Green Tortilla Soup

Green Tortilla Soup

Winter is not over yet, so warm nourishing soups are still viable. Here is a twist on tortilla soup, with tomatillo sauce added for a little variation and spice. The soup almost demands   Taft Street Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc, for its forward fruit and brisk acidity.


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 24oz jar tomatillo sauce
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pound skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • Vegetable oil
  • 6 corn tortillas, cut into strips
  • Lime, avocado, sour cream and cilantro for garnish


  1. Cook onion and pepper in oil until soft, 5-6 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper; and cook until well mixed (2 minutes).
  2. Stir in tomatillo sauce and chicken stock and bring to boil. Add chicken, reduce to simmer, and cook 20 minutes.
  3. While chicken cooks heat ½ inch vegetable oil in skillet until hot. Fry tortilla strips in batches until golden, about 3 minutes. Put on pepper towel and salt.
  4. Ladle into bowls, top with desired garnishes, and serve.

Serves 4 – 6


We in wine country are currently enjoying our annual mock spring, with blue skies and temperatures in the 70’s. It is usually followed by another couple of months of wintry weather (for us), but we are enjoying it while we can. It gives growers the opportunity to access their vineyards for seasonal pruning; an added plus.

In the winery fermentations are completing and bottling has begun. We have put the 2019 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc into bottle, and are preparing the 2019 Russian River Valley Rose of Pinot Noir for its Valentine Day release.

Good news on the competition front. The 2020 San Francisco Chronicle American Wine Competition (the nation’s largest) announced the winning wines recently. Taft Street’s 2017 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Garagistes won a GOLD MEDAL, and the Taft Street 2018 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc was awarded a DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL! Congratulations to us.

After a very successful Winter Wineland event last month, the Tasting Room is gearing up for two special days in February. In addition to our annual Valentine’s Day release of Rose of Pinot Noir, we are participating in a Taste Route 116 event on Saturday February 22nd. Wineries will pair a wine with a favorite food; we will pour our 2016 Medallion Red Blend with homemade chocolate chip cookies. Can’t wait.

As you can see, much is going on at Taft Street. Come on by and share a glass of wine with us.


Mike Tierney

President, Taft Street Winery