Wine Pairings for Vegetarian Dishes
Find the Best Wines for Vegetable Pairings
Tips and Tricks for Wine and Veggie Pairings
Think About Complementary Flavors Many red and white wines contain aromas and flavors that complement vegetables that come from compounds like rotundone and pyrazine. These can range from peppercorn (rotundone) and herbs all the way to vegetal flavors like asparagus, bell pepper and even picked jalapeño (pyrazines). Wines with these notes make for easier pairing with the intense flavors of various vegetables.
Sauce is Boss. As with pairing wine with any food, it's important to not just look at an isolated ingredient, but to consider the dish as a whole. Vegetable dishes with rich, creamy or cheeses sauces, for example, would be better paired with high acid wines that can clean and refresh the palate.
General Wines for Veggie Pairings
Red Wines Cabernet Franc and Carmenere are two red wines that contain ample pyrazines, imparting flavors of bell pepper, chilis and/or herbal notes. These wines can be a great match for a variety of vegetable dishes. Black and white pepper notes can often be found in wines like Grenache and cool climate Syrahs, also providing a great flavor compliment.
White Wines Many white wines also contain pyrazines and/or rotundone. Green notes in Sauvignon Blanc (ranging from grassy in Loire Valley wines to pickled jalepeño in New Zealand), leek and peppercorn in Grüner Veltliner, and fennel notes in wines like Spanish Verdejo make these wines a great match for veggie dishes and crudites.
3 Great Wine and Vegetarian Dish Pairings and Recipes
2017 Gramercy Cellars 'Lower East' Mourvèdre with Roasted Mushroom
This elegant, silky, peppery wine has evolved with five years of bottle age serving to smooth out rough, meaty edges. The palate explodes with a balance of ripe red fruits and a kick of black pepper spice. The perfect match for roasted or grilled mushroom dishes.
About the Wine:
Grapes: Mourvèdre (75%) · Syrah · Grenache
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Tastes like: Red cherry · Strawberry · Black plum · Smoked meat · Black pepper · Sweet tobacco
Craveable: Mushroom fajitas · Grilled balsamic portobello · Burgers · Roasted lamb shank · BBQ chicken.
Wow: 92pts, Editor's Choice, Wine Enthusiast
2020 Vietti Roero Arneis with Creamy, Lemony Asparagus Risotto
Most Italian wines are intended to be enjoyed with food and this bottle is no exception. Although the palate is light enough to sip on its own, the subtle but complex flavors really complement summer veggies- especially those in a creamy, lemony pasta or risotto.
About the wine:
Region: Roero, Piedmont, Italy
Tastes like: Lemon · Jasmine · Underripe pineapple · Almond · Touch of raw honey
Craveable: Asparagus risotto · Snap pea and mascarpone pasta · Roasted veggies
2021 Côte Bonneville Rosé with Zucchini Fritters
Some Rosés are meant for patio pounding, and others really shine at the dinner table. The grapes in this bottle were grown and harvested specifically for making a Rosé (as opposed to a by-product of leftover fruit or juice intended for red wine). The result is a flavorful, balanced wine that goes beyond a simple summer sipper and is a dream at the summer dinner table.
About the wine:
Grapes: Cabernet Franc
Region: Yakima Valley, Washington
Tastes like: Melon · Tangerine · Strawberry · Medium palate weight · Bright acid finish
Craveable: Zucchini fritters · Salads · Grilled Sockeye salmon
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