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 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.


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.


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2 comments to “Tarima Monastrell and The Magic of Soup”

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  1. Deb Cazavilan - Jan 08, 2018 Reply

    Loved this Sue…. and so intrigued by the organic wine. We have never been able to find one we enjoy outside of France.
    And of course that soup is right up my alley!

    • winesnob50@yahoo.com - Jan 08, 2018 Reply

      Thank you Deb! The wine is not certified organic, therefore it does contain sulfites, but the grapes are grown organically. It is a nice balance of rich fruit and earthy/savory notes. I think you would like it. AND its very inexpensive! WIN! And the soup…ah so good!

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