There are plenty of wine food pairings for meat-eaters, but what about vegetarian wine drinkers? Wine is a great pairing for all sorts of vegetarian dishes, especially when you’re using wine in the recipe! Here are Just Wine’s picks for tasty vegetarian dishes you can make at home plus wine pairings for each item.


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1. White Wine Mushroom Bruschetta With Halloumi Recipe

From Amuse Your Bouche this appie can actually be a satisfying meal as well. Just a touch of cream and a splash of white wine are all you need to lend this easy bruschetta a velvety topping. Best wine to use in the recipe: Chardonnay.

Mushroom Bruschetta with Wine Wine. Image Source: Amuse Your Bouche


Wine Pairings with this Vegetarian Mushroom Dish:

Red Wine Pairing: Rioja Gran Reserva. A rustic wine aged at least 4 years before release. Notes of earth, mushroom and dark fruit. Full body.

White Wine Pairing: Oaked Chardonnay. This is a white wine with lots of body, a creamy texture and will match the flavour intensity of the mushroom dish.


2. Recipe for Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Red Wine, Shallots & Wheatberries

Cauliflower is a great vegetable because the textures lend so much goodness to a meal. BBC Good Food definitely hit the jackpot with this veggie delight. The best wine to use in this veggie dish is a fruity blend or Tempranillo.

Roasted Cauliflower with Red Wine. Image Source: BBC Good Food


Wine Pairings with this Vegetarian Cauliflower Dish:

Red Wine Pairing: Cabernet Franc. Look for elegant expressions of this grape variety with herbal, tobacco and unmistakable fresh raspberry notes. Not as big and brawny as it’s cousin, Cabernet Sauvignon, a Cabernet Franc gives you plenty of flavour with more finesse.

White Wine Pairing: Viognier. Viognier is a very aromatic white wine. It’s medium to full body with lots of flavour and aroma intensity, without the racy acidity of other white wines.


3. Recipe for Grilled Corn Risotto

Most of your favorite dishes can actually be made vegetarian by simple substitutions like this one from the Food Network. Simply use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and you’ve got yourself a tasty veggie-friendly dish. The best wine to use in this recipe is Chenin Blanc.

Corn Risotto with White Wine. Image Source: The Food Network


Wine Pairings with this Vegetarian Risotto Dish:

Red Wine Pairing: Gamay. Light bodied Gamay will not over-power the more delicate flavours of this dish. Gamay also has mouthwatering acidity that balances the rich texture of a risotto dish. Just Wine Tip: Gamay is the grape variety in the French wine Beajolais!

White Wine Pairing: Chenin Blanc. If you use sweet corn or peaches & cream corn, the best pairing is Chenin Blanc. With it’s peachy, citrus flavour and crisp acidity, Chenin is the perfect wine to match flavour and cut through the richness of risotto.


4. Vegetarian Baked Beans Recipe

Recipe Tin Eats is right on! No need for beans from a can when you can make your own delicious red wine baked beans. Beans are a great source of protein that makes an easy, anytime meal. Add on top of bread for a vegetarian bean version of sloppy joes. The best wine to use in this baked beans recipe is a juicy, peppery Shiraz.

Vegetarian Baked Beans with Red Wine. Image Source: Recipe Tin Eats


Wine Pairings with this Vegetarian Baked Bean Dish:

Red Wine Pairing: Syrah. This is a grape variety that almost always has a smokey quality with notes of bacon and smoked meat along with those delicious dark fruit flavours. Try one from the Northern Rhone Valley for a perfect food pairing.

White Wine Pairing: Pinot Gris. If you’re going to have white wine with baked beans, you need one that has bold flavours so wine doesn’t get over powered by the dish. A Pinot Gris from Alsace or the Okanagan Valley will have the body and flavour intensity to match, along with some zippy acidity to cut through the creamy sauce.


5. Eggplant & Tofu Ratatouille with Thai Basil Recipe

Eggplant is a great meaty vegetable plus the tofu is a great source of protein. You can also add squash and zucchini to this dish which will make it really hearty. Earthy Feast, you are whole food heaven! Choose whatever red wine you’ve got in the house — Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir — it doesn’t matter.

Veggetarian Ratatouille with Red Wine. Image Source: Paige Alisa


Wine Pairings for Vegetarian Ratatouille Dish:

Red Wine Pairing: Chianti Classico. They say “if it grows together, it goes together,” and that is very true of this wine and food pairing. A classic Italian dish deserve a classic Italian wine. Just Wine tip: the grape variety in Chianti is Sangiovese.

