Here’s How To Pair Your Popcorn With Your Wine For The Perfect Movie Night

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Wine and popcorn are a winning combination, but if you’re going to be loyal to your favorite movie snack, you might as well do it right. Pick the right popcorn for your wine so that your taste buds get the best action while you’re sucked into Netflix.  Whether you buy your popcorn already flavored or you add your own spice blend to the bag, here’s how to pick the right vino.

Buttered Popcorn And Chardonnay

If you’re going to stick with buttered popcorn, you might as well choose a buttery Chardonnay to go with it. The popcorn brings out the nutty flavors in the Chardonnay and the buttery flavors of the wine complement the rich-buttered popcorn taste.

Sharp Cheddar Popcorn And Cabernet Sauvignon

A dry full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon pairs really well with extra sharp cheddar. The red wine highlights the saltiness and bold cheddar flavors.

Cilantro Lime Popcorn And Pinot Grigio

The freshness of the cilantro and the refreshing citrus flavor will definitely work with a crisp Pinot Grigio. Channel your inner suburban mom and sip on some Pinot with your cilantro-spiked popcorn.

Truffle Popcorn And Pinot Noir

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If you add a little truffle oil or truffle salt to your popcorn, an earthy Pinot Noir is perfect to compliment the umami earthiness of the truffles.

Sea Salt And Chocolate Popcorn And Merlot

Chocolate and red wine are a perfect duo, especially when the chocolate is coating your popcorn and then it’s all just a genuinely enjoyable time. A little bit of natural sea salt mixed in there will bring out the rich flavors of the Merlot.

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn And Sparkling Wine

A little sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on your popcorn works with white sparkling wines like Asti Spumanti or a little Prosecco.

Rosemary Popcorn And Zinfandel

Zinfandel is lighter in color than other popular red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. You’ll get notes of black pepper, jam and licorice. The spiciness of the Zinfandel works with a fragrant, woody herb like rosemary.

Cumin Popcorn And Red Bordeaux


Red Bordeaux wines are medium to full-bodied with aromas of black currant and plums. There’s an earthiness to a red Bordeaux that works with an earthy, nutty spice like cumin.

Paprika Popcorn And Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet grapes are complex and give the wine rich, bold and earthy flavors of black cherry, oak, currant and plum. Paprika has a bit of a pungent and peppery taste. It’s made from ground bonnet pepper and it lends a natural brick-red color to your food. You can sprinkle sweet Hungarian paprika or smoked paprika on your popcorn, and a rich Cabernet would work either way.

Jalapeño Cheddar Popcorn And Zinfandel

A dry, red Zinfandel has hints of dark jam and black pepper. The fruitiness and spiciness pair well with the jalapeño and the saltiness of the cheddar.