How to Pair Wine With Tomato Basil Soup


When cool weather blows in, many people yearn for hot comfort foods such as soups. Tomato basil soup is a zesty and tasty soup that blends delicious flavors in a hearty combination. Because tomatoes are red and acidic, think carefully about the wine you pair with it. Choose a light wine without excessive tannin to balance out the red in the soup and you can have a delightful, satisfying meal.

Things You'll Need

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Pinot Gris
  • Gamay Noir
  • Serve tomato basil soup with a dry Sauvignon Blanc wine. Sauvignon Blanc wine is zesty and tart while being a versatile wine that complements tomato-based foods well. The zest and zing of the tomato and basil will blend deliciously with the dry tartness of the wine.

  • Pair the tomato soup with the Pinot Gris wine. This light and fragrant white wine will add a faintly citrus air to the meal, an excellent complement to the bold tomato soup. Considered similar, yet different, from the traditional chardonnay, Pinot Gris is a dry, white wine that will not overpower tomato basil soup.

  • Offer Gamay Noir wine with a hot bowl of tomato basil soup. Although Gamay Noir has more tannin than Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, it is still somewhat light due to the bluish-purple color of the grapes. Gamay Noir wine has a fragrant and floral taste that enhances the taste of the tomato soup.

Tips & Warnings

  • Round out the meal with a loaf of crusty French bread and tasty olive oil for drizzling.

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