Quick Guide to Vegetarian Wine Pairings

Red wine with beef, white wine with fish, right? What about vegetarian recipes? Check out this quick guide to Vegetarian Wine Pairings for recommendations on how to pair wine with classic (and exotic!) vegetarian soups, salads, dinners, lunches, and everything in between!

Red wine with beef, white wine with fish, right? What about vegetarian recipes? Check out this quick guide to Vegetarian Wine Pairings for recommendations on how to pair wine with classic (and exotic!) vegetarian soups, salads, dinners, lunches, and everything in between!

Guys, I’ve been keeping something from you. For the past two months or so, I’ve been eating a strictly vegetarian diet.

This is a HUGE change for me, and not something that I expected!

I didn’t intentionally become a vegetarian… it sort of just… happened!

I started noticing that whenever I would eat meat, I’d feel not-so-great about it. It didn’t sit right in my stomach, and I couldn’t really enjoy eating meat because even as I was chewing, all I could think was “animal.” I’m obviously spending too much time alone with my cats, but that’s an entirely other intervention conversation.

I guess I just feel better not eating meat. For now. No long term commitments here, but be prepared for lots more healthy and plant-based recipes here on the blog 🙂

Since I started experimenting with a meat-free diet, I have been surprised to learn that some foods which should be inherently vegetarian in fact are not!

Take wine, for example.

From what I understand, part of the “fining” process (which is done to increase the clarity of the wine) is done through use of additives such as gelatin (an animal protein) and isinglass (fish bladder protein).

Others are finished through use of casein (milk protein) and albumin (egg whites). I imagine that this process is similar to the French method of preparing a consomme, which uses egg white to remove sediment from broth.

You can read more about the various wine “fining” processes in this article from The Kitchn.

There’s about a bazillion varieties of wine out there, but I decided to focus on my favorite four whites (Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer) and my favorite four reds (Chianti, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir).

For each type of wine, I’ve listed out a few cuisines and dishes that are perfect for pairing, and linked to a recipe or two to get you started. Enjoy!



Pinot Grigio

  • delicious with: veggie wraps, bright salads, pasta with cream sauce, bruschetta
  • recipe ideas:

Easy Tuscan Bean Soup

Easy Tuscan Bean Soup (30 Minute Mondays!)

Lebanese Fattoush Salad

Lebanese Fattoush Salad: So simple, yet packed with flavor! I love this with roast chicken, kebabs, or just as a healthy lunch.


  • delicious with: starchy foods such as potatoes or risotto, spring peas, corn and roasted vegetables
  • recipe ideas:

Mexican Sweet Corn Succotash

This surprising combination of colors, textures, and tastes make this Mexican Sweet Corn Succotash recipe a feast for the senses!


  • delicious with: Thai food, curry, summer BBQ, cashews, Mexican recipes
  • recipe ideas:

Bulgur, Black Bean, and Mushroom Enchilada Casserole

Bulgur, Black Bean, and Mushroom Enchilada Casserole


  • delicious with: German food, cheese, Cajun cuisine, kimchee, Indian cuisine
  • recipe ideas:

Vegan Indian Potato Chickpea Stew

(Vegan!) Indian Potato Chickpea Stew: Spiced potatoes, chickpeas and carrots are simmered in a savory vegetable broth with spinach and plump raisins. Toasted cashews and fresh lemon juice add crunch and freshness to this hearty meal!



  • delicious with: pasta with tomato sauce, caprese salad, veggie pizza
  • recipe ideas:

No-Boil Vegetarian Caprese Pasta Bake

Pre-boiling pasta is for chumps. Take your laziness game to a whole new level with this scrumptious no-boil Caprese Pasta Bake!


  • delicious with: veggie burgers, olives, avocado
  • recipe ideas:

Tomato and Olive Tapenade

Rustic Tomato & Olive Tapenade

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • delicious with: lentil soup, garlic, walnuts, eggplant
  • recipe ideas:

French Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese

Toasted walnuts and fresh goat cheese make this classic French Lentil Salad a special treat!

Pinot Noir

  • delicious with: mushrooms, bread and olive oil, Mediterranean food
  • recipe ideas:

Mediterranean Stuffed Bell Peppers

Get your fill of ancient grains with these Mediterranean Stuffed Bell Peppers, piled high with Freekeh, zucchini, tomatoes, olives, Feta cheese, and toasted pine nuts.

Rigatoni Mediterranean Casserole

Tender pieces of mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes, and olives hide inside toothy rigatoni in this easy-to-make (and vegetarian!) Rigatoni Mediterranean Casserole!


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  1. I thought vegetarianism would be boring until I found your recipe. It’s really creative and interesting.
    Thanks Anetta for your good job !

  2. Oh, what a daring idea to combine wine with vegetarian dishes. How to say, the freshness of vegetables combined with the concentration of alcohol in your way will be really interesting.

  3. As a fairly new vegetarian myself (as of the beginning of this year), I am LOVING the meatless recipes! My transition was very much like yours and now I can’t imagine it any other way. It was way easier to make the switch than I ever thought it would be. Can’t wait to try some of these pairings! The Tuscan bean soup is a favorite in our house.