The Perfect Pair: Wine and Vegetarian Cuisine

At DEFY, we believe that wine and vegetarian cuisine are a match made in culinary heaven. Contrary to popular belief, vegetarian dishes can be just as flavourful and complex as their meat counterparts, making them the perfect canvas for wine pairing. In this article, we will explore some of our favourite wine and vegetarian dish combinations that are sure to delight your taste buds.

Raw Orange Wine and Grilled Vegetables

Orange wine is a white wine that is known for its deep, earthy and almost cidre-like flavours. This wine is a great match for grilled vegetables, as the wine's acidity can help cut through the smoky and charred flavours of the vegetables. Pairing grilled asparagus, zucchini and eggplant with a chilled glass of Orange Wine from our Mediterranean Verdejo grape can create a refreshing and satisfying meal.

Crisp Rosé and Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom risotto is a classic vegetarian dish that is rich and hearty. Pairing this dish with a light to medium-bodied rosé wine like our Montepulciano cerasuolo can enhance the flavours of both the food and the wine. The earthy notes of the mushrooms in the risotto are complemented by the subtle fruitiness of the wine. Together, they create a deliciously savoury experience.

Tart White and Creamy Pasta

A bowl of creamy pasta is the ultimate comfort food. The richness of the dish is balanced out by a tart and refreshing Pecorino white wine. The wine's buttery notes can also bring out the creaminess of the pasta sauce. This pairing is perfect for a cosy night in or a fancy dinner party.

Bold Red and Roasted Root Vegetables

Roasted root vegetables are a staple in many vegetarian diets, and for good reason. They are flavourful, nutritious and versatile. Pairing these vegetables with a medium to full-bodied red wine like Montepulciano can create a dynamic and satisfying pairing. The wine's tannins can complement the sweetness of the vegetables, while its fruity notes can balance out the savoury flavours.


We believe that wine and vegetarian cuisine are a match made in culinary heaven. Whether you're a vegetarian or simply looking for a delicious and unique dining experience, wine and vegetarian cuisine can create a symphony of flavours that will delight your taste buds. With the right pairing, you can elevate your dining experience and create a memorable meal. So, go ahead and experiment with different wine and vegetarian dish combinations – your taste buds will thank you.