Text Size:-+
05.01.2012

The Essence of Wine: Buttered Popcorn

vinography_essence_buttered_popcorn.jpg

Image © 2012 Leigh Beisch

Unmistakably redolent of American childhood, nothing quite compares to the scent of freshly popped corn drenched in movie theater butter. Adored or reviled, and sometimes both at once, for its rich, guilty pleasure, buttered popcorn seems to trip the most primal triggers for indulgence and comfort. The creamy, salty, toasty scent entices no less richly in the aromas of wine than it does in a cinema lobby. This unique aroma most often results from the complex chemistry between the toasted oak of a barrel and the remarkable bacteria that convert tart, green-apple malic acid into the smooth, buttercream of lactic acid. Proportionally layered on top of leaner flavors and aromas, notes of buttered popcorn add an almost irresistible savoriness, most often to Chardonnay, where the tension between salinity, acidity, and fruit in just the right proportion can yield results nothing short of transcendent.

Grgich Hills Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California, USA
Parallel Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California, USA
Yering Station Reserve Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Australia
Chateau de Maltroye "La Dent de Chien" Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, Burgundy, France
Vins d'Orrance "Cuvee Anais" Chardonnay, Western Cape, South Africa
Veramonte "Reserva" Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley, Chile
Isole e Olena "Collezione de Marchi" Chardonnay, Tuscany, Italy
Bodega Monteviejo "Lindaflor" Chardonnay, Tunuyan, Argentina
Ata Rangi "Petrie" Chardonnay, Martinborough, New Zealand


This is part of an ongoing series of original images and prose called The Essence of Wine

Buy My Book!

small_final_covershot_dropshadow.jpg A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. Learn more.

Follow Me On:

Twitter Facebook Pinterest Instagram Delectable Flipboard

Most Recent Entries

Vinography Images: Cold Snap Cincinnati Here I Come! Happy Thanksgiving from Vinography Vinography Unboxed: Week of November 23, 2014 Putting a Cork in Your Thanksgiving Wine Anxiety Plumbing the Depths of Portugal: A Tasting Journey Vinography Images: Rain at Last The Mysterious Art of Selling Direct Critical Consolidation in Wine What Has California Got Against Wineries?

Favorite Posts From the Archives

Masuizumi Junmai Daiginjo, Toyama Prefecture Wine.Com Gives Retailers (and Consumers) the Finger 1961 Hospices de Beaune Emile Chandesais, Burgundy Wine Over Time The Better Half of My Palate 1999 Királyudvar "Lapis" Tokaji Furmint, Hungary What's Allowed in Your Wine and Winemaking Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Appreciating Wine in Context The Soul vs. The Market 1989 Fiorano Botte 48 Semillion,Italy

Archives by Month

 

Required Reading for Wine Lovers

The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson The Taste of Wine by Emile Peynaud Adventures on the Wine Route by Kermit Lynch Love By the Glass by Dorothy Gaiter & John Brecher Noble Rot by William Echikson The Science of Wine by Jamie Goode The Judgement of Paris by George Taber The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil The Botanist and the Vintner by Christy Campbell The Emperor of Wine by Elin McCoy The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson The World's Greatest Wine Estates by Robert M. Parker, Jr.