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Weeknight Dinner Recipe and Wine Pairing at Wine4.Me/blog

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe and Wine Pairing at Wine4.Me/blog

Photo Source: Joyful Healthy Eats. Used with permission.

If you’re looking for something warm and comforting for dinner, look no further! This Light Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup from Joyful Healthy Eats is packed with vegetables, chicken, and orzo pasta in a delicious lemon broth. It will warm you up on the inside and bring a smile to your face. Pair it with one of these wines.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Wine Pairing

Pairing wine and soup doesn’t have to be tricky. For this twist on a classic chicken soup, for example, focus on the flavors in the soup you’d like to enhance. Is it the lemon? Chose a wine with some lemon characteristics, like Albariño, Pinot Grigio, or Torrontes. Herbal notes? Try a Sauvignon Blanc. Chardonnay is one that will work with all components of this soup. Any of these wines should be a great match.

Albariño: Bodegas Fillaboa Albarino ~ $15

Albariño is one of our favorite food wines around here and a great match for a wide variety of dishes. This one has loads of orange blossom, apple, pear, melon, lemon, grapefruit, and even some pineapple aromas. Lively on the palate, this wine has a bit more body to it, making it a good match for the richness of the soup while complimenting all of the layers of flavor found throughout it.

Chardonnay: Hermann J. Wiemer Chardonnay ~ $16

From the Finger Lakes Region of New York, this Chardonnay was aged mostly in stainless steel with a small amount in oak to create a nice balance of richness and purity. It’s clean and balanced with apples, peaches, and mild citrus tones. It’s a great one if you like the true flavors of Chardonnay without the heavy oak or buttery flavors, and it works great with the chicken, lemon, and spices in the soup.

Pinot Grigio: Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio ~ $9

If you’re looking for an easy going and refreshing wine to counter the rich and comforting soup, try this Pinot Grigio with citrus, apple, and pear flavors. It’s light, crisp, refreshing, and an excellent value for a weeknight.

Sauvignon Blanc: Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc ~ $21

This Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand begins with lots of citrus (lemon, lime, orange), and moves into juicy peaches and even some spice and herbal notes. Complex with a long finish, this intriguing wine will balance out all of the many nuances of the lemony, herbal, and comforting soup.

Torrontes: Domino del Plata Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes ~ $13

This Torrontes from Argentina is very aromatic with lots of citrus (lemon and lime), peaches and pears, and expressive floral notes. Medium-bodied with some fairly rich textures in the mouth, the wine starts to offer more tropical flavors and maintains that floral quality. This will stand up nicely to all the richness of the soup as well as the lemon and herb flavors.

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