Are you thinking of taking up a vegan diet after wrapping up your yoga retreat in Sri Lanka? If you are new to veganism, pairing wine with your food might be slightly challenging at first. In this brief guide, we discuss the basics of pairing organic wine with vegan food.
Organic Wine Pairing Guide for Vegans
The key to pairing organic wine with a vegan dish is to focus on the most prominent flavour in the food. For example, if you are hooked on the veggie and tofu bowl with a creamy cashew dressing that you enjoyed at your yoga retreat, try pairing the dish with an aromatic white, rosé or even a dessert wine. Light, fruity sweetness of most dessert, white and rosé wines go well with dishes laced with nut (peanuts, cashews, almonds) based sauces or dressings.
Green Veg pairs well with White Wines
Green vegetables like avocado, broccoli, kale and even humble green beans pair well with either sparkling or light white wine. Generally, plant based food taste better with white wine rather than full-bodied reds. But, if you enjoy spicy dishes of eggplant, mushroom or lentils try medium or full-bodied red wine with your meals.
Rose pairs well with Raw Salads
Pour yourself a glass of crisp white wine or your favourite rosé to bring the best out of that crispy and fresh bowl of raw salad.
Riesling or Pinot Grigio pair well with Spicy Dishes
Similar to pairing meat or fish dishes with wine, it is more about the way you prepare your vegan meals than the base ingredient. A spicy vegetable stew is likely to pair well with Riesling or Pinot Grigio.
Full Bodied White or Light Reds pair well with Root Vegetables
Full-bodied white or light red wine and even aromatic white wines pair well with root vegetables like carrots, pumpkin, potato or sweet potatoes.
However, the bottom line is that wine pairing is much more enjoyable when you can develop your own senses and decide which wine goes well with your favourite meals.
At Nirbana, we provide our guests with plenty of healthy and appetizing meal options including vegan dishes. You can pick up some tips on whipping up your own vegan meals and pairing wine during your retreat with us.