Hungarian Beef-and-Potato Soup
Variation: Use one cup of wide egg noodles instead of the potatoes. You'll only need to simmer the soup for about five minutes, since the noodles don't take quite as long to cook.
France's southern Rhône is one of the world's treasure troves of red-wine values. Seek out a sturdy, spicy Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages or, if you can find one, a Vacqueyras. Their roasted raspberry flavors will complement the soup well.