Butternut Squash soup pairs up with a wide variety of white wines such as Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Gris, Grüner Veltliner, Gewurztraminer & Riesling. Viognier and Chardonnay have a creamy texture, which makes this pair of whites exceptional with creamier Butternut Squash Soups. I often put a dollop of peanut butter in my butternut squash soup, making an Amontillado Sherry, with its nutty flavours, are divine with this style of soup.
Chardonnay & Butternut Squash Soup Pairing
A buttery Chardonnay is exceptional with a creamy Butternut Squash Soup as the body of the wine matches the weight of the soup. Expect toasty vanilla flavours along with the buttery body of the wine to complement the soup. You’ll also find tropical flavours of pineapple, papaya and lemon to keep your mouth refreshed and engaged in the meal.
Viognier & Creamy Butternut Squash Soup Pairing
Viognier is often described as a tropical bomb, with a creamy texture as well as a balanced acidity. Fruity and zippy, the acidity makes all the earthy flavours of butternut squash soup come alive. If your butternut squash soup is creamy, the pairing works even better as the body of Viognier matches the weight of the soup.
A creamy or buttery butternut squash can also wear down your senses as the fat content of dairy coats your tastebuds. Fortunately, the zippy acidity of Viognier shears through the fat, and whisks it away ensuring every sip of soup is delicious.
Grüner Veltliner & Butternut Squash Soup Pairing
Grüner Veltliner is a medium-bodied white wine that has notes of green vegetables, stone fruit, melon and white pepper. The greener notes complement the mirepoix (chopped up celery, carrots and onion) used for the base of the soup, while fruit adds a delicious contrast to the roasted squash flavours.
Butternut Squash soup has an earthiness to it that is further enhanced by the mineral backbone you’ll often find in a Grüner Veltliner, which many people describe as a stony tang. This minerality is excellent with the earthiness that the rich butternut squash provides.
Riesling & Butternut Squash Soup Pairing
Riesling is a crisp white wine that ranges in sweetness to tooth-achingly sweet to bone dry. With its bright citrus flavours, I often think of it as an alcoholic lemonade. For Butternut Squash Soup, you don’t want a Riesling that is too sweet, however an off-dry Riesling, which has a kiss of sweetness, is excellent.
The natural sweetness of Riesling is a natural companion to the squash, making the soup much more enjoyable. Riesling also has flavours of petrol, and this complements the earthier side of the Butternut Squash soup.
If I were having a fall wedding and serving Butternut Squash Soup, an off-dry Riesling would be the wine I would serve. An off-dry Riesling’s perceived sweetness matches the sweet flavours of fall cuisine, and the wine’s acidity brightens anything it touches, making the food taste even more divine. Riesling is also inexpensive and middle-of-the-road, so it will be enjoyed by all.
Amontillado Sherry & Butternut Squash Soup Pairing
Sherry is a style of fortified wine that pairs with almost everything, yet it hasn’t been wildly accepted among the masses in North America. Perhaps that’s because when we think of Sherry, we often think of an elderly woman in her 90s, equating her long life to the frequent nips of Sherry she takes before turning in for bed at 6 pm. With its nutty and savoury flavours, I assure you, Amontillado Sherry isn’t for little old ladies.
Amontillado Sherry is exceptional with Butternut Squash Soup as the nutty flavours of the wine complement the nuttiness of the soup. If you add a few tablespoons of peanut butter to the pot of soup, the pairing is made even more delicious.
Amontillado Sherry is also dry yet full of rich flavours that know their limits. Thus, this style of Sherry won’t overwhelm the Butternut Squash Soup but instead matches it in heart and soul. If you are making a batch of Butternut Squash Soup at home and plan on enjoying it over several days, I implore you to pick up a bottle of Amontillado sherry and give this pairing a try.