New York, NY, United States (4E) – Soup and wine tasting seem like the stuff of grown-up parties, where women wear pearl necklaces around their necks and men don turtleneck sweatshirts or wear their hair sleek with pomade. That does not mean though that it cannot be fun for us average Joes and Janes!
One cannot deny it can get tricky, however. Soup and wine seem like an odd pairing—after all, why pair one liquid with another. It’s not a problem, however, with textures and myriads of complex flavors in both, coming into play, food experts maintain.
“If the soup is chunky or thick and closer to being a stew, as this recipe is with its rice, then liquid in the glass isn’t a worry,” enthused Bill St. John of Chicago Tribune.
If the wine is heavy, St. John added, a light broth can still work perfectly with it.
St. John recommends sherry, as a perfect “go-to” wine style for any soup and aromatic whites for spicy soups like curry.
Natalie MacLean of Cooking Light, an online food guide, dispels the notion that hearty, full-bodied wines equate to meaty soups and stews. While the pairing is a match made in heaven, it may not always be the case, she said.
“The ingredients in the pot really determine the perfect pairing,” she noted in her article, Pairing Wine with Soups and Stews. Acidic wines, she added, go well with “earthy flavors, like spices, herbs and tangy tomatoes.” Sweeter vegetables such as onions, carrots and squash, pair well with fruity wines.
The Original Soupman soup and wine pairings could probably settle the issue. This soup brand’s many varieties will have no trouble matching with any of the numerous wine available.
If you’re serving The Original Soupman Manhattan Clam Chowder, the soup could profit from a glass of fruity wine, say a Pinot Grigio. The refreshing apple and citrus notes pair harmoniously with a seafood-based soup cooked with sweet veggies such as onions and potatoes like in clam chowder, just like what MacLean advised.
Craving something spicy and heavy like The Original Soupman Beef Chili? Save your Cabernet Sauvignon for it. Opt for New World Cabernet Sauvignon (i.e. California), which provides a light contrast to the sweet beans and tangy tomato flavors of the soup. Feasting heavily on the soup? Choose Old World Cabernet Sauvignon (i.e. Bordeoux), which is heavy on floral and earthy notes.
Cheesy flavors are a hit among wine tasters, so you may want to go for The Original Soupman Broccoli and Cheese or Italian Wedding to stimulate your guests’ appetite, and a stronger, full-bodied, oaky or nutty wine to cleanse and open up their palates. Match The Original Soupman French Onion soup with a Merlot, Chardonnay, Zinfandel or Pinot Noir.
Delicate but rich, stewy soups like The Original Soupman Beef Gumbo or Minestrone soup get away with medium-bodied, nutty wines as well like Chianti. Chianti blends are well-balanced, slightly acidic and dry, featuring a light, fruity and floral aroma. Sometimes, the taste of cherries and herbs dominate the wine’s flavor which makes it the right fit to provide contrast to the meaty and sweet veggie flavors in stews.
The Original Soupman of Soupman Inc. (OTC: SOUP) is available in most leading supermarkets and grocery stores such as Walmart, Meijer’s, Safeway, HEB, Living Weis, The Fresh Market, and Woodman’s Markets. To know more about the company’s soup variants, visit its website: http://originalsoupman.com/.