Welcome to Vino for Veggies! The vegetarian food and wine blog dedicated to vegans, vegetarians, pescetarians, and those that just like to take a break from meat once in a while.
I decided to develop this site after finding very little information dedicated to wine pairings for vegetarian meals. Those that I did find were usually created by meat eaters. While this makes little difference in cheeses and most Italian foods, it makes a huge difference in something like sweet potato spinach quesadillas (a specialty of my wife’s that will be featured on this site the next time she makes it). I also found equal frustration when visiting wine review blogs or reading wine magazines. I would read a wine review that sounded tempting, but only to see at the end that the wine critic recommend pairing it with Filet Mignon with Dices of Foie Gras and Mixed Mushrooms (wow, they’re going for three different meats with that one—where’s the greens?).
This blog will offer wine education and pairing tips from a vegetarian for vegetarians. This site will not judge any individual’s reason for being a vegetarian or interest in vegetarian food and wine pairings. Some people become vegetarian for ethical reasons, some for health reasons, and some for environmental reasons. Others might still eat meat and/or fish, but like to have a balanced dietary lifestyle. These are all good reason to visit Vino for Veggies.
In addition to wine education and pairing tips, this blog will provide tasty—sometimes innovative—recipes, wine reviews, vegetarian and wine related book reviews, restaurant and wine bar reviews from around NYC, and many other fun food and wine related “stuff”—all from a vegetarian’s perspective.
Finally, I would like to make wine as unpretentious and approachable as possible. I have never bought a bottle of wine that has cost me more than fifty dollars and rarely drink wines that cost more than twenty. I will truly make an effort to focus on high quality value wines as well as talk about wine in a fun and relaxing way.
So, please site back, have a glass of wine, and learn how wine can make not eating meat even more enjoyable.
Jon “VanVino” VanOeveren