Best Wine Pairings for Vegetarian Food + Recipes (Video)

What an amazing tasting of wines paired with delicious vegetarian recipes from Food & Drink magazine created by editors Victoria Walsh and Eric Vellend!

The turnout was HUGE and the chat stream so lively (see comments further below).



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3 Tips for Veggie Sips


Tip #1: You’re Just My Type

• Consider the types of veggies in the dish: flavour, weight and texture?
• Light or bold? Crisp or creamy? Mild or spicy?


Tip #2: Can You Take the Heat?

• Are the veggies raw or cooked?
• If cooked, is it: light (steamed), heavy (braised), rich (fried)?


Tip #3: All Dressed Up?

• Are there spices, sauces, oils or cream in the dish?
• How about bridging ingredients like nuts, cheese, lentils or grains?


Recipes and Wines:


Harvest Nachos with Brussel Sprouts, Squash and Smoked Cheddar







Royal City Smoked Honey Ale

The smoky aromas of toasted nuts and coffee are a great match for the smoked cheddar in this beer, which is a cross between an English Brown Ale and German Smoked Lager.








Château des Charmes Blanc de Blancs Sparkling

Whenever a dish traditionally pairs well with beer, I think sparkling wine can do the job as well, especially with its frothy bubbles and cleansing acidity that’ll cut through the fat of the cheese and is a lively counterpoint to the Brussels sprouts.











Peller Estates Family Reserve Chardonnay 2019

The buttery notes of this Chardonnay also pair well with the richness of the cheese, squash and corn flavours of the nacho chips.









Henry of Pelham Baco Noir

The smoky notes of the cheddar are a terrific complement to the smoky aromas of the Baco Noir.






Cacio y Pepe Beet & Ricotta Gnocchi










Thirty Bench Winemaker’s Blend Riesling

This terrific, off-dry Riesling has the natural medium sweetness to match the beets and the vibrancy to cut through the richness of the gnocchi.









Pommies Farmhouse Cider

This off-dry cider also works for the same reasons, plus its apple notes are a wonderful contrast to the earthiness of this dish.






Carrot Hummus









Creekside Sauvignon Blanc

The zesty acidity of this wine will cut through the lovely, mouth-coating texture of the dip.









Thirteenth Street Gamay Noir

This smooth red wine also has the acidity for the dip, plus its peppery notes will mingle nicely with the chili flakes.







Indian Style Buttered Mushroom and Pea Curry









Malivoire Ladybug Rosé

This zingy rose brightens and lifts the richness of the buttered mushrooms and has the acidity to handle the herbal pea flavours.











Featherstone Cabernet Franc

This smooth, full-bodied Cab Franc has the weight to match the bold flavours of this dish without the furry-moth tannins to clash with it. It’s herbal notes also handle the peas beautifully.









Muskoka Cream Ale

The caramel aromas in this medium-bodied, creamy beer are a great pairing with the buttery notes in the dish.







Baked Mushroom Parmesana









Tawse Growers Blend Pinot Noir

Mushroom dishes often pair well with Pinot Noir, given the wine’s natural, earthy aromas. The bonus is that Pinot Noir is packed with bright berry flavours that aren’t heavy or jammy.









Trius Red The Icon

This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot works well with the umami of the parmesan and mushrooms that give this dish deep, savoury goodness. The Merlot in the blend is smooth and acts as a bridging grape for fans of big reds and vegetarian cuisine.






Classic Apple Crisp








Growers Honeycrisp Apple Cider

Here’s an apples to apples comparison and match of flavours. The honeycrisp apples in this lively cider dance beside this dessert.










Reif Estate Winery Vidal Icewine

The peachy, apricot loveliness of this Icewine plays so nicely alongside the apple crisp.



Natalie MacLean
Hello everyone!

Roy SmithWill this event be recorded and available later?

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jolly jollyhi

Alexander InglisCheers from Toronto’s Cabbagetown!

LCBOHappy #MeatlessMonday everyone!

Suzin WillsonHI Natalie, so excited to being involved with this.

jolly jollyCheers from Mississauga!

Bonnie LymerCheers from Saskatoon!

Deborah PikeHi from Gabriola – Gulf Island!

Suzin WillsonScarbrough

LCBOAnyone from the national capital region like our host Natalie?

AndreaTuning in from Ottawa, here

Don Morris-JonesHello from Arlington VA

LCBO@Andrea Hello 613 crowd!

