I have a pet hate when it comes to wine. I’m not a huge wine drinker and I will admit now that I’m far from being an expert on the subject. I just don’t understand what it goes with and when you should drink which type of wine. Add to this that I’m constantly told that red should be drank with red meat and white with chicken or fish and it leaves a vegetarian like me very frustrated.
Waitrose Cellar have obviously spotted a gap in the market for people like me and have launched The Vegetarian Foodie Case. In summary the case is six bottles of specially selected wines which comes with a guide to each wine and their perfect vegetarian recipe matches. It even includes a recipe for each wine. Perfect!
Waitrose Cellar teamed up with their Waitrose Cookery School Head Chef, Gordon McDermott to create this case of delicious vegetarian-friendly wines and recipes that complement each one. Surely even somebody as clueless as me when it comes to wine can’t fail to mess up with it all handed to me in one neat package
The case contains the following wines: (you’ll have to forgive me for using the guides description of each wine below as my own descriptions would probably not be very helpful in describing each wine). More details about each wine can be found on the link above.
Waitrose Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2013
This is a South African white which according to the guide is deliciously fruity with fresh flavours of peaches and limes and coupled with it’s lively acidity work brilliantly with feta and ricotta. It is suggested that this wine is paired with Spanakopitas (Filo pastry wrapped feta, ricotta and spinach parcels).
Cave de Turckheim Gewürztraminer 2012
A French white from the Alsace region, this wine has all the spicy, floral and lychee aromas typical of Gewürztraminer and a generously soft, medium dry palate. A wonderful partner to spicy food, thanks to an element of sweetness alongside the aromatic fruit qualities.
The suggested recipe for this wine is Sri Lankan Nut Curry and this was probably my favourite wine and recipe combination. We love spicy food in this household and this white is right up my street taste wise (I told you my descriptions of wine were pretty poor ).
Chateau Roquefort Roquefortissime 2012
This is a delicious, soft textured, barrel-fermented white. It’s a blend of approximately 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillion grapes which are fermented in oak barrels. This white is apparently perfect to pair with a variety of salads. The guide provides a recipe for Endive Salad with Roquefort, pear and sweet mustard dressing.
I’m not usually a big fan of oaky wines but this one did taste lovely and wasn’t too overpowering.
Araldica Corsini Barbaresso 2010/2011
This is a fine and delicious Italian red made from the Nebbiolo grape variety. It is smooth and refined showing intense notes of chocolate and coffee. Apparently the tannins in this wine are much softer and so the wine has been paired with a Wild Mushroom Risotto as it brings out the flavours of the earthy mushrooms. I’m not a big fan of red wine to be honest so I’ve put this bottle to one side to serve up with Risotto next time we have guests
Stonier Pinot Noir 2011
This wine is very attractive, with open strawberry fruit. With it’s raspberry, cherry and savoury plum notes, this wine works best with full flavoured – but not overpowering foods apparently. The delicate red berry fruit and fine tannins make this the perfect match to a combination of flavours provided by the artichokes and olives in the paired recipe which is Artichoke and green olive puff pastry pies.
Norton Winemaker’s Reserve Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo 2011
This is a bold Argentinian Malbec with all the rich dark mulberry fruit you could possibly want. There’s a wonderfully deep nose, smelling seductively of Black Forest Gateau, cherries and vanilla. Gentle and velvety on the palate with sweet fruit and liquorice flavours and a spicy vibrant finish. It’s apparently the perfect partner for warming vegetable stews.
This wine is paired with a delicious sounding Spiced Aubergine ragout with herb yoghurt and panisse.
I absolutely love the idea of this Vegetarian Foodie Case, it’s a wonderful way of tasting a range of delicious wines from around the world and it makes planning meals and wine much easier for amateurs like me. I’ve already thought of at least a couple of people we know which would love to receive one of these for Christmas and at £70 it’s not too much of an expensive gift, especially if you have wine loving vegetarians in your family.