Friday, February 1, 2008

Mais bien sûr

Few things are more satisfying on a cold, blustery day than soup. A classic French Soupe à l'Oignon Gratinée, has a rich beefy broth that is dense with onions, topped by slices of grilled bread and covered with a blanket of melted Swiss or Gruyère cheese.

With a side of butternut squash ravioli in a sage and parmesean sauce, we chose a 2004 Tres Ojos Old Vines Garnacha from the Calatayud region of Spain. Tucked away in the high plains region southwest of Barcelona and northeast from Madrid, the hot days and cool nights produced a medium body wine with a spicy bouquet. The balanced tannins and hints of black pepper paired gracefully with our meal.

Red wine and soup, OUI.