Even here in sunny wine country, the evening air turns mighty cold these days, begging for a cozy bowl of soup and glass of easygoing wine. Some people say wine shouldn’t fraternize with soup, but we beg to differ. The diversity of these soups provides a broad canvas on which to try many different styles of wine, and Trader Joe’s is just the place to source those wines without breaking the bank. The most important rule when pairing soup with wine? Match the weight of the soup to that of the wine (e.g. the heartier the soup, the more full-bodied the wine should be).
Here, we’ve curated a trio of blended soups and wines available at Trader Joe’s to match.
The tomato-basil soup from the Bistro Cafe inside Nordstroms department stores is famous as a savory, delicious antidote to winter’s chill. While Nordstroms jealously guards the recipe, the blog Serious Eats has devised a knock-off that fits the bill. Pair with a low-tannin, fruity red wine such as the 2010 Roccalta San Giovese from Puglia ($4).
There are many, many recipes for creamy butternut squash soup out there, but none are so complex and exotic as the one from Susan Branch’s book Autumn From The Heart of the Home (thanks to A Girl, A Market, A Meal for this adaptation). Spiced with curry, ginger, and nutmeg, this soup calls for a crisp, medium-bodied white wine such as the 2010 Dr. Beckermann Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling ($5).
Rich, healthy, and so so easy, this recipe from Gourmet Magazine for black bean soup includes dry sherry, which is the obvious wine pairing. Sherry isn’t always top-of-mind for American wine drinkers, but a nice dry choice like Pastora Fino Pale Dry Sherry ($5) would integrate beautifully with this earthy, aromatic soup.