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Popcorn and Wine Pairing Tips

To Make Wine Explode, Pair It With Popcorn


Popcorn may not be the first food pairing that comes to mind when drinking wine, but Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson thinks it's time to change that.

"Popcorn is great with wine," said Robinson, who discovered the pairing when she was first starting out at New York's International Wine Center.

"I went into the kitchen to microwave some popcorn, and there was a free bottle of Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay. It was my first 'Aha!' wine pairing moment." Here are some of Robinson's favorite wine-and-popcorn flavor combinations.

  • Thyme popcorn or pesto popcorn with Napa Cabernet. Pesto will bring out the Cabernet's cedar notes, and is a great meat-free bridge to big red wines.
  • Wasabi popcorn + Riesling. The wine counterbalances wasabi's heat.
  • Paprika or hickory with Pinot Noir. Smoky elements complement the spice notes in a Pinot.
  • Aged gouda popcorn with barrel-fermented Chardonnay. "Eating aged gouda with barrel-fermented Chardonnay is like eating unsweetened crème brûlée!"

Have you ever tried eating popcorn alongside a glass of vino?

Source: Flickr User Mike Miley

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cheflala cheflala 4 years
I have been drinking wine with popcorn for years! My fav is shredded mozzerela cheese and popcorn with a great Cab. When my husband dosen't want much for dinner or I get home late from work this is my go to dinner!
lil-miss-haley lil-miss-haley 4 years
I've been eating buttery popcorn with chardonnay for years! Everyone said I was crazy, good to see I'm not the only one :P
lauren lauren 4 years
Oh it looks like I will be having a popcorn and wine tasting party!
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 4 years
Never done it, but now I have to try it! Especially the aged gouda and barrel-fermented Chardonnay.
Sprint2theTable Sprint2theTable 4 years
I thought I was the only one that did this! I love to make parmesan and herb popcorn and enjoy it with a pinot.
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