The Oenophile's Answer to Girl Scout Cookie Season: Auberge Du Soleil Wine Director Kris Margerum Thinks Beyond Milk and Cookies

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“Even the simplest sweets can be paired with a fine wine,” said Margerum. He enjoys pairing confections with exquisite vintages. "They shape the flavor and take the simple experience of enjoying a cookie to an entirely new level of enjoyment.”

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“Even the simplest sweets can be paired with a fine wine,” said Margerum.

You couldn’t say no to your co-worker’s pitch for her daughter’s Girl Scout Cookies. Now, what to do with all those Do-Si-Dos and Tagalongs? Kris Margerum, Wine Director at Napa Valley’s luxury hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant Auberge du Soleil, offers a wine-lover’s solution. “Even the simplest sweets can be paired with a fine wine,” said Margerum. He enjoys pairing confections with exquisite vintages. "They shape the flavor and take the simple experience of enjoying a cookie to an entirely new level of enjoyment.”

Margerum, a 25-year veteran of Auberge du Soleil, blind-tastes more than 100 wines a week to maintain Auberge du Soleil’s wine list of 1,500 selections, and offers after-dinner pairings of rare Madeiras and house-made chocolates at the inn’s restaurant. He explored Auberge du Soleil’s 17,000-bottle cellar, for the perfect wines to complement selections from this year’s batch Girl Scout goodies:

  •     Begin your pairing adventure with the Trefoils-Old Fashioned Shortbread paired with the 2007 Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Wine. The creamy richness of the shortbread is balanced by the fresh lively notes of the Sparkling Wine.
  •     Follow with Savannah Smiles paired with 2010 Dr. Loosen “Bernkasteler Lay” Riesling-Kabinett. “The lemon notes and powder sugar create an amazing match with this off-dry, high- acid white wine,” said Margerum.
  •     His favorite pairing is Dosidos-Peanut Butter Cremes with 2009 Schloss Gobelsburg Gobelsburger Zweigelt The light bodied and fruity Zweigelt paired with the Do-Si-Dos brings home the flavors of peanut butter & jelly.
  •     Thank U Berry Much cookies follow nicely with the 2009 Romililly Pinot Noir Russian River Valley.
  •     Dulce de Leche-Caramel cookies perfectly complement the 2006 Renwood “Grandmére” Zinfandel.
  •     Margerum suggests finishing with the three chocolate cookies, beginning with the Samoas and a Graham’s 20-Year Tawny Port. The coconut is an ideal blend with the oak-aged port, while the Noval Vintage Ruby Reserve Port is rich enough to match the chocolate and mint flavors of the popular Thin Mints.
  •     To guarantee a party-pleasing finale, Margerum pairs the Tagalongs-Peanut Butter Patties with the Rare Wine Company’s “Imperial-Old Reserve” Malmsey Maderia, because, Margerum added, “Nothing goes better with sweet Maderias than chocolate and nuts.”

For more information about Auberge du Soleil’s award-winning wine program or Madeira and chocolate pairing, visit http://www.aubergedusoleil.com/napa-dining/wine-program.

About Auberge Resorts
Auberge du Soleil is the flagship property of Auberge Resorts, a collection of exceptional hotels, resorts and private clubs, each with a unique personality that assures a memorable guest experience. While Auberge Resorts nurtures the individuality of each establishment, all are characterized by a set of communal elements: intimate, understated elegance; captivating locations that inspire exceptional cuisine and spa experiences; and gracious yet unobtrusive service. Among the Auberge collection of distinctive properties are: Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley, Calif.; Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley, Calif.; Solage Calistoga, Napa Valley, Calif; Encantado, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, S.C.; Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colo.; Auberge Residences at Element 52, Telluride, Colo.; and Auberge Residences at Mammoth, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., with several others currently in development. For more information about Auberge Resorts, please visit http://www.aubergeresorts.com. Follow Auberge Resorts on Facebook at facebook.com/AubergeResorts and on Twitter at @AubergeResorts.

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