Acidic and medium-bodied reds and whites, like Beaujolais, Burgundy, Côtes du Rhône, Chardonnay, Viognier, or Pinot Gris pair best with French Onion Soup. While French Onion Soup does have a strong flavour, you need the acidity of these wines to rip through cheesy and garlicky crouton crust before you get to those sweet caramelized onion flavours.
Beaujolais & French Onion Soup Pairing
The last thing you want to pair a full-bodied French Onion Soup with is full-bodied and high alcohol red wine. This combination will make your mouth burn, and not in a good way. Instead, you want a zippy and fruity Beaujolais that is low in alcohol. When served slightly chilled, you have a beautiful contrast that won’t interfere with the soup’s royal caramalized flavours.
Made from the Gamay grape, a Beaujolais bright cherry and strawberry flavours picks up on the onion’s sweetness while the soft granite undertones works magically with the soup’s rustic nature. Meanwhile, the wine’s acidity has no issue cutting through the melted cheese or starchy bread crust that rests upon this hearty soup.
Côtes du Rhône & French Onion Soup Pairing
Côtes du Rhône is a medium-bodied red with a fruity yet subtle earthy quality that complements those slightly sweet onion flavours. Côtes du Rhône is made to be food-friendly with simple fair, making it perfect to enjoy with French Onion Soup. Sipping the wine alongside a steamy bowl of soup, Côtes du Rhône’s fruity flavours dance across your tongue, never showing off nor interrupting. Instead they simply highlight the rich nature of the soup while keeping your tastebuds refreshed.
Burgundy & French Onion Soup Pairing
Similar to Beaujolais, Burgundy is high in acidity, and full of bright strawberry flavours. Burgundy also has an appealing forest floor quality on the nose that makes it a good match with the rustic onion and herbs notes of French Onion soup.
Viognier & French Onion Soup Pairing
Viognier has a lovely crisp floral character that complements the sweetness of the onions, as well as any garlic used in the dish. Viognier has a creamy, and round texture similar to Chardonnay, along with a balanced acidity of a Sauvignon Blanc. This acidity brings out all the natural and caramelized flavours of the onions while the round and creamy texture complements the soup’s full bodied nature.
Chardonnay & French Onion Soup Pairing
A slightly Oaked Chardonnay has a buttery and toasty aspect that complements the full-bodied nature of French Onion Soup along with the buttery cheese coated crouton that floats on top. We love how the tropical fruit flavours of Chardonnay mingle delightedly with the nutty nature of the melted cheese that encapsulates this classic soup. You’ll find the acidity in Chardonnay has enough zest to cut through the thick onion flavours, and hold its own without coming across as flabby.