Combine the first six ingredients in a soup pot and simmer for 20 minutes.
Strain the broth, then add fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and chili paste (3/4 teaspoon allows the wine to show beautifully). Stir well.
Just before serving, add shrimp, red pepper, green onion and cilantro. Cook until shrimp are opaque, about 2 minutes.
Serve as a soup, or alongside steamed rice.
*Can be found in fine specialty Asian grocery stores