Spice Up the Season With Chorizo Soup and Place in the Sun Shiraz

Posted on: 6 June 2016


Place in the Sun wines are accredited by Fairtrade. The premium it pays for its Devon Valley, Stellenbosch grapes, goes towards farm worker social projects.

The farm workers tend the vines; ensure they are shaded by canopies of vine leaves in summer, but kept open enough for dappled sunlight to filter through. This is to encourage optimal ripening with rich and juicy flavours. They also harvest the grapes by hand.
The premiums paid for the harvest go towards health, educational, nutritional and recreational projects identified by a committee of farm workers, intended to benefit them and their families.

Try the big, bold and generous Place in the Sun Shiraz, brimming with dark fruit and savoury notes and a beguiling touch of pepper. It is available from the Fairtrade online store, as well as most liquor retailers and sells for around R66.

Enjoy it with this hearty lentils and chorizo soup, with some spice of its own.


Lentil and Chorizo Soup

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)



  • 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.


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