How to Pair Wine with Soup

Challenges like broth base and ingredients make soup particularly tricky.

Welcome to our expert break down of popular food categories, outlining the main challenges (and pairing solutions) for wine lovers with globetrotting tastes.

This round, we focus on pairing soup with wine. 

The challenge: Pairing options can depend on the soup’s temperature, base (meat/fish or vegetable, cream, broth, etc.) and major ingredients.

Wine fix: “Unoaked Chardonnays won’t overpower most soups. This is key, or all you’ll taste is hot liquid,” says Toranosuke Matsuoka, president and beverage director of KOA Restaurant, which serves modern Chinese cuisine. “Italian wines like Soave and Pinot Grigio can balance many soups well and are also affordable.”

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Make These Dishes

Chilled Pear Soup
Simple Harvest Soup
French Onion Soup
Winter Squash Soup
Matzoh Ball
Garlic and Portabello Soup
Normandy Brie Soup

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Published on February 19, 2015
Topics: Wine and Food Pairings
About the Author
Alexis Korman
Contributing Editor, Travel

Korman is known to skip the globe in search of the next perfect sip. She's authored trends-driven travel, wine, cocktail, and food content for over a decade, joining Wine Enthusiast in 2010. Based in New Orleans, Korman recently co-founded an artisanal kombucha beverage company, Big Easy 'Bucha, which gives back to local charities.     Email:

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