Whether you are spending this Valentine’s Day alone, together, apart, or not interested, a few things are certain, when it is cold, snowy, and windy, three things are there to comfort you on a winter night: cookies, chocolate, and wine.
We've got the cookies covered with a delicious and buttery Paris in Love shortbread recipe, and you know we love our Genmai Cha Dark Chocolate bar by Saratoga Chocolate Co., but what about wine to round out the trifecta?
We have partnered with By the Bottle, a wine & spirits destination that provides a diverse, unique, and local selection with great values. Located just around the corner at 11 Spring Street, it is a staff favorite downtown stop when in need of a last minute bottle sure to impress. By the Bottle shop owner Annemarie has kindly selected three lovely wines to pair with our Paris in Love Shortbread Cookies, combinations that will be sure to conjure romance in the air!
Wine Pairing Recommendations from By the Bottle
If you're not local and able to visit By the Bottle in person, not to worry! As with any pairing suggestions, these are meant to give you a place to start and Annemarie recommends taking them to your favorite local wine shop to see what they have that may be similar!
Annemarie's suggestions include a sparkling rosé, a white, and a red, but we have to admit to a special fondness for the Abbesse Cremant (French sparkling wine and Paris in Love cookies - ooh la la!)
Abbesse Cremant de Loire Sparkling Rosé
Sparkling Rosé - Cabernet Franc
With notes of creamy red currant and raspberry with a bright citrus lift, this Cremant is lush & zippy, sure to compliment the sweetness of this or any Valentine's cookie.
Domaine Charles Gonnet Chignin
White - Jaquere
Notes of steely stone fruit with fresh mountain florals. The salinity of the finish is the a perfect balance for a buttery cookie.
Domaine Blain Brouilly
Red - Gamay
Brambly fruit with rustic floral notes, layered flavor and a light body make this wine an easy sip and perfect pairing for a relaxed evening of cookies and conversation.
Paris in Love Shortbread Recipe
1 c salted butter
½ c powdered sugar
2 c flour
¼ c Paris in Love tea
Set oven to 350°F.
Blitz Paris in Love tea in a food processor until tea and floral ingredients are in fine texture.
Combine softened butter and sugar in mixer.
Slowly add flour and tea until combined.
Roll out dough between two pieces of parchment paper.
Let cool in the fridge for 30min- 1 hour.
If desired, use a cookie cutter to cut out heart shaped.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden brown on bottom.