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Making French Onion Soup for Dinner...Dry White Wine *or* Dry White Vermouth?

Last post Jan 19, 2010 4:01 PM by bobswife . 31 replies.


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  • Making French Onion Soup for Dinner...Dry White Wine *or* Dry White Vermouth?
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    http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/onion-soup

     

    Happy Tuesday Morning, Everybody!

     

    The recipe I'm using is in the above link.  It calls for a 1/2 cup of either Dry White Wine or Dry White Vermouth.  Heck, I'm a Beer drinker so I don't know dry wine from wet wine.  Embarrassed  Every now and again, Bob & I will have some Asti Spumante but I do know that's not what should go into the soup.  Stick out tongue

     

    So, what should I purchase for making tonight's soup?  If you have a particular brand of wine or vermouth you use, please let me know.  Otherwise I'll be spending many hours in the Liquor department of the local store.  Surprise

     

    TIA for sharing your knowledge with me!

     

    Krissy~~~

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  • Re: Making French Onion Soup for Dinner...Dry White Wine *or* Dry White Vermouth?

    the wine for me every time....

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  • Re: Making French Onion Soup for Dinner...Dry White Wine *or* Dry White Vermouth?

    I'd go with a Chardonnay...from CA not France

     

    Also here's a c&p

    Some of the leading dry white wines are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Riesling.

    Some of the leading dry red wines are Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Pinot Noir, Grignolino, and Côtes-du-Rhône.

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  • Re: Making French Onion Soup for Dinner...Dry White Wine *or* Dry White Vermouth?

    Looked at the recipe again....use Swiss cheese....like Gruyere or Emmenthal...don't use the fat reduced kind, they won't melt right.

    My mouth is watering, would love a place at your table for the onion soup.

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  • Re: Making French Onion Soup for Dinner...Dry White Wine *or* Dry White Vermouth?

    rottensocks
    I'd go with a Chardonnay...from CA not France

     

    Good glory, Rotten, how the heck does one know where the wine came from?!  Please tell me that it's on the bottle someplace. 

     

    What I really need is a talking bottle of vino which jumps off the shelf into my cart!  OTOH, I probably wouldn't want to consume anything from a bottle which can become airborne, right? Wink 

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  • Re: Making French Onion Soup for Dinner...Dry White Wine *or* Dry White Vermouth?

    rottensocks

    My mouth is watering, would love a place at your table for the onion soup.

    Come on by about 5:30 ish, Rotten.  Bob & I would be delighted to break bread with you!  Oh, and slurp some soup, too.  Big Smile 

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  • Re: Making French Onion Soup for Dinner...Dry White Wine *or* Dry White Vermouth?

    bobswife
    Please tell me that it's on the bottle someplace. 

     

    Yes it will be on the bottle...label will have the name of the vineyard and its location.

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  • Re: Making French Onion Soup for Dinner...Dry White Wine *or* Dry White Vermouth?

    Yes the bottle will say where it is from.  Also, you'll be able to afford the California wine (and it will probably be tastier too--our wines are Good).

    Vermouth is a white wine infused with herbs.  I've never used it.

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    A lot of this is folk memories and cultural hangovers.

  • Re: Making French Onion Soup for Dinner...Dry White Wine *or* Dry White Vermouth?

    I don't drink wine and DH only likes red wine but a friend was by and brought a bottle of charddonay named Meridian, it's a California 2008 wine.  There was some left and he put it in the refrigerator.  A few weeks later I was making a seafood recipe that called for white wine and I've usually just left the wine out of recipes since I know nothing about them BUT there was that open bottle.  Oh My Goodness, what a wonderful flavor it gave the seafood dish so I'm betting something like that would be great with your soup.  Hmmmmmmmmm I've never had or made French Onion Soup.  Maybe have to try your recipe there.  Let us know how it turns out!

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    Me personally, I would use the dry vermouth and NOT the white wine.  Wine (even if it states "dry") can be too sweet and fruity for the French Onion Soup.  When I make mine I use the dry vermouth!
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    Witty Whitney!
  • Re: Making French Onion Soup for Dinner...Dry White Wine *or* Dry White Vermouth?

    Hi Krissy! Hope you're doing well my friend.

     

    Unfortunately I've never written my recipe for french onion soup down. I started out making a very basic FRS recipe and tweaking and changing over the years until my family and friends love what I make now. I've gone from using canned beef broth to now I make my own broth by first making and serving for dinner a big beef chuck pot roast complete with onions garlic potatoes, celery and carrots and saving the juices and fond to make my soup the next day. That and I've gone from using no wine in mine to now adding about a half cup +- of Reunite Lambrusco RED wine. I make it more often during Vidalia onion season, but I've also been know to make it in the Winter using a mix of red, yellow and sweet white onions too.

     

    This may not but what a hoity-toity gourmet chef would call a true french onion soup, but it ranks right up there with the best I've had or even better than what I've had in a LOT of restaurants.  

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    John

     

    John

    “Then He'll call me some day to my home far away, where His Glory forever I'll share.”
  • Re: Making French Onion Soup for Dinner...Dry White Wine *or* Dry White Vermouth?

    Krissy:  I'm not a drinker but will use wine in my cooking.

    I'm no chef but this has a beef base, I would be more apt to use a red wine.

    Let me know how it turns out with the white.

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  • Re: Making French Onion Soup for Dinner...Dry White Wine *or* Dry White Vermouth?

    Summer74
    That soup recipe is word-for-word from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking (Vol. 1),

     

    Summer

    I guess you guessed what I'm reading, huh?! Wink 

     

    Summer74
    The wine store's sommelier should be able to point you in la bonne direction.

     

    Given that I didn't shop at Le Whole Paycheck this week, the Wine Dude just asked if I wanted Red or White.  Handed me something and said it was made during a good week.  So that should work out just Le Dandy, dontcha think?!  Angel

     

     

     

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