Wine with Dinner Challenge Results.

First, the soup was excellent! I ended up subbing fresh bacon for the bacon bits, adding some chicken stock and putting in more cream so that I had a bigger batch! Much thanks to Roz for the recipe! Secondly, I took Farley from Wine Outlook‘s advice and paired it with a Rose because it was the “fruitiest” wine I had on hand and it seemed the recommendations were leaning toward that (both Cooking Chat and El Jefe from El Bloggo Torcido suggested fruity reds). We have plenty of leftovers though so I will try it with some of the other suggestions, I just need to get to the wine store. My picture doesn’t look as pretty as Roz’s, but you’ll have to excuse me since our light went out in the kitchen and we were working by candlelight.

The bottle I chose was a 2004 Wilson Winery Merlot Blushing Flamingo. We picked this up at Wilson Winery on our trip this summer. The bottom picture was taken overlooking their vineyard. This was a sharp, dry rose, quite different from many of the sweet ones I am used to and much different from the one we consumed a little later last night.

At 14% alcohol, this is no small wine; it also had a real cork closure. It paired really well with the creamy soup and the spicy sausage, thanks Farley! Strawberries on the nose and in the mouth, with melon and oddly enough a hint of lime. An interesting rose, we have a bottle or two more hanging around. I’m sure it makes a great summer wine (though it may as well have been summer here with temps nearly in the 70s!

5 Responses

  1. Glad you enjoyed the soup! We just finished our leftovers and I’m already wanting to make it again.

  2. YAY! I’m glad the soup was good and my suggestion, too. I wish I could have tasted them together…the soup looked very tasty and the wine sounds interesting, right up my alley. I’m doing a wine with dinner tonight and hope it turns out as well as yours.

  3. Sounds like you came up with a good combo! For the leftover soup I guess you can just reheat, but consider joining Leftover Tuesdays next week if you have some interesting tricks for making your leftovers appealing.

  4. That’s a pretty looking rose, and good call with taking the extra five to make real fresh bacon.

    You can have some of our cold weather, pipes bursting everywhere, even at the winery!

  5. Sarah/Roz, thanks again for the recipe, I hope others will try it as well and report back.

    Farley, hope your dinner turned out well! We had leftovers of the soup last night and it might have even been better than the first night since the sausage and bacon flavors in the soup were really ramped up overnight!

    Cookingchat, I’m watching your leftover Tuesdays with interest. I’m not sure I’ll participate this month, but if I have anything good I will. I’m always looking for good things to do with my leftovers since I tend to make larger meals to save me from having to cook every day in a week.

    El Jefe, I’ll take your cold weather!! This 70 degree weather in January is absurd. Our apartment is so hot I could barely enjoy my wine last night. The heat is on for the winter and we have little control over it. And opening the windows doesn’t help when it’s already 70 out!

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