Caramel Popcorn with Wine

The Story:

I have a question, is caramel pronounced CARE-uh-mel or CAR-mul?  Isn’t it annoying how several words have different ways of saying them?  For instance, the word aunt.  Do you pronounce it ON-t or ANT?  What about tomato, is it TOE-may-toe or TOE-ma-toe?  How the hell or we supposed to know?  Should I do a search on Forvo.com or hire a speech therapist?  Lord knows I have a hard enough time with all the French, Italian and worst of all, Greek wine names and terms (Caution, beware of wine snobs when pronouncing wine terms…I’ve embarrassed the heck out of myself)!  It seems like the difference between looking like a complete idiot who doesn’t know English often has to do with where you were raised.  Take the word soda for instance.  Part of the country calls it pop.  Growing up, I distinctly remember my grandmother referring to Wednesday as WHENS-dee and the refrigerator as the “ice box.”  One thing is for sure, when caramel is mixed with salty popcorn and just the right wine, no one is paying attention to how you say it!

The Pairing:

To kick off the month of October, I’ve decided to pair a Halloween favorite, caramel popcorn with wine.  To achieve this I chose a bottle of 2008 Trisaetum Riesling ($29.99)  from the Willamette Valley of Oregon (and let me tell you, if you haven’t tried Oregon Riesling, you’re in for a huge surprise)!  The name of the producer is pronounced TRIS-a-tum (since we’re on the subject of pronouncing things correctly!).  ”Wine Enthusiast” gave the wine 94 points out of 100 saying, “dense and still light, it brings honey, tea, lemon, nectarine, jasmine, lime, caramel and sweet nut flavors together, a riotous jumble that is beyond delicious.”  Ok, I’m convinced:)~  After a bite of the food and then a sip of the wine, I notice the sugar levels are right on par.  The acidity in the wine lengthens the caramel flavor of the popcorn and the two come together seamlessly.  I also like that the wine has a syrupy texture, similar to the film that’s left on the tongue by the popcorn, but yet has refreshing acidity to wash the grease/oil and salt off the tongue.  What a great way to start fall, don’t you think?

Just an FYI, this wine is sold out on their website http://trisaetum.com.  However, Khoury’s Fine Wine and Spirits should still have a few bottles in stock, here in Las Vegas.  Good luck and cheers!

Comments:

Please let me know your comments in the section below!  What words do you have a hard time pronouncing?  What do you enjoy eating during the month of October? Let’s chat!

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