CINCINNATI -- It's the happiest season of all! Girl Scout cookie time finally arrived in the Tri-State Jan. 8, with entrepreneurial girls around the Tri-State fueling Cincinnatians' annual gluttony. While these famous treats obviously stand on their own merits, the good people behind the Vivino wine app have taken it a step further.
Jessica Norris, wine director at New York City's Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, and Tracy Byrnes, a Vivino featured user and wine expert, joined forces to recommend a dozen wine pairings for the iconic cookies.
Although they suggest particular fine wines available for order online (or that may be available at Jungle Jim's and local wine stores), their bottom-shelf cousins at the Bellevue One Stop Liquor are more my cup of tea. Behold their recommendations below:
1. Thin Mints and Brunello: Norris and Byrnes suggest a 2003 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino, a 2007 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello Di Montalcino Pianrosso or a 2009 Marchesi Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino.
2. Caramel deLites or Samoas with Rioja: Norris and Byrnes suggest a 2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904, a 2007 CVNE Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva and a 2006 Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva.
3. Peanut Butter Patties or Tagalongs and Amarone: Bottle suggestions include a 2009 Bussola Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, a 2011 La Colombaia La Colombaia Amarone della Valpolicella and a 2010 Allegrini Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico.
4. Trefoils and German Riesling: Recommendations include a 2014 Schmitt Söhne Riesling Relax, a 2014 Dr. Loosen Riesling Kabinett Blue Slate and a 2012 Heinz Eifel Mosel Auslese Riesling.
5. Do-Si-Dos and California Zinfandel: Bottle suggestions include a 2012 Michael David Rage Zinfandel, a 2013 Robert Biale Vineyards Zinfandel Black Chicken and a 2013 Turley Zinfandel Old Vines.
6. Cranberry Citrus Crisps and New Zealand Pinot Noir: Vivino recommends a 2011 Amisfield Central Otago Pinot Noir, 2014 Kim Crawford Pinot Noir and 2013 Dog Point Pinot Noir.
7. Lemonades and Roero Arneis: Suggestions include a 2014 Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis, a 2013 Vietti Arneis Roero and a 2012 Monchiero Carbone Cecu D'la Biunda Roero Arneis.
8. Rah-Rah Raisins and Bordeaux: Norris and Byrnes suggest a Merlot-based Bordeaux. Try a 2005 Château du Tertre Margaux Grand Cru Classe, a 2012 Château Haut-Marbuzet Saint-Estephe or a 2009 Château Giscours Margaux Grand Cru Classe.
9. Savannah Smiles and Sancerre: Bottle suggestions include a 2012 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre D'Antan, a 2014 Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre 2014 and a 2013 Patient Cottat Sancerre Anciennes Vignes.
10. Thanks-a-Lot cookies and Bandol Rouge: Vivino says to try a Bandol Rouge, which is made with at least 50 percent Mourvedre grapes to balance the cookie's chocolate. Norris and Byrnes suggest a 2013 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge.
11. Toffee-tastic and Chateauneuf-du-Pape: Suggestions include a 2010 Château Sixtine Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, a 2009 Domaine Duclaux Châteauneuf-Du-Pape or a 2011 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes.
12. Trios and Washington State Syrah: Try a Washington State Syrah, which, according to the guide, has dark berry flavors. Look for the 2012 Novelty Hill Columbia Valley Syrah, a 2012 Charles Smith K Vintners Milbrandt Syrah or a 2011 L'Ecole No 41 Syrah.
True winos: See the original Vivino guide here for full details on flavor profiles and the like.
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— Libby Cunningham (@WCPOLibby) January 6, 2016