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.