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3 Perfect Popcorn Pairings For Your Next Movie Night

Alisha Sommer

Popcorn has been around since about 3600 B.C. but rose to popularity in America during the late 1800's after the invention of the popcorn maker. During World War II, sugar rations reduced candy production and Americans tripled their popcorn consumption. And it's no wonder. There's just something so irresistible about a big bowl of popcorn. Merely the sound of it popping makes our mouths water with anticipation. Is it the light and airy texture? The sound of the crunch? Maybe we love it so much because the smell of it takes back in time to when we were kids, wiping our buttery fingers on our shirts with our eyes glued to the movie screen.

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Speaking of movies, these cold winter nights mean that a lot of us are staying in and cozying up by the fire or making time to gather with friends for potlucks and football games. So in celebration of National Popcorn Day, here are a few popcorn and wine pairings that will impress your friends and upgrade your "Netflix and chill."

*Use 1/4 cup of kernels for the recipes below. 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels will yield about 7 cups of popped popcorn. Freshly popped corn made with an air-popper or cooked in a little bit of oil on the stove top will yield the best results.

Morning Fog Pop

Lemon Butter Popcorn with Morning Fog Chardonnay

Morning Fog Chardonnay bursts with aromatics from citrus, lemon curd, pear and toasty oak. This wine is balanced by hints of vanilla and citrus on the palate, finishing with a nice acidity.
This lemon butter popcorn compliments highlights its citrus notes.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted

1 teaspoon lemon zest

Sea Salt

Directions: Mix melted butter in lemon zest. Drizzle lemon and butter mixture over popcorn. Salt to taste. Gentle stir to coat.

Nth Syrah Pop

Black Pepper and Sea Salt Popcorn with nth Degree Syrah

Our 2017 nth degree Syrah has a big character and layered aromatics from smoke to baking spice and clove. On the palate, this wine is savory and enticing and balanced by structured tannins. If you like a little spice, this recipe is for you.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted

Freshly ground pepper

1/2 tsp of Flaky sea salt

Directions: Drizzle butter over the popcorn and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Gently stir to coat. Top with a few cranks of freshly cracked pepper.

Brut Pop

Truffle Popcorn with Wente Limited Release Brut

This is a classic Brut, with aromas and flavors of pear and dried apricot with hints of

crème brulee and apple. It has nice complexity from the sur lies aging in the Methode

Champenoise, and has a refreshing crispness and lingering vanilla cream aftertaste

that pairs exceptionally well with food.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons of truffle oil

1/2 tsp of Flaky sea salt

1/4 cup of finely shredded Grana Padan

Directions: Drizzle truffle oil over popcorn. Sprinkle popcorn with salt and gently stir to coat. Top popcorn with shredded Grana Padano