Wine and Vegetarian Food Pairing

Glass of red wine on table uidMany people are switching to vegetarian food not only to lose weight, but also to have better health. Same goes with wine because of its numerous health benefits when taken in moderation. According to a research conducted by the Queen Mary University in London, “Red-wine tannins contain procyanidins, which protect against heart disease.” In separate studies, results showed that wine promotes long life and reduces the risk of getting a heart attack, stroke, cataracts, colon cancer, and diabetes.

With all of this being said, it comes as no surprise why most people prefer pairing their vegetarian food with wine. If you are a new wine drinker, then choosing the right wine can be quite difficult. With the number of choices of M&S Wine, finding the perfect wine to match your favorite vegetarian dish can be made easy if you follow some of the tips below.

People often refer their choice of wine by the old rule “white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat”. With that in mind, you won’t have any problem pairing meat dishes with wine. But how will this rule work with vegetarian dishes? I read an article published in Wine Lovers Page that suggested pairing white wine with green vegetables and red wine with brown vegetables.

White wines like the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012 goes well with a bowl of green beans, a vegetarian risotto, a spinach quiche, and English asparagus. Make sure to avoid salad dressings that are vinegar-based because they don’t compliment with wine. If you are in the mood for some pasta to match with your white wine, then a good choice is the Fettuccine Primavera.

Red wines like the Schug Pinot Noir 2011, on the other hand, can be paired with tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, brown or red beans, and other root vegetables. Mushrooms such as shiitakes, morels, porcini, and chanterelles are also perfect for red wines. For the pasta lovers, I highly suggest Eggplant Parmigiana for your favorite red wine.

This is a contributed post that appears in line with my disclosure policy.  

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4 comments to Wine and Vegetarian Food Pairing

  • Thank you for this!!
    I don’t really drink, but on the odd occasion that I fancy a glass I have no clue what to buy!
    Also… Are you a vegetarian? How long have you been one? I eat meat, but I have been cutting more and more out of my diet, we eat vegetarian at least 3 times a week!
    I hope that Uni is going well,
    Tammy x

    • Glad it was useful. I’m not a vegetarian – I love a good steak far too much – but both my husband and son are, so I cook and eat vegetarian most of the time. Uni is non-stop madness, but that was to be expected. I hope you’re doing well! x

  • I thought I’d stop by and check your space out and now I fancy a glass of red wine, which at 5pm on a school day is not my best idea! :-) You’re a US Mom in the UK and I’m a UK Mum in the US. You’re a carnivore feeding a vegetarian family and I’m a vegan (through bowel issues rather than moral ones) feeding a carnivore family – though I do the cooking and they often have to be content with what they’re given, which is often vegan food. I’m looking forward to seeing your post tomorrow x

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