My Wife’s Notes – 2008 Stag’s Hollow Syrah – Curried Sweet Potato Chorizo Soup

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Curried Sweet Potato Chorizo Soup

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 L chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1-2 chorizo sausages (raw or cured)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 heaping tsp curry powder
  • greek yogurt
  • cilantro

Pour the chicken or vegetable stock into a saucepan large enough to hold the liquid, and heat.  When it reaches a boil, turn down the heat to simmer.

Chop the sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, and garlic.  In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil.  If you are using raw chorizo, fry it first until cooked, and then add the chopped vegetables and curry powder.  Stir well, making sure that you don’t burn the mixture.  Add a little bit of the hot soup stock to the pan to help steam the vegetables.  Cook for about 10 minutes, until the sweet potatoes and carrots have softened. Pour the remaining soup stock into the pot and cook for 5 minutes.  Using a blending wand (or a large countertop blender, if you don’t have one), blend the soup well ensuring there are no large chunks. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes, and remove from heat.

Spoon into bowls with a dollop of greek yogurt and shredded cilantro on top, adding salt and pepper to desired taste.  Serve with a toasted rustic bread.

I’m really into soups right now.  I have no idea where this came from or why now, but I get loads of satisfaction out of making good hearty soups.  This is one of my favorites from the winter season, full of hearty vegetables and a spicy kick to warm up these cold not-quite-spring-yet evenings.

To stand up to the spice and heartiness of the soup, I chose a 2008 Stag’s Hollow Syrah.  My cousin Dustin introduced me to it last summer, and this wine has cemented itself at the top of my favorites list.  I like a good bold and rich red, and this one delivers.

My Notes:

The wine is an inky dark purple, and incredibly fragrant.  Rich cherry and and blackberry aromas explode out of the glass, as thick as syrup. The first sip is full of black cherry and ripe plum notes, strong and flavorful all the way through. This wine is incredibly smooth right of the bat, and becomes even more-so after breathing.  This wine has great maturity, and is a very good example of how Okanagan Syrahs have grown and evolved over the last decade. 92 points.

My Wife’s Notes:

“This is really great.  It’s like Diet Pepsi for me, I could just keep on drinking it.”

2008 Stag’s Hollow Syrah. $27.99 at the Stag’s Hollow Winery wineshop (this vintage is no longer available).

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