: Pink Moscato
“The citrusy-notes of most Pink Moscatos pair well with the richness of a chocolate chip cookie.”
Walnut Crescents: Italian Sparkling Wine
“In the case of a walnut crescent cookie bathed in confectionary sugar, it actually pairs best with the classic Italian sparkling wine because the walnuts and light carbonation complement each other.”
Snickerdoodles: Moscato or Chardonnay
“A snickerdoodle pairs well with a slightly sweet Moscato, or a mild Chardonnay”
Snowballs (or Mexican Wedding Cookies): Pinot Grigio
“Snowballs are versatile and often contain nuts like walnuts, pecans or pistachios. A nutty cookie like this pairs well with a light white wine like a Pinot Grigio.
Chocolate Peppermint: Sweet Red
“Pair this cookie with a fruity blend like a sweet red to complement the sharp, menthol notes of the peppermint.”
Brownies: Irish Cream
“If the intensity or high alcohol count of a port wine is too much, the buyers suggest opting for a lower content, dessert cordial like an Irish cream.”
You can check out the full suggestion list from Meijer here, along with their specific brand of wine suggestions for each cookie.