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Girl Scout Cookies and wine: A primer
Downtown Drafts bringing back sweets and wine pairing night
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Downtown Drafts is hosting a wine pairing with Girl Scout cookies on February 6, 2018. - photo by Scott Rogers
Girl Scout Cookie Wine Pairing

When: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Downtown Drafts, 115 Bradford St. SE, Gainesville

More info: Facebook

You thought you were in for a nice night on the couch, cuddled up under a blanket with your favorite bottle of wine. Maybe you’ve got some cheese to go with it, or even some olives. Maybe you’re just keeping it simple with some slices of your favorite french bread.

Instead, you’re going to pair that wine with some Girl Scout Cookies. Downtown Drafts is holding their second wine-and-cookie pairing night on Tuesday.

“We had the idea to do it last year and it was fantastic,” said Aimee Hoecker, co-owner of Downtown Drafts. “People get super excited about Girl Scout Cookies.”

The first pairing will be on Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with flights costing anywhere between $10 and $12. Last year, they only offered two days of pairing the cookies with wine, but this year, they’re adding a third to meet the demand.

This week’s event follows up on the bar’s late-January event: MoonPies and wine pairing.

Hoecker said she likes to pick the cookies they use, but she leaves the wine pairing up to her wine expert, store manager Lauren Williams. They’re the ones who had the idea for the event, so they work together to make it happen.

And it’s not as simple as just choosing any cookie and eating it with just any wine.

“You want to pair a cookie with more chocolate with red wine or a richer flavor,” Hoecker said. “And then, of course, you have the lighter shortbread cookies, which pair well with a white wine or bubbly.”

She said her favorite pairing is the Trefoil, a shortbread cookie, with a chardonnay or sauvignon blanc. But one of the popular ones that others enjoy is the Tagalong, a cookie with a layer of peanut butter and covered in chocolate, with a cabernet.

While it’s sure to be a good time for all the adults who visit, it will also be a good time for Girl Scouts who often compete to see who can sell the most boxes of cookies.

“We order from local girl scouts,” Hoecker said. “Our first order is coming from a little girl named Quinn. Her (stepfather) owns the tattoo shop around the corner, and my niece will be providing cookies for the next two.”

Hoecker said the event is geared toward any sort of wine enthusiast since they’ll be offering four different wines with four different cookies.

“We’ve brought in people who might not know a lot about wine or think they don’t like wine,” Hoecker said. “But when you pair it with a certain food or a treat, it takes on a different flavor and you can kind of appreciate it more.”

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