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Robledo Riesling and Chicken Tortilla Soup

On a cold Winter night, what better than soup as the anchor to your meal? We did this recently with some family over for dinner, with chicken tortilla soup plus ham and cheese (Havarti) croissants and a salad. OK, sounds like a nice Winter dinner; wish you could have joined us. But what wine to have, especially with soup?

Flags flying at Robledo Family Winery in Sonoma Valley

About a year ago, coming through Sonoma Valley, we stopped at Robledo Family Winery. Robledo’s is the first tasting room in the U.S. established by a former Mexican vineyard worker. It’s a little bit off the normal beaten path in Sonoma Valley, as it’s in the Southwest corner of the valley, but worth the visit. We really enjoyed tasting there, just the people and the atmosphere, but we also really enjoyed their wines. We bought, and have since consumed, their Tempranillo and Zinfandel.

The comfortable tasting room at Robledo Family Winery

For the soup dinner, though, we opened up the 2012 Robledo Riesling, from Lake County grapes. Rieslings aren’t often found in California, and when found, they’re often not that good. But this one was quite nice, finished dry (no sweetness), with good fruit on the entry, medium weight body and smooth finish. It went quite well with the soup and croissants. Regarding the soup, we made it relatively mild, with garnishments including roasted jalapeños, spicy sour cream, cilantro, and more to spice it up.

A couple more thoughts about pairing with soups. First, Riesling is often cited as being a good wine to pair with spicy foods, including Asian cuisine. I agree with this, in general. Second, when pairing with soups, consider the base of the soup – beef, chicken, etc. – and the weight of the soup. A red wine would go nicely with a beef and barley soup, for example.

Seems about time to head back to Robledo to restock, and also time to make another pot of soup for dinner.



Charity Wine Auction for Lake County Fire

A charity wine auction is being held to help rebuilding efforts in Lake County after last year’s destructive Valley Fire. The auction will be held this Sunday, March 20th, at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone (St. Helena, Napa Valley). Headlining the event are Congressman Mike Thompson and grape-grower Andy Beckstoffer. Fritz Hatton is managing the auction, which will include both live and silent auction items. The #LakeCountyRising event is sponsored by Lake County Winegrape Commission, Lake County Winery Association and Lake County Wine Alliance.

Some of the auction items look pretty amazing:

– Tasting menu with wine pairing for 3 couples at The Restaurant at Meadowood

– Your own barrel lot from Beckstoffer Vineyards

– Luxury suite at a SF Giants baseball game

Multiple lots of wine and dining experiences are also available.

More information on the event is available here: http://lakecountyrising.org/news/2016/3/14/thompson-beckstoffer-hatton-lead-charity-wine-auction.

You can register for #LakeCountyRising, or donate if you can’t attend, here: http://lakecountyrising.org/charity-auction.