Because cookies are a staple during the holiday season, it’s a great time to explore pairings with wines that complement these sweet treats. For example, try a sparkling wine with sugar cookies. The bubbles are fun with the crunchy toppings and help cut through the buttery richness. If you’d prefer a sparkler that’s just a little sweet, look for wines labeled “extra dry,” which means they are not as dry as a brut. In contrast, chocolate cookies call for the intensity of a ruby port. It’s hard to beat the bright, red berry flavors of these sweet fortified wines when it comes to finding a match made in heaven.

Mionetto Gran Rosé Extra Dry, Italy

Bought • World Market, 24 Brentwood Promenade Court, in November for $11.49 with free membership, promotional discounts

Description • This lively, peachy-pink sparkling Italian wine comes from Mionetta, the well-known producer of Prosecco. Just slightly sweet, it’s a fruity and fragrant wine that would go well with sugar cookies. It would also be a good accompaniment with fruit and is light and refreshing enough to be served as an aperitif wine. Another plus is that the wine’s beautiful color makes it a festive addition to a holiday table.

Dow’s Fine Ruby Porto, Portugal

Bought • World Market, 24 Brentwood Promenade Court, in November for $10.99 with free membership, promotional discounts

Description • While port can be made anywhere, true Porto must come from a specific region in Portugal’s Douro Valley. This one is produced by Dow’s, which has been making Porto for more than two centuries. Aged in casks for three years, this rich and fruity Porto has concentrated raspberry flavors and some peppery spice that make it a perfect match for chocolate. It’s also great with cheese to end a holiday meal.

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