Expert Advice on How to Pair Wine With a Veggie Meal
A crisp white with fish, complex red with steak, inexpensive rosé with… everything — we know the fundamentals when it comes to wine pairings, but once you take us beyond the basics, we’re a bit lost. And since we’ve now got throwing our first dinner party down, we feel ready to up our wine-pairing game so that we can host a veg-friendly affair with confidence. Thankfully, sommelier Andrea Morris was up to the task to help us out. As one of the youngest women to ever pass the Court of Master Sommeliers advanced exam and the current beverage director at NIX, a new vegetarian spot in NYC, we knew she’d be the perfect person to fill us in on what wines to pair with our next vegetarian meal.
1. Lean toward high-acid wines. To make pairing super simple, Andrea suggests always defaulting to a high-acid wine when you’re looking to drink it with veggies, since most veggies are naturally high in acid themselves. Remember: Pair body with body! High-acid doesn’t have to mean a crisp white; in fact, Andrea says “those can be white or red depending on if your vegetables are lighter, like in Caprese salad, or heavier, like in mushroom risotto.” For whites, try a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or a German Riesling. For reds, Barbera or Pinot Noir are good high-acidity go-tos.
2. Think of wine as a condiment. If you’re looking to get a bit more specific with your pairing, Andrea suggests thinking about it like this: “A high-acid white wine is like a fresh squeeze of lemon, while a rich spicy red is like Dijon mustard. Think about what flavor or sensation you’d like to add and let that guide your decision,” Andrea says.
3. Have fun. With all that said, Andrea is all about just drinking what you love, no matter what you’re eating. “There’s no right or wrong way to pair wines with food,” Andrea says. If you’re at a complete loss, she suggests asking the associate at your local wine shop to “steer you in the right direction once you give them a few parameters (white or red, light-medium-bold body, sweet or dry).”
1. For hearty and rich foods: Andrea’s favorite food is mushrooms, and she loves pairing them with a wine that has a little oxidation to it. Wines with a “touch of oxidation” can give them “a little nuttiness, which complements the earthy quality of mushrooms.” Right now she’s loving Lopez de Heredia’s Viña Gravonia Rioja Blanco (Spain, $20) and Domaine de Touraize Savagnin Terres Bleues from Arbois (France, $32).
2. For light and bright meals: If a big, bright salad is your idea of a vegetarian meal (they’re a legit dinner party food on their own, promise!), then Andrea says she likes Punta Crena’s Pigato from Liguria (Italy, $28). She explains that “Pigato is a synonym for Vermentino, a light-bodied white wine from Italy. This one is super savory with a touch of salinity,” which will bring out all those clean flavors in your salad.
3. All-purpose wines: And for those of you who are popping by Whole Foods the day of your dinner party with no plan and need a “no-brainer,” Andrea suggests looking for Austrian wines like Grüner Veltliner for their high-acid and medium-body, or Alsatian wines, as they “tend to have a slightly bitter note at the end that goes well with a variety of green vegetables.” She says any dry Pinot Gris or Riesling would work well too.
What wine do you drink on your veggie nights? Tweet us @BritandCo and let us know which one you’re into!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)