Pairing Wine with Butternut Squash Soup
Around autumn, especially in Ontario, Butternut Squash soup is a great treat
that is enjoyed at home, or served as an opening course at a variety of banquets
or weddings. Often made in a creamy style, this luxurious soup is
both warming and nourishing.
While not really a red wine friendly food, there are lots
of white wines that will complement this harvest dish.
the soup is done in a creamy style, look no further than a Chardonnay.
Chardonnay is great as often they are ‘buttery’, which just adds to the
butternut squash flavours. A dry Riesling is another great choice.
Since Butternut Squash soup often has other vegetables mixed in, such as
carrots, leeks or onions, the vegetable friendly Grüner Veltliner
great choice as well.
Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc,
Gewurztraminer and Viognier are
great white wines that will not only compliment this dish but breathe even more
life into each spoonful. A Amontillado Sherry is a great alternative to
white wine in that its full and flavourful qualities will stand up and
compliment the rich textures of the soup.
For butternut squash soups that are a little sweeter, (due
to the addition of honey, nutmeg, roasted chestnuts, apple or peanut butter) our
favourite wine would be a Semillon/Chardonnay blend. Semillon often has a
nutty characteristic to it that works well with the sweet nature of the soup,
while the Chardonnay grape provides enough richness to stand up to the heaviness
of the soup.