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Girl Scout cookies, wine actually go hand-in-hand

(Photo courtesy of Mark Remillard/KTAR)
PHOENIX -- Rather than reaching for the typical cheese pairing to go with a bottle of wine, it's a unique time of year to try something different.

While Girl Scout cookies are out-and-about, it might be a good chance to pair a seasonal cookie with a special wine.

Sam Pillsbury, owner of Pillsbury Wine Company based in Willcox, Ariz., noted that there are actually some nice combinations to try.

According to Pillsbury, Arizona is like an untapped well of quality wines and variety, and gave his recommendations for some wines that go well with common Girl Scout cookies.

He said white wines are a good place to start when attempting to pair some of the lighter cookies, such as Trefoil Shortbreads or Savannah Smiles.

"I think if you went into your grocery store and ask for a medium Riesling or medium (Gewurztraminer) you'll probably find that would pair quite well," Pillsbury said.

For the heavier and chocolate-based cookies, such as Tagalongs and Thin Mints, Pillsbury suggested a red wine such as a Petite Sirah will likely work best.

"This Petite Sirah with this Thin Mint, with the chocolate cookie and the peppermint, it actually balances out quite well," he said. "We often find winemaker dinners at restaurants, that we will serve a dry red, a Petite Sirah, with something like a chocolate soufflé for desert and it work really quite well."

Pillsbury said the Samoa was somewhat of an anomaly though. He assumed the chocolate coated bottom would go well with another red wine, but decided the coconut in the cookie made it better with a white.

"I don't think that a red wine goes with it," he said. "I would definitely go with a sweeter, fruitier white with a Samoa."

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A southern California native, Mark Remillard began working in radio in 2010 while in community college as a host of late night and weekend programming for publicly supported 88.5 FM KSBR. While working through college, Mark also interned for the Bill Handel Radio Program at Los Angeles' KFI AM640, where he began his work in journalism. Mark moved to Arizona in August 2012 to finish his bachelor's degree at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and graduated in August 2014. Mark began working as a reporter for KTAR in November 2012.

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