Popcorn’s origins may predate U.S. history, but Americans can’t get enough of this timeless snack. From movie theaters to county fairs, game nights and weekends at home with Netflix, popcorn has a permanent place. The snack can be both nourishing and comforting.
Whether you prefer your bucket or bowl with savory flavors, a buttery topping or sweet and sticky, there is a wine from one of the many diverse regions across the country that will really make it pop.
Classic buttered popcorn is like a warm hug. It’s toasty and creamy, with a fluffy, yielding texture. Pair with a bold Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California. Choose one with oaky notes of vanilla and nuts and the buttery richness produced from malolactic fermentation. A chilled sip following a warm mouthful will land you on cloud nine.
Pop your kernels in duck fat, sprinkle with salt and porcini mushroom powder and be immediately transported to a log-cabin adventure. Meaty and smoky flavors pair well with earthy Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. These wines exude a truffle-like decadence along with wild herbal notes that will bring out the gamy flavor of duck fat, while the high acidity cuts through all the richness for a perfect balance.