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5 Ridiculously Tasty Popcorn Recipes (With Wine Parings!)

  • Noble Vines

    Queso Fresco, Cayenne, Cilantro, and Lime Popcorn

    This popcorn is for those who like a little heat. Pair it with a cool, refreshing sauvignon blanc for balance.

    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
    • 1 cup queso fresco, finely crumbled
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (add more or use less depending on spice preference)
    • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
    • 1 lime, juiced

    Heat oil in a large, wide pot over high heat. Add popcorn, cover, and shake often. When popping slows to a few seconds between pops, remove from heat. Evenly mist the popcorn with lime juice (we recommend using a spray bottle). Toss popcorn with queso fresco, cayenne pepper, and cilantro.

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    Buffalo Bleu Popcorn

    Grab a bottle of chardonnay for this fun pop. Soft cheeses and creamy wines go together as well as, well, Shonda Rhimes and drama—meaning you need to pour a glass ASAP.

    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
    • 1 cup blue cheese, finely crumbled
    • Buffalo sauce (Frank's Red Hot is a classic)

    Heat oil in a large wide pot over high heat. Add popcorn, cover, and shake often. When popping slows to a few seconds between pops, remove from heat. Mist popcorn evenly with buffalo sauce. Toss with blue cheese crumbles.

  • Noble Vines

    Parmesan, Oregano, and Balsamic Popcorn

    A Bordeaux-style merlot is filled with some naughty and nice, with aromas of sweet herbs and spice. Complement is with a medium-hard cheese, like Parmesan. 

    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 1/2 cup kernels
    • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
    • 2 teaspoons oregano
    • Aged balsamic vinegar

    Heat oil in a large wide pot over high heat. Add popcorn, cover, and shake often. When popping slows to a few seconds between pops, remove from heat. Mist popcorn evenly with aged balsamic vinegar. Toss with Parmesan and oregano.

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    Coconut Curry Popcorn

    This popcorn is bursting with spicy flavor—which makes a bottle of pinot noir the perfect match. Its golden apple aromas and hints of toasty vanilla balance the popcorn's bold taste.

    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
    • Coconut milk
    • 1 teaspoon curry powder

    Heat oil in a large wide pot over high heat. Add popcorn, cover, and shake often. When popping slows to a few seconds between pops, remove from heat. Mist popcorn evenly with coconut milk and sprinkle with curry powder. Toss popcorn.

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    Sea Salt Popcorn

    Because cabernet sauvignon is packed with herbs and black pepper spice accents, it pairs well with this more classic popcorn recipe. Keep a bottle handy for the next time you crave a salty snack—it pairs so much better with wine than potato chips.

    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
    • Sea salt to taste
    • Cracked pepper to taste
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil

    Heat oil in a large wide pot over high heat. Add popcorn, cover, and shake often. When popping slows to a few seconds between pops, remove from heat. Mist popcorn evenly with olive oil and sprinkle generously with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. Toss popcorn.