SkinnyPop, Paradise Hills Vineyard, & Scandal = The Perfect Thursday Night Pairing

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In honor of my obsession with Scandal I wanted to put together a “Netflix & Chill” kind of post Olivia might be proud of. So I decided to pair some of our local CT Wine Trail wines with SkinnyPop popcorn (because it’s my fave). Olivia is always pairing her vino and popcorn no matter if she’s happy or sad. So I thought, why not pair her two of her favorite things and watch her kick butt in D.C.? #WouldntOliviaPopeDoThis?

Below are some of my favorite pairings from Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery in Wallingford, CT. Margaret Ruggiero Mena, the Owner & Winemaker at Paradise, was kind enough to sit down with me and test out these pairings. Needless to say it was a fun Thursday night. 😉

Jalapeño SkinnyPop & The Washington Trail White:

The Washington Trail White is a lovely fruit forward, medium bodied wine with notes of crisp apples, bright citrus, and soft fruity flavors with a delicate off-dry finish. The bright acidity brings out the jalapeño flavor in tasty and balanced way. The low alcohol and balanced residual sugar/acidity offsets the spicy burn. This is a great pairing for someone who has a spicier palate.

Washington Trail White: $19.98/bottle

Skinny Pop Jalapeño: $13.86 for a 12 pack

Original Style Skinny Pop & Temptation Apple Wine:

The Temptation Apple wine is a semi-sweet wine made from 100% Connecticut Grown Apples. The crisp acidity from the wine balances out the “cheesey” notes of the Original Skinny Pop flavor. A delicious pairing for a sweet little girls night in.

Temptation Apple Wine: $15.50/bottle

Original Style Skinny Pop: $16.82/ 6 pack

Sea Salt & Pepper Skinny Pop and Trio Blend: 

Paradise’s “International Style” is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Carmenere. The elegant creamy mouthfeel stands up to the pepper and sea salt, creating a rich and flavorful compliment. Personally this is my favorite pairing because of the flavor explosion that happens between the pepper and fruit. I highlight recommend this pairing for anyone who loves a good steak with a Cabernet.

Trio Blend: $27.50/bottle

Sea Salt & Pepper Popcorn: $25.99/ 6 pack

White Cheddar Skinny Pop and Nostrada Tradizione:

The Nostradamus Tradizione is a Chianti Style wine, so naturally matching this blend with a cheesy popcorn is a delicious combination. The acidity in the wine offsets the creamy cheese notes balancing out your palate with well rounded flavors. Hints of cherry and raspberry are complimented by the creamy white cheddar notes.

Nostradamus Tradizione: $27.50/bottle

White Cheddar: $20.45/ 6 pack


So there you have it! Lots of delicious combinations from one of my favorite CT Wineries and Skinny Pop Popcorn. Thank you Olivia Pope, Kerri Washington, and the Scandal team for introducing me to this amazing food group. And Thank you to Margaret from Paradise Hills Winery for not thinking I was totally crazy for pairing her delicious wines with popcorn!

Other Wine & Popcorn Pairings Chart via Skinny Pop Popcorn:

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Christina Musto

Christina is a long-term member of the American Wine Society (AWS) and has been working with wine grapes since she was 11 years old. Christina graduated from Sonoma State University with her Wine Business MBA, she is a founding member of the Women Winemakers of Connecticut group and a Sommelier. Currently she works at Musto Wine Grape Company, LLC. helping source wine grapes for home makers. She is currently enrolled in the UC Davis Winemaking Extension Program and will be taking her first level WSET this winter. Christina loves all things wine and is excited to share her CT wine experiences with you! Cheers!

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