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What Wine with French Onion Soup?

Postby Bill Spohn » Tue Nov 19, 2013 3:44 pm

Doing a rustic French country meal on the weekend - terrine, French onion soup, daube de boeuf, tarte des pommes.

The wine match that I am pondering most is the soup. Lots of choices - lighter acidic red (Beaujolais) or white with some character - pinot gris, chard, domestic or Alsatian.

Does anyone have any killer onion soup wine matches in memory? I expect that this dish often goes wineless, but figured there'd be others like me for whom the concept of 'wineless' is anathema!
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Re: What Wine with French Onion Soup?

Postby Howie Hart » Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:05 pm

I usually go with Gamay or Pinot Noir and serve the onion soup as a lead in to grilled steak, where I would serve a heartier red (Cab Sauv or Cab Franc), but a Pinot Gris might work.
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Re: What Wine with French Onion Soup?

Postby Thomas » Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:04 pm

Yep, Gamay. Crus Beaujolais will do nicely.
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Re: What Wine with French Onion Soup?

Postby Mike Filigenzi » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:20 am

Have not tried this myself, but gamay does sounds good. A good chard also seems like it would pair well.

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Re: What Wine with French Onion Soup?

Postby Bill Spohn » Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:10 am

Think I'll try a pinot, thanks for the thoughts.

Am going to do a Madiran with the daube, still pondering the other matches.
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Re: What Wine with French Onion Soup?

Postby Timo Olavi » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:13 pm

if the base is a beef stock, what about a dry sherry? i've had a highly reduced beef consomme with an oloroso which was nothing short of a revelation.
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Re: What Wine with French Onion Soup?

Postby Bill Spohn » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:47 pm

It is beef stock, and I'm waffling between port, sherry, and madeira, as each bring something different to the party.
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Re: What Wine with French Onion Soup?

Postby Jenise » Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:05 pm

I am so there with timo's rec on the sherry for the same reason that I would also rec a mature Chardonnay. I recall a five/six year old St. auburn that just rocked a French onion soup. The wine would haven tasted slightly oxidative with a salad or something else fresh/raw, but was amazing with that soup.
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Re: What Wine with French Onion Soup?

Postby Thomas » Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:30 pm

I'd add sherry in the onion soup.
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Re: What Wine with French Onion Soup?

Postby Frank Deis » Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:36 pm

Here is a radical idea. No wine. It's a soup. You gotta wash it down?
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Re: What Wine with French Onion Soup?

Postby Bill Spohn » Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:36 pm

Frank Deis wrote:Here is a radical idea. No wine. It's a soup. You gotta wash it down?


Food without wine? Surely you jest! :mrgreen:
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