White Wine Pairing: Soave. The same pairing principle applies to white wine. Choose an Italian white wine to pair with this classic Italian dish. The grape variety in Soave is Garganega and offering a balance of rich and fresh.


6. Vegan Scallops in White Wine Cream Sauce and Pasta Recipe

Yes, you read that right — vegan scallops! (Hint: it’s mushrooms, not seafood!) From Olives for Dinner, this is a Vegan food and wine lovers delight. It’s also a cinch to throw together in about 45 minutes, making it a perfect weeknight dinner. It is pretty, simple, smells amazing and tastes heavenly. Best wine to use in the recipe: any organic white wine.

Vegan Scallops and White Wine. Image Source: Olives for Dinner


Wine Pairings for this Vegan Scallops Dish:

Red Wine Pairing: Organic Rosé. A red wine might be a bit too much for this dish, so choose an alternative to red and white wines with a dry style rosé. Hints of red wine flavours like strawberry and cherry, but crisp enough to balance out the creaminess of the white sauce.

White Wine Pairing: Organic Sparkling Wine. The effervescence and racy acidity of sparkling wine goes with anything! If you’re not sure what to pair with a dish, always choose bubbles.


7. Poached Eggs in a Red Wine Sauce (Oeufs en meurette) Recipe

From My French Kitchen, the origins of this dish lie in Burgundy, so a Burgundian red would probably go great with it. Whatever you pair it with it will definitely keep you warm in the winter.

Oeufs en Meurette with Burgundy. Image Source: My French Kitchen


Wine Pairings for a Classic Oeufs en Meurette Dish:

Red Wine Pairing: Bourgogne Rouge (Red Burgundy). This dish originated in Burgundy, so it’s only fitting that the wine pairing choices also come from Burgundy. Just Wine Tip: the grape variety in red wines from Burgundy is Pinot Noir.

White Wine Pairing: Premiere (1er) Cru Chablis. With little to no oak, this crisp, mineral driven, citrusy Chardonnay will balance out the rich texture of this vegetarian dish.


8. Recipe for Asparagus and Brie Wonton Tartlets

This tartlet from Dairy Farmers of Canada is simple and sophisticated. It will definitely wow a crowd whether they are vegetarian or not. Plus the white wine highlights the asparagus and brie so nicely.

Vegetarian Tartlets with Wine. Image Source: Dairy Goodness


Wine Pairings for this Vegetarian Tartlet Dish:

Red Wine Pairing: Unoaked Tempranillo. Absolutely avoid all oak and tannin when pairing red wine with asparagus. A young, fresh, unbaked, fruit driven wine is the way to go and rosé is even better.

White Wine Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc. The grassy, mineral, fresh flavours of Sauvignon Blanc, along with its zippy acidity make the best pairing for brie and asparagus.


9. Lentil Pot Pie Recipe

Based on Deborah Madison’s Green Lentils with Wine-Glazed Vegetables This delicious recipe from Jessie’s Scanlon’s The Roasted Beet uses the best of two recipes to make a fabulous creative wine dish.

Lentil Pot Pie and Wine. Image Source: The Roasted Beet


Wine Pairings for this Vegetarian Lentil Pot Pie:

Red Wine Pairing: Barolo. Floral aromas and flavours of wild berries, this earthy, rustic wine matches the flavour intensity of lentil pot Pie.

White Wine Pairing: Lightly Oaked Chardonnay. Too much oak treatment will over power the dish so choose a white wine that has spent a bit of time in an oak barrel without being too aggressively oaky. Less is best in this case.


10. The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail’s Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

From the Finger Lakes Wine Country’s Wine Trail Recipes this dish features herbs from the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail’s Wine and Herb Festival. This pasta salad is sure to be a hit at your next dinner party. We cheated a little with “wine in the recipe” for this one because it’s such a delicious dish… it calls for red wine vinegar.

The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail's Greek Pasta Salad
Pasta Salad Recipe and Wine Pairing. Image Source: Recipes Hub


Wine Pairings for this Vegetarian Pasta Salad Dish:

Red Wine Pairing: Finger Lakes Lemberger. This little-known grape variety has soft tannins and a bucket load of ripe fruit flavours. The Finger Lakes, New York region makes delicious tasting wine from Lemberger grapes.

White Wine Pairing: Finger Lakes Dry Riesling. Juicy, mouthwatering acidity with flavours of apricot, honeysuckle, lime and apple. Pair this wine with any vegetarian summer salad.


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