9 Ways to Pair Holiday Cookies and Wine

9 Holiday Cookie and Wine Pairings

We’re dreaming of a white AND red Christmas! These 9 holiday cookie and wine pairings will bring your sweets game up a notch. 

Cookies are arguably the best part of the holiday season! Whether your family is the simple type or the family  that makes hundreds of cookies for friends, family, and random neighbors, you won’t want to miss these holiday cookie and wine combos.

Pairing Wine and Holiday Cookies

holiday cookie and wine pairings

Gingerbread and Shiraz

Whether you’re going all out with your gingerbread house this year or making some gingerbread people, pair this holiday cookie with a glass of Shiraz

Shiraz is a bold red wine that is known for its flavor notes of red fruit and baking spices. These flavors will come into play with the spice-driven gingerbread cookies. The fruit notes from the wine will also bring a slight fruitiness to this well-known Christmas cookie.

bright cellars bushtelly shiraz
Bright Cellars Bushtelly Shiraz

If you’re looking for a specific recommendation, try pairing this holiday cookie with a glass of our Bushtelly Shiraz! This bold Australian wine features flavor notes of spicy black pepper, smoke, raspberry, and plum. Could this holiday get any cozier?

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

For this holiday cookie filled with chocolate, go with a glass of Merlot

Chocolate and wine are a match made in wine pairing heaven! Merlot’s flavor notes of chocolate, vanilla, and cherry will go with the chocolate flavors from the crinkle cookies while also adding in some fruity flavors from the cherry.

Jetbird merlot
Bright Cellars’ Jetbird Merlot

We like to pair this holiday cookie with the glass of our Jetbird Merlot. This wine features flavor notes of baking spices, raspberry, and cherry. It is full-bodied with a bright acidity and smooth tannin finish.

holiday cookie and wine pairings

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Whether you load up with frosting or keep it simple, pair this scrumptious holiday cookie with a glass of sparkling wine. 


The bubbles in the sparkling wine will cut through the sugary sweetness from the cookies (and frosting). Plus the wine’s orchard fruit flavor notes will bring something a little extra to the table.

Bright Cellars Aromica Sparkling Wine

Bright Cellars’ Aromica Sparkling Wine

Bright Cellars’ Aromica Sparkling Wine will make the perfect pairing! This wine has intense aromatic notes of lychee, peach, and honeysuckle. It is well-balanced and has a bright acidity. 

Meringue Cookies

Meringue cookies are simple and easy to eat. You know what that means – you could easily throw back a whole pan before you knew what hit you.They pair well with a wine that has similar qualities. 


Enter Rosé. Rosé’s flavor notes of strawberry, honey, and lemon will complement the flavors in the meringue cookies. Rosé is also known for easy drinking

holiday cookie and wine pairings - spritz cookies

Spritz Cookies

Don’t get these confused with sugar cookies! While slightly similar, spritz cookies are more buttery compared to the sugary sweet sugar cookie. 

Pair these cookies with a glass of dry Riesling. The flavor notes of green apple, beeswax, and jasmine will complement the flavors in this traditional holiday cookie. You could also go with an oaked Chardonnay for this pairing. The flavor notes of butter and tropical fruits will go perfectly with this buttery treat. 

Going with a lemon spritz cookie? Try a Viognier! The citrus flavor notes will harmonize with the lemon flavors from the cookie

Butter Cookies

Similar to spritz cookies, butter cookies are driven by the rich and creamy butter flavors. 


The best way to pair this cookie is with an oaked Chardonnay. The oak aging gives Chardonnay a slightly creamy or buttery flavor. This buttery flavor will complement the warm butter flavor in the cookies.

Bright Cellars Meet Cute Oaked Chardonnay - holiday cookie and wine pairings
Bright Cellars’ Meet Cute Oaked Chardonnay

The Meet Cute Oaked Chardonnay is a buttery wine with other flavor notes of mango, coconut, and pineapple. Give these tropical fruit flavors a try with your butter cookie.You’ll be surprised at the flavor sensation!

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Oh you know… those peanut butter cookies with the Hersey’s kiss on top? That mom makes every year? 

Pair this popular holiday cookie creation with a glass of Zinfandel. Zin is known for its jammy red fruit flavors that will go with their peanut butter & chocolate like well…PB & J!

Cabin 5 Zinfandel
Bright Cellars’ Cabin 5 Zinfandel

Bright Cellars’ Cabin 5 Zinfandel has flavor notes of strawberry, raspberry, and black pepper that will cut through the peanut butter and chocolate from this cookie. 

holiday cookie and wine pairings

Jam Cookies

These sweet cookies get most of their flavor from the jam in the middle!

Try pairing these jam cookies with a glass of Moscato d’Asti. This sweet and bubbly Italian wine will cut through the sweetness from the jam in these cookies while also giving the pairing a hint of peaches, lemons, and pear. 

Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles are sugar cookies but with cinnamon. Pair these sweet, yummy cookies with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The ripe fruit flavors from the Sauv Blanc will give these cookies a slight stone fruit flavor that will mix well with the cinnamon.

holiday cookie and wine pairings
Bright Cellars Hazleaire Sauvignon Blanc

Hazelaire Sauvignon Blanc has flavor notes of lemon zest, green apple, and lemongrass. These flavor notes will go perfectly with each bit of your snickerdoodle cookie. 

In Vino Finito

What are your favorite holiday cookie and wine pairings? Share your favorite recipes with us in the comments!


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