France Makes Coke-Flavored Wine; Americans Laugh and Start Planning Other Wine/Soda Combos

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Collage by Kaitlin Steinberg
Worst addition problem EVER.
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...

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.

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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."

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Alesandra Matilda
Alesandra Matilda

beer and sprite is my favorite summer drink. this has been going on in europe since forever..

Jennifer Martinez
Jennifer Martinez

I don't really like the taste of alcohol so I have to put sprite in my white wines.

Kirk Equality Childress
Kirk Equality Childress

europeans have been drinking sangrias with sodas & wine for basically as long as there have been sodas.

Chris
Chris

In Spain they have the Tinto de Verano - red wine & fanta on ice. It's actually not bad on a hot day.

bodl
bodl

It's wine and pop - and the ultimate add is Vernor's.

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Alexandre Dumas and Isabelle Adjani--for those two contributions to humanity alone, the French can make Snapple Shiraz for all I care. Fun stuff, Ms. Steinberg.

carriebwc
carriebwc

My uncle, who lives on Long Island, makes his own wine in the fall.  My cousin and I got ourselves through many hangovers drinking wine and soda--homemade wine and diet coke over ice.  I've heard they drink this combination in Spain, too, but I can't remember what it is called.


KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@MadMac Ooh Snapple Shiraz would have been a good one.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@carriebwc Was it good, or were you just drinking it cause it was there? I've never been much of a soda drinker, so I just can't wrap my head around this.

carriebwc
carriebwc

@KaitlinS @carriebwc Oh, no, it was good.  My uncle's wine is not, shall we say, extremely sophisticated.  I've had it with cheap red jug wine, though, too.  As a matter of fact, I am going to be with my cousin for a week in August, and I am going to make sure we get some wine and sodas in us for old time's sake.

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