France Makes Coke-Flavored Wine; Americans Laugh and Start Planning Other Wine/Soda Combos
When I first read it on NPR's food blog, I thought I'd somehow started reading The Onion without realizing it. I glanced up at the header at the top of the page. Still NPR. Oh God, it must be true...
Collage by Kaitlin Steinberg Worst addition problem EVER.
It seems it is true and also sad and funny and terribly confusing. French vintner Haussmann Famille has just released a red wine called Rouge Sucette (translation: red lollipop) made from 75 percent grapes and 25 percent water. That sounds okay until you keep reading and see that the wine also contains added sugar and cola flavoring. According to the NPR article, it is meant to be served chilled.
Red wine. Chilled. With Coke. Mon dieu!
Initially I was mad at France. I've already waxed poetic about my love for the country on this very blog, so naturally I expect more from the people who brought us coq au vin and Gérard Depardieu. But then I got to thinking. Okay, so wine consumption in France is down, and now the vintners have to adapt to the changing times. America needs to beat them to it!
So here, for your reading (and possibly vomiting) pleasure, are the top 6 wine-and-soda combinations that need to hit the French market next. Santé! And I'm sorry.
Photo by Monica Fuentes This grapefruit-heavy white wine is perfect for a hot summer day.
6. Squirt + Gewürztraminer
Though I've never been a big soda drinker, I've always loved Squirt. Most descriptions of it simply refer to its flavor as "citrus," but it's definitely an iteration of grapefruit soda. Gewürztraminer is both fun to say and a delicious sweet, off-dry German white wine. People often describe Gewürztraminer as having notes of passion fruit, lychee, roses and, yes, grapefruit! So the pairing is only natural if you think about it (and I mean really think about it). Though Squirt is fizzy, this wine would be still (that's flat for you soda drinkers) and would pair well with barbecue, Asian food and the 1950s.
5. Blue Sky Black Cherry Soda + Cabernet Sauvignon
Blue Sky is the "healthy" soda because all of its sodas are made with all-natural ingredients, and some of them are even organic. Just so you don't feel quite as bad about those empty calories. Black Cherry is definitely one of Blue Sky's best creations, because it actually kind of tastes like black cherry. Cabernet is a fruity red with high tannins and has hints of plum and black cherry. Cabernet grapes are often blended with other wines like Merlot, so why not soda? Pair this marvelous new beverage with red meat, dark chocolate and this weed varietal, apparently called "Black Cherry Soda."