Dorothy MazzarellaHi from New York!

Darryn VareyEvening Nat! Evening, fellow GWSers ;)

Psoriasis ChannelI’m nearly meatless..

Craig HHi from the 613

Steven Weinsteinny

Mark LaiHi Natalie! Looking forward to this.

Tara MaharajFrom Newmarket, ON

Rosemary PellHi everyone – great topic

Paula BernardinoHello from Montreal

Karen Mitchellso excited for this one as I eat alot of vegetarian dishes.

LCBOHello, friends from outside Ontario!

Guyanne DesforgesHi Natalie, enjoying this new concept

Alana KLHi from Montreal!

LCBOOur Holiday Food & Drink issue hits stores on November 12th, so mark your calendars, folks!

Irene WilliamsonHi from Crysler.

LCBOFor those of you outside Ontario, you can read our digital magazine at

kellie johnsenAloha from Hawaii

Christine ArcherHi from Mississauga, Ontario

Karen MitchellI’m having teriyaki eggplant over cauliflower rice tonight.

LCBO@Karen Mitchell Sounds delicious!

LCBO@kellie johnsen Aloha! We aren’t jealous, not at all.

Sil MiorThese are excellent tips, are they included in the magazine?

LCBO@Sil Mior The tips aren’t necessarily featured in the magazine, but this video will be available for watching and re-watching on our channel so that you can reference it.

Mark LaiLove Food & Drink magazine. Such a great value add from LCBO

Sil MiorPerfect. Thank you.

LCBOWe’ve linked to all of the recipes in our video description, but you can read the full issue online.

Christine ArcherI still have food and drink magazines going back to early 80’s.

Khairun KanjiTHank You for Hosting this event … what a wonderful Idea for connecting with your fans … and Hoping more such events will be offered online …. so people across the country can participate

Karen MitchellI almost made these tonight

Elaine BruceHi all, from Calgary :)

Alexander InglisWhat about Harvest Nachos swapping out the dairy with vegan chedder?

Jane StaplesHi from Ottawa

LCBO@Khairun Kanji We host virtual events on a near-weekly basis! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook @LCBO to stay in the loop!

LCBO@Alexander Inglis Vegan cheese would be a great and tasty alternative!

Lori KilmartinHi Natalie! Love sparkling with natcho’s. Great choice!

Alana KLThanks Natalie for adding Reds as well Great recommendations!

LCBOWho thought this recipe photo was meat? We did a double-take!

Jane StaplesThanks for the tip to use beet greens!

Craig HThanks for the sparkling wine recommendation Nathalie

Elaine BruceLove beets ! I use the stalks as well, chop and cook, use instead of chickpeas for a gorgeous hummus

Lori KilmartinI want this recipe!! The Beet Gnocchi sounds delicious!

Karen Mitchell30 bench winemakers Riesling is one of my favourites

Rosemary PellYes, I was wondering about a red with the beet gnocchi

Lori KilmartinBeets with Pinot Noir too?

Alana KLLove that – thanks! We prefer reds but are always more challenged pairing them with veggie dishes!

Kim from Stevestonhello from BC …. sorry we don’t get many if any of the Ontario wines !! These recipes look delish ….

Karen Mitchellamen, perplexed vegetable and red wine lover here

AndreaLove this Carrot Hummus! Can’t wait to try

Alana KLSame here Karen

Suzin Willsonit all looks so delicious

LCBO@Kim from Steveston Hello our friend from the west! If you can’t get these Ontario wines, there are some amazing pacific northwest and BC wines that you could substitute!

Maggie GattescoGreat tip for broccoli

Tim RobertsI made the carrot hummus for a thanksgiving appetizer and it was amazing. I actually liked it when it was warm and thought it could make a nice side dish.

Cam AlexsonThe beet Gnocchi pairing with the off dry Riesling sounds good how would a Gamay noir play with this dish

Lori KilmartinLove the Sauv. Blanc tip with the hummus!

Paula Bernardinoabsolutely! great advice! “Drink what you like!!

Alana KLOur motto @Paula Bernardino

Odile McDevittI found this channel by pure chance and wow I’m in love
Lori Kilmartin@LCBO I may have “several” back issues too!

Craig HThese pairings sound superb

Odile McDevittwhile they creep me out (for reasons I don’t understand) my twin sister loves mushrooms, I’ll have to send this to her

LCBO@Lori Kilmartin Nice! The recipes never get old! We maybe can’t say the same for those ’80s advertisements, though!

