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Elevating the experience of enjoying a soup is highly probable. There are several ways, but a very easy one is by serving it with a glass of wine specially chosen for the occasion. These are some wine and soup pairings that you can’t miss.

Bouillabaisse + Chardonnay or Rosé

Typical of Marseille, this Mediterranean soup is based on generous pieces of fish and seafood, the variety will depend on the availability in the area where it is prepared. What does not change is the base of fish broth, a bit of potatoes, tomato and a rouille made with plenty of garlic. In Marseille this soup is usually paired with Provençal-style rosé wines, which could well be replaced by Marques de Casa Concha Rosé Cinsault served cold, to contrast this warming soup with its unctuous body with mineral and fresh notes. Another alternative is a wine with good acidity and personality such as Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay, to complement the marine flavours of this dish.

Ramen + Pinot Noir

It is undoubtedly one of the most fashionable soups. The comforting Japanese Ramen consists of a very tasty broth (usually made from pork, or other meats or even seaweed), noddles, toppings and tare (the essential seasoning of the broth, which is usually salt, soy sauce or miso), which brings the characteristic umami to this dish. Umami in food emphasizes the astringency and bitterness of the tannins, which is why you will need a wine with enough fruit concentration to balance that effect. Although adding acidity or salt to the dish also helps balance.

The choice of wine will depend on the ingredients of the ramen, but there are varieties that work very well when it comes to those based on soy sauce or pork bones. We are talking about Pinot Noir that we recommend trying with Marques de Casa Concha Pinot Noir, while those based on miso are best complemented with white grape varieties, where the wine is vinified leaving a little residual sugar.

Onion soup + Pinot Noir

A classic of French cuisine is the simple and elegant onion soup, whose concentrated flavours are capable of resurrecting anyone who tries it. Based on abundant onion, meat broth, thyme, bay leaf, black pepper and served with abundant cheese on top, its distinctive sweet flavours call to enjoy this broth together with a light and juicy red wine such as Marques de Casa Concha Pinot Noir.

Beef stew + Carmenère

A winter must-try, which can be prepared with whatever vegetables are in the fridge, as well as potatoes, onion, black pepper, herbs and of course, pieces of red meat, is the Beef Stew. The idea is cooking the beef pieces until they are tender and soft, while the broth achieves a good concentration of flavours. Thus, this deep broth will be perfect to pair with red wines with greater structure, with sweet and gentle tannins such as Marques de Casa Concha Carmenère or firm tannins such as Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon.


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