12 Soup and Wine Pairings PERFECT for Fall

It’s finally here, everybody. That’s right. We’re talking about soup season. Here are 12 soup and wine pairings that will keep you warm on chilly fall nights!

Some would argue (and we would not disagree) that soup is the perfect fall food. Warm and comforting, it’s basically coziness in a bowl. 

Plus, if you like getting creative in the kitchen, then you know just how much fun it is to experiment with a new ingredient or two in your favorite soup recipe. Of course, the only way to improve upon an excellent bowl of soup is with the perfectly paired wine. 

So, how do you choose the right vino? We’ve got you covered. 

Whether you’re a broth boss or a chowder hound, this guide is here to help you find a great match to your favorite fall soups and stews. 

chicken noodle soup

1. Chicken Noodle

Classic chicken noodle is easily paired with either a light red wine like Pinot Noir, or a medium-bodied white wine like Chenin Blanc. If you prefer your chicken soup creamy, go with a Viognier – a slightly more robust white wine. For Greek style lemony chicken soup, you’ll want a Sauvignon Blanc or slightly fizzy Vinho Verde. The citrus notes and bright acidity in these white wines will make a good match for the fresh lemon in the soup.

Bright Cellars WellFleet Viognier
Bright Cellars’ Wellfleet Vigonier

For this soup and wine we like to go with Bright Cellars Wellfleet Viognier. This white wine has flavor notes of rose, lemon, cantaloupe, and orange blossom.

2. Pumpkin or Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy and smooth pumpkin – and butternut squash – soup is often flavored with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and sometimes curry. You’ll want a white wine with delicate flavors and a kick of acidity to cut through the creaminess of this soup. Go with a crisp light-bodied white wine like Pinot Gris or Verdejo

soup and wine pairings - beef stew

3. Beef Stew

Beef stew pairs well with a red wine that can stand up to red meat. Pair this hearty stew with a medium- to full-bodied red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, or Carménère. If you prefer white wine, you could go with an off-dry aromatic Gewürztraminer.

Tomato Soup - soup and wine pairing

4. Tomato Soup

You already know that tomato soup pairs well with a toasty grilled cheese. Complement this delectable combo with a medium-bodied red wine like Chianti. The red fruit notes, hint of earth, and bright acidity in Chianti makes it a great pairing for tomato-based dishes. Merlot – a medium-bodied red with notes of plum and cherry – is also a solid choice.

Jetbird merlot - fall wine cocktails
Bright Cellars’ Jetbird Merlot

We like to pair tomato soup with a glass of Jetbird Merlot. This red wine has flavor notes of baking spices, raspberry, and cherry.

5. Chicken Tortilla Soup

This hearty and flavorful soup pairs well with a medium-bodied red wine like Rioja. This popular Spanish wine is made with Tempranillo grapes. With notes of cherry, plum, and vanilla, it goes well with light proteins and has enough acidity to cut through the creaminess of this soup.

6. Split Pea

Whether you like your split pea soup vegetarian or with chunks of ham, a light-bodied off-dry Riesling makes a great pairing. The aromatic notes of honey and beeswax add a lovely dimension to this savory soup.

mushroom soup

7. Mushroom Soup

When it comes to creamy mushroom, mushroom barley, or any soup where mushrooms are the star of the show, Pinot Noir is a good choice. This light-bodied red has bright fruit notes and a hint of earthiness that goes well with hearty mushrooms. If you’re looking for a white wine, try a lightly oaked Chardonnay.

Bright Cellars Meet Cute Oaked Chardonnay
Bright Cellars’ Meet Cute Oaked Chardonnay

This soup and wine pairing calls for a glass of Meet Cute Oaked Chardonnay. This buttery white wine has tropical flavor notes of pineapple, mango, and coconut.

8. Seafood Soup

Whether you’re enjoying a creamy New England clam chowder or a lobster bisque, the briny flavors in seafood-based soups pair well with a brightly acidic white wine with citrusy notes. Sauvignon Blanc is a great choice because of its zingy acidity and notes of grapefruit and gooseberry. 

soup and wine pairings
Bright Cellars Hazleaire Sauvignon Blanc

Pair this soup with a glass of Hazelaire Sauvignon Blanc. White white wine has flavor notes of green apple, gooseberry, and lemon zest.

9. Veggie Soup

For minestrone or any kind of vegetable soup, a dry rosé makes a nice pairing. The refreshing taste and bright fruity notes in rosé provide a good contrast to the earthy flavors in veggie soup. 

French Onion - soup and wine pairing

10. French Onion

French onion soup is perfect anytime you’re craving a block of cheese, but want to make it a meal. Savory French onion pairs well with a light and fruity red wine like Beaujolais. If you’re looking for a white wine, go with an unoaked Chardonnay or white Burgundy.

11. Pho

Whether you’re ordering in or making it at home, this Vietnamese favorite is the perfect antidote to cold weather. Pair your pho with a fizzy Crémant rosé. The fruity notes in sparkling rosé contrast nicely with the umami in this soup.

12. Corn Chowder

As far as soups go, corn chowder is basically the ultimate comfort food. Rich and creamy, this soup pairs well with an off-dry Riesling. The acidity of the wine will cut through the creaminess of the chowder.

Glasioluis Riesling
Bright Cellars’ Gladiolus Riesling

We like to pair a glass of Gladiolus Riesling with our corn chowder. This sweet white wine has flavor notes of peach, lime, and honeysuckle.

In Vino Finito

Did your favorite fall soup not make the list? If you’re looking for help finding a wine to pair with dinner, email us and we can help.

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