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Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe Wine Pairing at Wine4.Me/blog

Photo Source: Prevention RD. Used with permission.

Cool fall weather just screams for some soup. This Shredded Chicken Tortilla Soup that you can find at Prevention RD is made with rotisserie chicken and comes together in just 30 minutes. It’s a freezer-friendly recipe, so you can make a double-batch and freeze some for later. Enjoy it with one of these wines or use the Wine4.Me app to find your personalized recommendations.

Chicken Tortilla Soup Wine Pairing

Chicken tortilla soup has a soothing mix of herbs, earthy spices, juicy tomatoes, and savory chicken. Several wines could work to balance these flavors. First look for wines low in tannins, as they clash with tomatoes. Tomatoes are also high in acid, so look for wines that are high in acid for balance. For reds, Tempranillo and Tempranillo blends work nicely with their mix of fruity, earthy, and spicy flavors. While some Tempranillos can be a bit tannic, look for the value priced ones that tend to be more fruit forward rather than big and tannic. These should all fit the bill along with some white wine recommendations.

Trempranillo: Tapena Tempranillo Vino de la Tierra ~ $9

This wine is full of intense cherry, blackberry, plum, and violet aromas and flavors. It has a smooth texture with very low tannins and just a touch of sweetness that will balance well with the soup (especially if you like your soup on the spicy side). This food friendly wine is also a great value being priced under $10!

Trempranillo: Bodegas Cepa 21 Hito ~ $14

Fruity and spicy really sum up this wine. It’s full of rich cherry, raspberry, violets, and black berry flavors with smoky and toasty undertones. There’s a nice juiciness to this wine along with bright acidity that will balance well with the tomato-filled broth along with all of the spices layered throughout the dish.

Trempranillo: Bodegas Volver “Volver” Single Vineyard Tempranillo ~ $15

This Tempranillo is filled with expressive aromas of dark berries, floral notes, herbs, vanilla, and peppery spice, with some mild smoky undertones. It is bold in the mouth yet balanced with some juicy berry fruit that lingers. This wine can certainly hold its own with grilled red meat, but it has the fruit and acidity to still work with this bold-flavored soup, especially if you chose to add more layers of spice and herbs to the recipe. This wine can handle it.

Sauvignon Blanc: Cloudy Bay Sauvignon ~ $28

Sauvignon Blanc’s bright acidity and bold aromas are a nice match for herbal and acidic soups like this one. This wine is filled with powerful citrus flavors (lemon, lime, grapefruit) with herbal and even some sweet tropical undertones. This expressive wine can stand up to all of the layers of this soup and more. Before serving, finish your soup with a fresh squeeze of lime to really bring out those citrus elements in the wine.

Albarino: Burgans Albarino ~ $13

Albarino often has fruity and citrus flavors that are quite versatile with food, including soups like this. This one is fresh and crisp with aromas of green apple, peach, apricot, and tropical fruit. Overall, it is crisp and refreshing on the palate with a zesty minerality and bright finish. There’s the slightest hint of sweetness making it a great match for the spicy jalapeños found in the soup. The sweetness will tame the spice in the dish.

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