For many of us, the holiday season means cookies. Lots and lots of cookies. And with so many cookies around, you’re going to need something with which to wash them all down. Let’s move beyond milk to something a little more adult: dessert wine.
Perhaps some of you just cringed a little at the thought of sugary alcoholic beverages, but it’s not all White Zinfandel; there are some dessert wines out there that are every bit as complex and elegant as their dry counterparts. And you will definitely want something sweet here; if you choose a wine that is completely dry, it can taste bitter with cookies.
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Picking the right dessert wine can be as daunting as picking the right dry wine, but the process is similar. As a general guideline, you want one that matches the weight and complexity of your cookie, and enough acidity to balance the sugar (this is one of the hallmarks of a well-made sweet wine). Here are my favorite matches, by cookie type.