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Uncorking Hidden Gems: The Best Wine for French Onion Soup

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Discover the perfect wine pairing for your savory French onion soup.

description: an elegant dining table set with a steaming bowl of french onion soup topped with melted cheese, paired with a glass of red wine.

With a cheesy top layer, toasted baguette middle, and savory steaming interior, French onion soup is a sophisticated and satisfying mix of flavors that deserve a wine pairing just as elegant. While many may default to a glass of red wine, the complex flavors of this classic dish actually make it a versatile canvas for a range of wine types.

When it comes to pairing wine with French onion soup, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind. The rich, savory broth and sweet caramelized onions call for a wine that can stand up to these bold flavors without overpowering them. A wine with good acidity can help cut through the richness of the soup, while a touch of sweetness can complement the natural sweetness of the onions.

Portland winery restaurant L'Orange is French, it's Pacific Northwest, it's a little bit Mediterranean depending on the mood, and it's known for its expert wine pairings. According to their sommelier, a medium-bodied red wine such as a Pinot Noir or Merlot can be a great match for French onion soup. These wines offer a balance of fruitiness and acidity that can enhance the flavors of the soup without overwhelming them.

Corned beef and cabbage is most often paired with a pint of Guinness, but what about wine drinkers? Here are some wines that pair well with this classic dish. For those who prefer white wine, a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc can be a refreshing choice to contrast with the richness of the soup. If you're a fan of red wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah can provide a bold and robust complement to the savory flavors of French onion soup.

The best steak frites, onion soup, chocolate souffle, and more from favorites like Balthazar, Odeon, Lucien, La Bonne Soupe, and more are often accompanied by carefully curated wine lists. When dining out at a French restaurant, don't hesitate to ask the sommelier for their recommendations on the best wine to pair with your French onion soup.

Classic French onion soup is built on three key ingredients: beef stock, caramelized onions, and cheese. Here's a chef's tips for making the perfect pot of soup. To enhance the flavors of the dish, consider adding a splash of white wine to the broth while it simmers. This will infuse the soup with a subtle hint of acidity and fruitiness that can elevate the overall taste.

Chicago's French restaurant scene has expanded from old-guard classics to casual cafes and globally-influenced takes, offering a variety of wine options to accompany your French onion soup. Whether you prefer a crisp white wine or a full-bodied red, there is a wine out there that can enhance the dining experience and make your meal even more enjoyable.

Our French onion soup pasties are hands-down the best cheese and onion pasty you're going to make. Delicious, cheesy and an utter crowd-pleaser, these pasties are perfect for enjoying with a glass of your favorite wine. Whether you choose a light and crisp white wine or a rich and robust red, the key is to find a wine that complements the flavors of the soup without overpowering them.


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