My Wife’s Notes – 2008 Cedar Creek Chardonnay – Aged White Cheddar Popcorn

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Alana’s White Cheddar Popcorn

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/4-1/3 canola (or other vegetable) oil
  • 1 1/2 cups aged white cheddar, finely grated
  • sea salt to taste

Preheat the oven to 250F. In a Whirly Pop (or your preferred popcorn popping apparatus) heat the oil.  Add the popcorn kernels, and stir constantly.  When the popcorn has fully popped, remove from heat and add the popcorn to a large oven-safe bowl, layering the cheese in it.  The cheese will begin to melt, but for best results, place the bowl in the oven for 5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted to your desired melted-ness.  Remove from oven and stir thoroughly, adding salt if desired.

Thursday night is designated as Date Night In for the Albrechts.  We record all of our favorite television shows earlier in the week, and spend the evening indulging in some serious relaxation.  We have a system too: I time dinner to be ready when Alana comes home from work, and we eat while watching Modern Family and Community.  We take a break to clean up the kitchen, and Alana makes White Cheddar Popcorn before starting Parks & Recreation.  I like to think Ron Swanson would approve of us eating while watching him.

We usually continue to drink wine I’ve chosen for dinner, but this week is all about pair the wine specifically for the popcorn.  With flavors of aged cheeses, I figured that a Chardonnay would be the ideal pairing, even though I’m not really a Chard fan.  After a little in-store research, Cedar Creek’s 2008 Chardonnay seemed like a good bet.

My Notes:

Light fleeting aromas of citrus and fresh almonds on the nose.  First sip is smooth, dry and long, with lemon and apple-ly crispness mingled with toasted sourdough and a buttery finish…actually, if you made an appetizer with apple and brie on a sourdough crostini, it would be an absolute perfect pairing.  This is a very mildly oaked Chardonnay, quite a bit more drinkable than I normally find a Chard to be.

When paired with the popcorn, the fruitiness comes out bigger, tart and strong.  I expected the oak to pair nicely with the popcorn and cheese, but it all but disappeared.  I’m a bit disappointed with my pairing, as I suspect a more strongly oaked wine would stand up much better. Not even Ron Swanson’s mustache could improve this for me. 84 points.

My Wife’s Notes:

“It’s too dry for me. Hey, uh, you made a bowl of popcorn for yourself, right?”

2008 Cedar Creek Chardonnay. $17.90 from BC Liquor Stores.

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