Edna Valley - Sauvignon Blanc - 2015

I'm still on a baking bender. My Goat Cheese and Lemon cookies sent me on a mission to make more unique cookies for my wine tasting nights, and with the warm weather making another appearance, it felt right to open a bottle of Sauvy B while I got back in the kitchen.

Enter the Edna Valley 2015 Sauvignon Blanc. This bottle stood out to me because of the bright green which reminded my of the wonderful grassy notes often found in this varietal. And something extra wonderful about this bottle? The price tag of $9.50. Yes please!

Now, this pairing may not be for everyone...mostly because I just went by color. Green bottle means green cookies. Not the best wine logic, but the perfect excuse to make Matcha Green Tea Cookies.

 So much beautiful and wonderful green! This might have been better served for St. Patrick's Day but screw it.

So much beautiful and wonderful green! This might have been better served for St. Patrick's Day but screw it.

I know it is October and this typically isn't what I would call Sauv Season, but San Francisco has been hit with a pleasant warm few days after a weekend of rain, and this wine just feels right for this sunshine.

This Sauv Blanc hit my nose with citrus and grapefruit, and tickled my palate with tropical fruits. I generally expect lower dollar Sauvignon Blancs to overwhelm me with lime and dryness, but this wine was balanced all the way around- a depth of guava and melons through the start and finished with a slight zingy dryness. Another win for the central coast of California! The area keeps producing better and better wines!

Time for cookies.

Here is what you need to buy aside from your wine:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon green tea powder (matcha)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk

Here is what you need to do while drinking your wine:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease baking sheets or butter them up. Pick your favorite
  2. Mix flour, matcha, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
  3. Beat brown sugar, butter, and white sugar together in a large bowl until blended; add in vanilla extract, egg, and egg yolk and mix together until smooth.
  4. Mix flour mixture into creamed butter mixture until dough is blended.
  5. Roll cookie dough into balls about the size of a quarter and drop onto the prepared baking sheet 2 to 3 inches apart. The cookies do spread as they bake.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. BARELY brown. If they are in the oven too long, the cookies lose their lovely rounded edges and get a little too crisp.
 Future Cookies ready for the oven!

Future Cookies ready for the oven!

Excuse the lack of prettiness going on here, but laid back sunny day calls for a casual presentation. 

Believe it or not. The dryness of the wine cuts through the sweetness and butter in the cookies, while the matcha compliments the melon and tropical flavors of the wine.

 I am definitely adding this wine to my favorite wines under $10 list, and adding these cookies to my "must bake again" list.

Hopefully this post didn't make anyone too green with envy.