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A wine recommendation for Girl Scout cookies

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Brynn writes:

Usually we save our pairing recommendations for the end of the week, but as I was perusing my daily wine blog queue this blog from Wine Peeps caught my eye.

It was unusual enough, yet also so practical, that I wanted to share it with everyone. I believe the Girl Scouts are nearing the end of the annual cookie drive, but I’m guessing most of you have a few boxes still at home. At our house we’re down to our last box of Thin Mints — my favorite!

Here’s the link to the blog, which recommends a Cab and a Moscato d’Asti to pair with the delicious mint cookies.


Wine pairing for chiffon cake

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The ingredients and description of the chiffon cake as described by Ann Vogel makes the cake sound light and airy, almost silky.

Our trick is to find a wine that won’t overpower the cake’s silkiness, but still be a nice compliment and a strong closer to a delicious meal.

We’ve decided to travel to Italy for this week’s recommendation: Moscato d’Asti.

If you haven’t noticed, Italian wine labels always list a place name. Some of the most commonly seen are Chianti, Barolo and Abruzzo. If there are two names separated by a d’, del or della, that means the wine, or grape, is from particular region.

In the instance of Moscato d’Asti, the Moscato (or Muscat) grape is from the Asti region of Northwestern Italy.

Moscato d’ Asti is a semi-sparkling white wine that we think will become the most charming wine you’ll ever taste. It’s sweet and low in alcohol, making it a nice accompaniment to dessert. It always has a spritz to its finish, which makes it fun to drink — especially with a silky dessert.

It’s best paired with fruits and cheeses, and in this situation, Vogel’s chiffon cake.

To make one more connection between the wine and the cake, we’d also recommend fresh fruits to top the cake. Think fresh cut strawberries and recently picked wild raspberries or blackberries. Our mouths are watering at the thought.

We should note, Moscato d’Asti should not be confused with Asti Spumante, another well-known sparkling white wine from Italy’s Asti region.

Spumante and Moscato d’Asti are made from the same grape, but the Spumante is a sparkling wine, while the Moscato has a slight spritz — or frizzante as the Italians say.

Buon appetito!


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