Perfect Wine Pairing: POP Gourmet Popcorn And...

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!--paging_filter--pspanI hate the tyranny of traditional meal times, especially this time of year./span/p
pEating lunch at noon or dinner at 7 p.m. means facing packed dining rooms, for one thing. When it stays light late, a long, leisurely mid-day meal is one of my favorite summer rituals and I recently savored an incredibly wonderful lunch on the sun-dappled deck at the ever-lovely a href="" target="_blank"Pink Door/a. Though I’m not sure it should be called lunch when it starts at 3 p.m. and stretches into happy hour and involves two glasses of wine and the best dang cioppino this side of San Francisco./p
pAn epic lunch means a late, light dinner and as a followup to that memorable meal in the middle of the afternoon, I stumbled onto what might be the most incredible food and wine pairing EVER./p
pOK, maybe that’s a bit of a overstatement. Maybe it was just so spot-on because it satisfied my yearning for something salty and something crisp./p
pI’m certainly not the first to declare the cheesy charm of a href=""POP Gourmet Popcorn/a’s Rogue Blue, made with Rogue Creamery’s Blue Heaven. It’s won a couple of pretty cool awards including a Gold sofi™ Award at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York./p
pI popped open a package of that betcha-cannot-eat-just-one-handful snack and poured a glass of outstanding Broadbent Vinho Verde, one of my fave warm-weather whites. This bright, super dry, slightly spritzy wine from Portugal is as refreshing as a cold plunge into Puget Sound./p
pAnd the wine’s bracing acidity was tempered by the sharp blue cheese notes in the popcorn. Perfect-o!/p
pI might have to spend the rest of the season exploring more Pop combos. The Kent-based company just came out with a savory line featuring a few of the a href="" target="_blank"Tom Douglas Rub with Love spice /amixes. I think the Smoky BBQ with Northwest White Cheddar would be a fun one to hook up with a Northwest Sauv blanc, don’t you?/p