Food and Wine - Popcorn!
Copyright 2001 by Robin Garr. All rights reserved. Originally printed July 05, 2001. For more information go to www.wineloverspage.com.
The idea of serving wine with popcorn might sound like a joke, but I used to know a wine enthusiast who swore that you can't beat a cold glass of bubbly with a bowl of hot, buttered popcorn for a quiet evening at home with a good movie.
I'm not sure I would try this with an expensive Champagne, but consider one of the affordable Spanish bubblies from such popular wineries as Freixenet, Codorniu or Paul Cheneau, or one of the American or Australian sparkling wines from French-owned producers like Chandon (Green Point in Australia), Roederer, Mumm or Piper.
I think you'll find that the fizzy chill and rich fruit in a decent sparkling wine make a memorable match with the salty, crunchy goodness of popcorn, a delicious demonstration of the happy news that wine doesn't have to be reserved for fancy fare. (Meanwhile, if you insist on a more elegant snack, you might consider that one of the traditional accompaniments to fine Champagne is, well, caviar.)