Wine Down Eugene: Valentine’s Special

Is there any better pairing out there?

Wine Down Eugene February 12-18

Special Valentine Edition

Just the other day, I read an excellent article on by one of my wine writing colleagues, Meg Houston Maker, “For Valentine’s Day, Pour Wines From Winemaking Couples.”  Meg shared the article in a post on Facebook, stating, “Because the world does not need another Valentine’s Day story about pairing wine with chocolate.”

Hallelujah, I cannot agree more with Meg.  Simply Google wine and chocolate pairings and about 4 million results appear.  And frankly, wine and chocolate don’t really pair well; there have been very few times that I’ve actually enjoyed the two together.  I am much more inclined to enjoy a bottle of wine produced by a winemaking couple than I am to enjoy a bottle of wine with chocolate.  Meg’s article is a great read.

photovday capitello brut rose
Capitello Brut Rosé – perfect for Valentine’s Day

Although the store shelves are overflowing with heart shaped boxes of chocolates for the upcoming Valentine’s Day, I walk straight past that section to the aisle where the popcorn is.  I love popcorn, it’s my absolute favorite food.  Each year, on Valentine’s Day, I seek out new and intriguing popcorn recipes.  After the kids have gone to bed, I make a great big bowl of popcorn for my husband and I.  We cozy up on the couch in front of the TV and pop the cork on a bottle of Brut Rosé.  Some of the best food and wine pairings I have ever come across have been on Valentine’s Day, with a bowl of popcorn and a Brut Rosé.

Brut Rosé is the perfect wine for Valentine’s Day: it’s pink, it’s festive, and it not only pairs perfectly with popcorn, but with many other foods, as well.  In fact, sparkling wine, in general, pairs really well with all sorts of popcorn recipes, but for Valentine’s Day, the pinkish hue of Brut Rosés are simply irresistible.

As I was on the hunt for the perfect popcorn recipe for this year’s movie date with my husband, I couldn’t decide on just one – I came across a plethora of tempting recipes.  Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been experimenting with many of the recipes I discovered, and I’ve been in popcorn and Brut Rosé bliss.  My husband doesn’t know which recipe I’ve chosen for Valentine’s Day yet, but he’s well aware that I’ve been having a good time with my research.

I loved the Mumm Napa Brut Rosé with popcorn
I loved the Mumm Napa Brut Rosé with popcorn

The Brut Rosés that I’ve been sampling over the past few weeks are:

  • Mumm Napa Brut Rosé
  • Capitello Brut Rosé Olivia’s Cuvée
  • The Pines 1852 Brut Rosé 2010
  • Argyle Brut Rosé 2010
  • Ferrari Rosé Metodo Classico

The popcorn recipes I’ve been sampling over the past few weeks are:

  • Truffled Popcorn
  • Caramel Popcorn with Bacon
  • Pad Thai Popcorn
  • Biscoff Cookie Popcorn
  • Creamsicle Popcorn
Is there any better pairing out there?
Is there any better pairing out there?

Each of the Brut Rosés paired especially well with a specific popcorn recipe, and believe me, these pairings were, by far, tastier than any chocolate and wine pairing out there.  Follow me over to my award-winning website, for detailed tasting notes, the best matches between popcorn and wine, and for the pairing that I chose for Valentine’s Day.




Julia has been in the wine industry for nearly 20 years. First through creating European wine tours, then opening her own wine bar, Julia loves writing about food & wine on her website,

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