Spanish Red Plonk Proves the Best Match with a Tricky Soup

We had Escudilla de Cataluña (Catalan Soup) from Supercook, which contains vegetables beef stock and chorizo.  This was one of those meals that proved quite a challenge to find a decent wine match.  We opened a bottle of Torre Ercilla Rioja Reserva 2006, a gift from some friends.  From Sunday Times Wine Club, this is a smooth, oaky Spanish Red made from Tempranillo, with ripe red fruit.  However, the dish did nothing for it, so we set it aside.  We had a couple of unfinished opened bottles of wine, so firstly we tried some Rosemount Shiraz 2009 from Costco, but this too did not work.  We then switched to white and tried some Namaqua Diamond Coast Chardonnay 2010  from Tesco.  A better match, but still not particularly good, so we resorted to some wine box plonk from Costco – Geni Tempranillo.  This, lighter, fruity, easy-drinking Spanish red actually worked quite well with the soup.

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