Odile McDevitt@LCBO I don

Odile McDevittt study the 80s but they’re still super useful to historians ike me

Odile McDevitt(also oops, I hit enter before I meant to)

Suzin Willsonnever knew there was a mushroom brush! I’m getting one too

Paula BernardinoLadybug: my favourite rosé!

Suzin Willsongot to try lady bug

LCBO@Paula Bernardino One of ours too! We also have a video from a past virtual event featuring Ontario Sparkling Wines, hosted by the Sparkling Winos and Shiraz Mottiar – winemaker at Malivoire!

Rosemary Pell”acidity is to wine what salt is to food” – wonderful & helpful way to understand this element

Lori KilmartinI love mushrooms. @LCBO – I was late to the party. Where do we find these recipes??

Kim from StevestonWHY is it so difficult to get Ontario wines here (and likely BC wines for you guys ….)?? Its ridiculous ….

LCBO@Lori Kilmartin The recipes are in the video description, and can also be found in our Autumn 2020 issue of Food & Drink.

Suzin Willsonunder neath where it says show more

Lorna PalmerFeatherstone Cab Franc is delicious; like the pairing suggested

LCBO@Kim from Steveston Guess you’ll have to pay us a visit soon

AndreaLooks delicious! I absolutely love Pinot Noir with mushrooms, too.

Lori KilmartinAgree @natalie – Mushrooms and Pinot are my fav pairing! Thanks for the wine recommendation!

Kim from StevestonGet your covid numbers down …. and I am there !!!

Kim from StevestonVery much look forward to hitting your beautiful province again…..

Guyanne DesforgesGreat dishes and love the suggested pairings; in all I found my favorite wines such as the Lady Bug, Baco Noir of Henry of P. , Trius, Gamay .. merci

LCBOAnother shout out to Ottawa!

Lori KilmartinOhhhh – love the idea of the topping on the bottom! I will definitely try this recipe!

Kim from StevestonGREAT idea …. topping on the bottom

Lori Kilmartin@natalie – I wouldn’t have thought of an apple cider pairing. Great idea!!!

LCBOMmm, Icewine and apple crisp. We can hardly think of anything better to finish a meal.

Craig HThanks for the cider pairing idea

Lori KilmartinWhat’s your favourite vegetarian dish and wine pairing @Natalie

Linda VargasHow can I access the digital food and drink magazine? I do receive the Lino emails

Linda VargasLcbo *

LCBO@Linda Vargas You can find digital issues online at

Ann Marie Leis[message retracted]

Linda VargasThank you

Alana KLNatalie, any thoughts on wine pairings for dishes with lots of lemon (piccata sauce, pasta with lemon and pepper sauce, fish with lemon, etc.) – always challenged when there

Alexander InglisThank you so much for offering vegan options.

LCBOWe have also linked to the Autumn 2020 digital issue in the video description.

Ann Marie LeisTere Eric! will you be doing an Estonian themed recipe mix soon?

Ann Marie LeisTere Eric! will you be doing an Estonian themed recipe mix soon?

R TietzJust love the idea of a chocolate board and the pairings,

LCBOMmm, mushroom risotto with an aged Nebbiolo

Alana KLBrilliant – thanks Natalie!

Lorna HindsGreat ideas and tips

Christine Archerthanks Natalie see u Wednesday

Craig HThanks for all these tips, Natalie.

Irene WilliamsonGreat night. Thank you all.

Deborah PikeAs a vegetarian, I salute your commitment to these gorgeous pairings!

Suzin Willsonthank you so much this was very helpful. Happy cooking and sampling!

Lori KilmartinThank you so much! Fun session!

LCBOThanks everyone for sharing your #MeatlessMonday with us! And thanks to all of our friends from out of province for joining in as well!

Guyanne DesforgesThank you, merci cheers to all over

Jacqui DenommeThis was fun, thanks!

AndreaThank you! Chers!

Irene MatysWonderful live everyone! Cheers

Jane StaplesCheers!

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Mark LaiThanks all, that was fun.

Em WillsCheers everyone, until next time!

Kim from StevestonThanks Natelie and Eric and Victoria !!! I have been enjoying a Grey Monk Pinot Gris while listening !!

LCBO We have events just about every week!

Elaine BruceCheers !

Natalie MacLean
Thanks so much for your wonderful participation this evening everyone!

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