Oregon Pinot Noir and Potato Leek Soup

It’s very rare when you can pair a red wine with soup, however Pinot Noir works very well in this case.  Pinot Noir has a light body and a forest floor/earthiness about it that goes remarkably well with the sweet leek and earthy potato flavours found in the soup.

In particular, the autumn spices in an Oregon Pinot Noir works exceptionally well, and are remarkable when served with the soup on a crisp fall day day.  If there’s bacon in the Potato Leek Soup, this wine pairing is even more delicious.

White Wine and Potato Leek Soup

Grüner Veltliner & Potato Leek Soup Pairing

Grüner Veltliner has the right amount of acidity to help cut through the creamy depth of this earthy soup. Meanwhile, Grüner Veltliner’s classic pepper and green notes are a wonderful complement to the herbs and leek flavours within the soup.

Sauvignon Blanc & Leek and Potato Soup Pairing

Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp acidic white wine hat helps cut through the creamy weightiness of the soup. Meanwhile the herbaceous notes complement the leek flavours. Should you toss some bacon into your Potato-Leek soup, we’d highly recommend Pouilly Fumé which is a French Sauvignon Blanc. Pouilly Fumé is famous for having a smoky overtone that would complement the bacon, as well as elevating the earthy potato flavours.

For other white wines, a lighter Chardonnay, Vermentino or Pinot Grigio will help bring out the flavour in potato leek soup without overshadowing the subtle flavours.

A fortified wine such as a Verdelho Madeira is also excellent with Potato & Leek soup.  Verdelho Madeira is a rich medium-dry wine with an amazing smokiness flavour that complements the creaminess of potato and leek soup.  You’ll also find notes of spice, caramel and roasted almonds which adds a touch of complexity to this pairing.