Perfect Pairing: Petit Manseng & Cayenne Curry Popcorn
On the few weekends I’m not traveling you’re likely to find me out in the Shenandoah at my favorite wineries. Last weekend was no exception. I was out at my absolute favorite Virginia winery, Glen Manor Vineyards, tasting their current selections.
They have one wine this year, the 2012 Petit Manseng, which is extremely well done, but as a sweet wine, not for me. I make everyone who comes with me try it for the first time, but it’s the one wine I won’t re-sample.
One of the owners though, now a dear friend, is renowned for verbally pairing the wines with the perfect food. You may never be able to replicate what she describes, but after tasting one of the wines and hearing her description, you’ll spend the rest of your life hoping to experience that combination.
I will always remember trying their 2007 Sauvignon Blanc and hearing her talk about pairing it with shucked salty oysters fresh from Maryland. I wanted nothing more from life than to try the two. This spring (review forthcoming), 4 years later, I finally did!
This weekend, as I passed on the Petit Manseng, she worked her magic. “This wine would go particularly well with popcorn seasoned with curry and cayenne pepper.” I could actually picture this pairing, and I was excited!
She went on to describe how you could pop the corn in a brown paper sandwich bag, thereby forgoing the pre-packaged butter seasoning (saving money and calories), and then melting and infusing butter with lots of curry and cayenne before pouring it over the popcorn.
So I bought 2 bottles of the almost sold out vintage and promptly bought some popcorn. The first time I just tried spraying olive oil on the popcorn before seasoning it and it was good with the wine, but not amazing. Yesterday I actually melted and infused the butter. A matter of 2 minutes. WOW.
Disclaimer: Even if you don’t like sweet wine, even if you don’t like cayenne pepper, I highly recommend this pairing! If you don’t have access to Glen Manor wines then you need to come visit Virginia. If that’s not possible then hunt down the most flavorful Riesling you can find! We receive no affiliate credit if you wind up buying wine or doing an incredible pairing, but we hope you’ll invite us over or at least share the recipe.
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