Tarima Monastrell and The Magic of Soup
Getting sick when the air temperature was -21F was good timing. It gave me a very good excuse not to go out in the frigid, not-fit-for-humanity, conditions.
As temperatures began to moderate, and my uncontrollable coughing was slowing down, we made soup. A warming soup, chock full of all things immune boosting.
At the end of a long siege of sickness and sub-human conditions, this soup made me believe in better times ahead.
The recipe was one I pulled years ago from an issue of Whole Living, a magazine I still miss! The Mushroom and Lima Bean Soup is filled with mushrooms, butternut squash, chopped kale, and yes, Lima beans!
The flavors are lusty and earthy and deliver vitamin D and A as well as zinc and folate– All of which are known sickness-fighters! I felt better just reading the recipe!
My accompanying wine had to be just as life-affirming. Tarima Monastrell, made with organic grapes, the label adorned with the cutest little bee seduced by passion-flower-nectar, was an easy choice.
The Bodegas Volver utilizes carefully grown organic grapes for this Tarima Monastrell from Spain. Monastrell is the same Mourvedre grape of France.
THE WINE WOW!
The color is bright garnet and holds big aromas of dark berries, smoke and dried herbs.
The front palate is gentle, opening into more aggressive oaky and spicy flavors from the 6 months aging in used French barrels. Big savory flavors fill the palate with dark berries, fresh herbs and some pomegranate on the dry, slightly boozy finish.
The big style of the wine was a good partner with the lusty complexities of the soup’s flavors.
Did the soup/wine combo provide magical healing power? Yes, yes it did.
DRINK THIS WINE WOW!:
Along with a hearty soup;
When you are seeking magic;
If you are seeking a dry red wine with a good balance of fruit and savory notes.