One of my faves is a cold avocado soup. This bad boy can be whipped up in a matter of minutes and leave you plenty of time to pop to cork on your favorite wine.
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 Very ripe, large Haas avocado
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
- juice of one fresh lime
Now I like to garnish this with my homemade salsa made with fresh tomatoes, red onion, cilantro from my garden, squeeze of lime, a smidge of balsamic vinegar and a couple of dashes of Tabasco. Always do a taste test and add salt and pepper.
Chill the soup and the salsa....the flavors always get better when they mingle a bit. I serve the soup with a dollop of the salsa and break up a couple of corn chips on top.
One of my favorite hot weather wines is white merlot. The white merlot from Sutter Home features a medium deep red color, with a slightly fruity cherry and raspberry aroma. The taste is somewhat less acidic than the zinfandel, with an initially sweet flavor, and slightly tart finish. Chilled, this makes a perfect wine food pairing with the cold avocado soup.
Be flexible with your wine food pairing in the summer heat. CHEERS!