1WineDude TV Episode 25: Warm Beans & Rioja (or “What Not To Pair On Bachelor Night”)

Vinted on January 6, 2011 binned in 1WineDude TV, wine review

In this episode of 1WineDude TV, I am flying solo while the family is in FL and so have to fend for myself for dinner.  When my friends’ excellent book What To Drink With What You Eat fails to find me an appropriate match for my Trader Joe’s Lentil Soup with Ancient Grains, I grab two bottles of Montecillo Rioja and see how they match up with the thick, viscous soup.

Turns out the answer to the question of how well they match is “not so great” (the wines themselves turn out to be pretty decent, though), so I promise future wine & food pairing vids will feature the excellent cooking of my wife, and hopefully as a result more inspired pairings.  To make up for it, I conclude the video with a sexy photo of my wife.  Which she may or may not think is touching and funny.  We’ll see…






  • Tim Hanni

    Better warm beans and Rioja on bachelor's night than first date night!

    • 1WineDude

      Good point! :)

  • Todd - VT Wine Media

    …it's the aromatic complexes of the day after I'd be more worried about!

    Interestingly enough, the winedIn.com pairing machine does pull up Rioja as an apt mate for your lentil soup.
    Sure we like to have lovely, eye popping, and magical moment pairings, but the day-to-day truth is that if you enjoy what you are having for supper, as well as enjoy the wine, and the two aren't out to offend one another, then there is no reason to let the vison of the perfect undermine the enjoyment of the good.
    I look forward to partaking in fine wines whenever possible, but budget and conscience remind me that the humble table wine is a good friend to the every-man, and the any-day.

    • 1WineDude

      Todd – HA!!!

      You're right of course about the everyday pairings being totally fine. And in face the Rioja wasn't a total loss with the soup, I'd just think it would match better with a less viscous version on the lentil side, a more simple Rioja (not Gran Reserva or Crianza).


  • 1WineDude

    Sean – I'd be going meat lasagna on that blend (but that's just me). Cheers!

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