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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - MARCH 19: Israeli winemaker Uri Hetz rates Cabernet Sauvignon wines during a tasting session as more than 250 wines from some 60 Israeli wineries compete for coveted awards to be announced next week March 19, 2007 in Tel Aviv. Wines have been produced in the Holy Land since pre-biblical times, but the Muslim conquest of 636 AD forced a hiatus in the tradition. Currently Israeli per capita wine consumption has doubled but compared to European countries it remains low. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)

You guys know I love my wine, but even though I might not be able to partake this year since I’m pregnant, someone should!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the season of Christmas cookies and wine. When you’re enjoying them together, you’ll want to have the right wine for each cookie to bring out the flavors of both.

For a simple cookie, you’ll want an uncomplicated wine to go with it. I suggest pairing sweeter wines with sweeter cookies.

Here are the top recommendations for wines to go with some of your favorite Christmas cookies:

  • Almond Crescent Cookies – Something “soft and fruit forward,” like an Italian pinot grigio helps to balance the flavors.
  • Butter Cookies – These rich cookies pair perfectly with a crisp, bubbly Prosecco. MY FAV!
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies – Keep it simple with a less intense red, like a pinot noir, which has flavors of dark berries and spice that work well with semi-sweet chocolate.
  • Gingerbread Cookies – This classic holiday treat goes nicely with a semi-dry Riesling or a seasonal red like Beaujolais Nouveau [[boh-zhuh-LAY new-VOH]], which balances the ginger and molasses flavors of the cookie.
  • Chocolate Crinkles – A cabernet sauvignon is an “excellent choice” for pairing with the sweet, rich chocolate.
  • Snickerdoodles – Enjoy these tasty cinnamon-spiced cookies with a bubbly Spanish Moscato that will make the cookie seem less sweet.