Cookies and tea are nice, but cookies and wine can be fine.

That’s 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 doesn’t 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.

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