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Wine Goes Pop – In More Ways Than One

I thought I hadpop seen it all after the coco cola flavoured wine that was released recently but now wine-infused popcorn is hitting the headlines. Populence, a gourmet popcorn bar located in New York City, teamed up with the New Zealand winery Kim Crawford to create two new wine-soaked popcorn flavors: Pinot Noir Chocolate Drizzle and Sauvignon Blanc Kettle:

“People are always picking up our popcorn for wine pairing parties,” Populence founder Maggie Paulus said in a statement. “The idea of actually incorporating a high-end wine such as Kim Crawford into a unique new recipe is exciting.”

ABC News reports that “the Sauvignon Blanc offers a zesty, lemony taste, while the Pinot Noir Chocolate Drizzle plays to the more indulgent. Both are meant to be paired with their respective wines.”

pop 6I haven’t spotted a wine-infused hot dog yet but last year a restaurant named DougieDog Hot Dogs in Vancouver created the $100 dollar Dragon Dog which was billed as the most expensive hotdog in the world.

The hot dog was made with a bratwurst infused with century-old Louis XIII Cognac (which costs around $2,000 a bottle), topped with fresh lobster and Kobe beef seared in truffle and olive oil, served with a secret picante sauce.

pop 2If these don’t tickle your fancy then a nice cup of wine flavoured tea might do the trick. Vintage Tea Works offer a range of teas to choose from including White Tea Riesling, Green Tea Sauvignon, Oolong Chardonnay. Rooibos Noir, Black Tea Merlot and Pu-Erh Cabernet.

Founded by Brandon Ford, who spent 10 years studying and teaching others about wine, the teas are not meant to mimic or recreate wine but rather to celebrate wine and tea’s unique characteristics.

pop 7Alternatively you could opt for tea-infused wine. Entrepreneur James Henry has created Teavine which is a mix of organic green tea, organic honey, and a blend of Viognier and Traminette wines. The result is a slightly carbonated wine of 6.5% abv.

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