First showcased at the 2009 Napa Valley Wine Auction, the Wine Snap has become the signature offering from Napa Cookie Company. Longtime wine country caterer Melissa Teaff drew on her experience working alongside noted Napa vintners to create this versatile cookie designed to bring out the very best in wine. Each delicious Wine Snap is handmade in small batches in her Napa Valley kitchen using all-natural, preservative-free ingredients. A sweet and spicy shortbread biscuit, Wine Snaps are delightful alone or as the perfect complement to wine and cheese.
Sold in the gallery, $6.50 per box of 24.
INGREDIENTS: Unbleached enriched flour, pure cane sugar, sweet cream butter, premium wine, cracked black pepper, aluminum-free baking powder, kosher salt, baking soda and Vitamin E (an anti-oxidant).
Tasting Notes from Melissa
RED WINE SNAPS: Like a great wine, Wine Snaps are deliciously complex. Rich hints of sugar move quickly to devilishly good jolts of black pepper and underlying salty notes. This salty-savory-sweet tang prepares your palate for the rich, deep flavors of a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, perhaps accompanied by a creamy Gorgonzola. But wait: the zingy highlights of black pepper also pair perfectly with a lush, fruity Zinfandel and your favorite Stilton. Then again, the sweet richness of the wafer plays the perfect companion to a dark, earthy Syrah enjoyed alongside some candied pecans. Every red wine finds its match in the Wine Snap.
WHITE WINE SNAPS: Prefer white wine to red? There’s another, slightly sweeter version of the Wine Snap to accompany white wine. Enjoy it with a cow’s milk blue cheese, and notice how it brings out the apple, pear, and butter flavors of Chardonnay. Or top it with a goat or sheep milk cheese as it brings out the grassy, herbaceous flavors in Sauvignon Blanc. It’s also delicious with sparkling wines—try it matched with a washed-rind cow’s milk cheese.
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