Spice up the Season with Chorizo Soup and Place in the Sun Shiraz

  • June 20, 2016

This winter, enjoy a bowl of this hearty lentil and chorizo soup with an equally tasty glass of Place in the Sun Shiraz. This big, bold and generous Place in the Sun Shiraz, brims with dark fruit and savoury notes and a beguiling touch of pepper. 

Place in the Sun Fairtrade Shiraz wine

Place in the Sun Shiraz


Serves 4


  • Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or finely sliced  
  • 1 chorizo, cut into thick slices
  • 1 onion, finely diced 
  • 1 large carrot, finely diced
  • 1 or two spears of celery, finely diced
  • 1 can of tomatoes
  • 1,5 litres chicken or beef stock
  • 250g lentils   
  • Handful of chopped mixed fresh herbs (coriander, flat-leaf parsley and chives)

Lentil and Chorizo soup

Lentil and chorizo soup

  • Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic, paprika and cook until the garlic begins to colour. Do not let it burn.
  • Add the chorizo and all the vegetables (except the tomatoes) and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, allowing the chorizo to start releasing its oils and the flavours to amalgamate.
  • Add the stock, tomatoes and lentils and bring to the boil. Simmer for about an hour, adding water or stock if the pan begins to dry out. Check after 45 minutes for doneness. Wait until the lentils are soft but not mushy before adding salt to taste.
  • Serve immediately, topped with the fresh herbs and with crusty bread and the Place in the Sun Shiraz. 

Place in the Sun & Fairtrade

Place in the Sun wines sources Fairtrade certified grapes from Devon Valley, Stellenbosch, giving workers the opportunity to receive extra funds to invest in farm worker social projects. Devon Valley's workers take immense pride in their work as they tend the vines, ensuring they are shaded by canopies of vine leaves in summer, but kept open enough for dappled sunlight to filter through. This encourages optimal ripening with rich and juicy flavours. 

The extra funds received for their grapes are also used towards health, educational, nutritional and recreational projects identified by a committee of farm workers, intended to benefit them and their families.

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