Cookies and tea are nice, but cookies and wine can be fine.
Thats something Leah Kuo and Laura Englander, co-owners of Cookies & Corks found out a few years ago.
The pair already had turned their culinary and marketing smarts into a business selling gourmet cookies direct-to-consumers and through local merchants. Then, Englander got a new idea after delivering cookies to a Falls Church, Va., wine shop that was carrying their goodies.
A wine tasting was going on and she was struck by a thought How about pairing cookies with wine?
So, she and Kuo sat down and wrote out a business plan, got busy with recipes and enlisted the expertise of wine columnist Amy Reiley. The result is a line of gourmet and savory cookies intended specifically to pair with wine.
It was fun to come up with these formulas from a cookie standpoint, says Kuo.
For instance, bakers usually use table salt which dissolves well and doesnt leave a distinct taste behind. But for wine pairings a salty finish can be an asset, so Kuo started using kosher salt, with its larger grains and bigger taste wallop. Then when you pair with wine, a buttery chardonnay, say, or cabernet franc or even a zinfandel, it really is a great pairing.
Cookies and wine not the most conventional pairing, but it just may turn out to be your cup of tea.