Pairing wine with soup can be tricky. I’d say it’s because you’ve got texture issues. Eating liquid broth and then sipping wine can lead to a less than harmonious mouthfeel.
One solution to the mouthfeel dilemma that comes pairing wine with soup is thickening the soup by puréeing it. The wine then has a lighter body than the soup, setting up a nice contrast. I tend to like my vegetable soups puréed anyway, and that’s the direction I went in when I came up with this recipe for Butternut Squash Soup with Sage and Sautéed Mushrooms.
I have found squash soups do pretty well with Pinot Noir. There’s a enough fruitiness in the wine to match nicely with the flavors of the squash. The pinot choice was clinched for this one when I added the sautéed mushrooms to the soup. The earthy elements of Pinot Noir match perfectly with the mushroom flavors.
Soup also tends to suggest a fairly simple wine. So for this soup, I paired it with the 2012 Bouchard Aîné & Fils Pinot Noir, a great reliable value from France. I turn to this bottle often for simple weekday suppers. It’s a nice choice with this soup, but I’d love to hear what pairings you come up with for soups you make as the weather gets cooler.