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Re: It may sound wierd but give it a try.

Postby Richard Fadeley » Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:06 pm

Just depends on what you like. It would obviously not be vegeterian with anchovies, but I usually put them in my salads.
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Re: It may sound wierd but give it a try.

Postby Dale Williams » Tue May 01, 2007 10:46 am

Others have offered good examples. It's certainly not hard to match most great whites or aromatic reds with good acidity (Nebbiolo, Burgundy, etc) with non-meat dishes. But probably no type of wine is harder to match with vegetarian dishes that Cabernet or other low-medium acidity high tannin wines. As you live in Bordeaux and are a believer in the innate superiority of Bdx (based on numerous arguments we've had in past :) ),I could see your train of thought. But I will say that a cavatelli with black truffle & mushrooms first course paired extremely well with several 1982 Bordeaux at an '82 dinner last month (with a dozen wines to go through, we had red Bdx throughout meal). So while meat or game birds are my first choice with Bordeaux, you can do very well with other choices.
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Re: How does one reconcile being a vegetarian and a wine lover?

Postby RichardAtkinson » Tue May 01, 2007 2:35 pm

I guess it depends on to what degree of vegetarianism you practice. If you are a vegan, then I'd venture to say that your choices are more limited.

If you are ovo-lacto and open to dairy / cheese etc ? The I'd say there shouldn't be any problem with almost any red with a decent acid backbone.

I could see some big, soft, fruit forward reds causing some problems. But in those cases...why not just drink the wine by itself. If you like that style.

Dina and I almost always throw in several meatless meals a week to pair with wine. Chianti, Barbera, Nebbiolo for pastas w/ EVOO based sauces or marinara...or caprese...antipasto plate (sans meat..just cheeses and various olives etc..)

If health reasons ever put me in a position that precluded eating meat, I could be quite happy on a vegetarian diet w/ all sorts of wine.

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Re: How does one reconcile being a vegetarian and a wine lover?

Postby Jon Peterson » Wed May 02, 2007 10:01 am

I had the opportunity to ask Fred Grandy (Gopher on "The Love Boat" and former US Congressman) you question. He is a pretty strict Vegan. His response to me this morning:

Since I don't drink much wine I can't say what wines best compliment a vegan diet. Most people I know on a vegan regimen are not big drinkers or oenophiles. Fred"

Not much help perhaps.
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