Wines with Soup!

In this week’s WEEKEND magazine, Olly pairs the wines for scrumptious, healthy soups.

Clam, prawn and cod soup with white wine and spinach

Olly’s wine pairing: Tesco Finest Viñas del Rey Albariño 2021 (12.5%) £9.50

This dazzler from north-west Spain is bright as the sun and fruity as a nectarine. It’s also lavishly light and refreshing like a breezy day at the beach, just what you want with seafood, as well as the streak of spinach in this soup. Albariño is a future classic grape and this wine belongs in your basket right now.

Roasted tomato, red pepper and garlic coup with feta and basil

Olly’s wine pairing: Mateo Nieves Monastrell NV (14%) £8.50, Asda

If you want a crowd-pleasing red with lush fruit and subtle spice, this red is the sweet spot. Terrific to pair with the bite of red pepper and salty feta in this recipe, it’s a mellow red that’s great with the spicy tomato headline of this dish and well worth decanting into a jug before you serve to express maximum character.

Celeriac and mushroom soup with pancetta and herbs

Olly’s wine pairing: Intrepido Ancestral Red 2019 (13%) £8, Co-op

Mushrooms and celeriac have an earthiness which brings out this Chilean blend’s savoury depth in a delicious balance of firm fruit and classy structure.

Carrot, leek, turmeric and ginger soup with yoghurt and coriander

Olly’s wine pairing: M&S Found Weißburgunder 2021 (12.5%) £9.50

Carrot and ginger call for a gently aromatic and silken textured wine like this gem from Germany.

Billowing with aromas of pear blossom and full of fleshy and fruity thrills, there’s a magical moreishness here that really works with the earthy turmeric, along with plentiful bright zing which echoes that gingery spark in the dish. Simply marvellous.

This article was originally published in the Daily Mail’s WEEKEND magazine in Saturday 25th March 2023.

Read the full column and get all the lip smacking recipes HERE.

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