Pairing Wine with Soup

Last chance for soup season - be sure to choose the right wine pairing!


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Mexican Beef Stew or Carne Guisada

This is an old Mexican classic and perfect for a chilly day. The term "comfort food" is not usually associated with the idea of being particularly healthy. Not the case here. Many of the Mexican Guisados rely as heavily on vegetables and seasonings as on meat to achieve their deep, rich flavor.

Freshness of ingredients is another factor here, especially since this dish is based off onions, carrots, squash, corn, green beans and tomatoes, all of which are readily available year round. Ancho and pastilla chiles can add layers of flavor without being over used.

For a meal like this, you can’t go wrong with Cabernet Sauvignon. For many, Cab is the wine of kings. Guisados, being heavy on meats with a rich sauce, require a wine that has body and strength like the Cabernet. Alexander Valley Cabernet of ‘09 would be a good choice here because of its soft and smooth aftertaste.

Mexican Stew

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  • Snooth User: Varimus
    957337 7

    Tempranillo is wonderful with our beef chuck minestrone.

    Apr 06, 2012 at 3:24 PM

  • Snooth User: AllSocial
    983916 26

    I have a hankering for French Onion Soup with my favorite Pinot Noir from Pacific Coast Vineyards

    Apr 06, 2012 at 7:04 PM

  • Snooth User: dmcker
    Hand of Snooth
    125836 4,942

    What's with a Beaujolais nouveau pairing for French onion soup, anyway? Are you still drinking that stuff in April???

    And sauvignon blanc with gumbo? Ever had any real stuff down in Louisiana? Either the SB, if French (or South African), will be destroyed, or some monstrous New Zealand SB will battle till it and the food are both dead.

    Soup is a notoriously difficult match for wines, though you have more stews than soups here. You should also seriously consider adding sherries into the mix. They often succeed when lesser wines fail....

    Apr 06, 2012 at 7:25 PM

  • Snooth User: James Fab
    1015246 81

    Ripasso, pinot noir, or burgundy with lentil soup. It works!

    Apr 07, 2012 at 10:19 PM

  • Snooth User: Stevern86
    909211 36

    Agreed, these examples are more like stews than soup. Don't forget sparkling wines with soups. The cool refrshing bubbles contrast nicley and refresh in between slurps. The sparkler's wide range of sweet to dry allows us the flexibility to pick one that compliments the wide variety of flavors we encounter within the broad category of soup.

    Apr 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM


    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:58 PM

  • forgot to mention that this pairing was recommended by a local bistro owner who is also a MW, it works very well,give it a try

    Apr 13, 2012 at 12:04 AM

  • forgot to mention that this pairing was recommended by a local bistro owner who is also a MW, it works very well,give it a try

    Apr 13, 2012 at 12:04 AM

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