Pairing Veggies & Wine, Chilling Wine Quickly, Resveratrol & Depression



What makes veggies so hard to pair with wine? Are some types of wine better suited to veggie-pairings? How do you pair wine and veggies, especially the wine stalkers – asparagus and artichoke? How can you chill room-temperature wine in under 15 minutes? What does a new study say about the resveratrol in wine combatting depression?

If you’ve ever been stumped about how to enjoy wine with your salad or forgot to chill your wine in time for a dinner date, you’re going to find the tips on this very helpful. Enjoy!



  • Why is it more challenging to pair wine with vegetables than with meat?
  • Which wines should you avoid pairing with vegetables?
  • Which red wines pair well with vegetables?
  • What’s the best way to pair Chianti with tomato-based dishes?
  • How can you pair white wine with vegetables?
  • Which types of wines pair well with starchy vegetables?
  • How should you pair wine with salads and dressing?
  • What can you do to tame homemade vinaigrette’s acidity?
  • Can pickled and brined foods be paired with wine?
  • Which bridging ingredients help to bring together a meal of wine and vegetables?
  • Why are artichokes and asparagus so tricky to pair with wine?
  • How can you chill a room temperature bottle of wine in 15 minutes?
  • What does a new study say about resveratrol and depression?
  • Are there other compounds in wine that have similar health benefits?




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Transcript & Takeaways

Welcome to episode 42!

I have some juicy wine topics to chat with you about in this episode, including:

  • How do you pair wine and veggies, especially tough ones like asparagus and artichoke?
  • How can you chill room-temperature wine in 15 minutes?
  • What does a new study say about the resveratrol in wine combatting depression?

I’ll include links to my pairing tips, the wines I recommend for veggies, the tips for chilling wine and the new research study on resveratrol in the show notes at

I’m gearing up to relaunch my course Get Wine Smart this fall, which will take an even deeper dive into food and wine pairing. I’m sooooo excited about this program, and I know you’re going to love the experience! I’ll be sharing more details soon with you.

Before we dive in, I’d like to share with you a spotlight on a member of our podcast community with you. Bruce Cuthbert from Victoria, British Columbia, wrote on Twitter about episode 39 on Twitter, quote, “Very interesting podcast with stories and books about wine and champagne and much more from Saanichton Parsell Vineyard and winemaker Tilar Mazzeo!!! We enjoyed your interview with Tilar and are looking forward to Tilar’s book on Canadian wineries.”

Thank you Bruce! I loved Tilar’s stories about how the widow Veuve Clicquot took over the Champagne house in the 1800s when her husband dies and built into one of the most successful luxury brands in the world, not to mention inventing the technique of riddling and getting through Napoleon’s blockade. If you missed that chat, go back and have a listen to episode 37. I know you’re going to love this one with Elin.

Alright, let’s dive into our topics today.


You can also watch the videos on Pairing Veggies & Wine and New Wine Health Benefits that includes bonus content and behind-the-scenes questions and answers that weren’t included in this podcast.


Well, there you have it! You’ll find links to great wines in stores now that pair well with veggies in the show notes at, along with links to that new research study on resveratrol.

What was your favourite tip or quote from this episode? Share that with me on Twitter or Facebook and tag me @nataliemaclean, on Instagram I’m @nataliemacleanwine.

If you liked this episode, please tell a friend about it, especially one who’s interested in pairing wine with veggies or the study about resveratrol and depression. My podcast is easy to find, whether you search Google on its name Unreserved Wine Talk, or on my name.

Finally, if you want to take your ability to pair wine and food to the next level, join me in a free online video class at

I can’t wait to share more wine stories with you.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this one. I hope something great is in your glass this week, perhaps a terrific glass of wine with a freshly steamed asparagus and melting butter!

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