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I run a small wine group made up of relative wine novices from work.  Over the course of the last couple of years, we've managed to have some wine/food pairings that have shown the group how food and wine can both make each other better.  Unfortunately, most of these have involved meat and we do have one vegan person in the group.  So I was wondering if anyone knows any vegan dishes that they think are a great match with a particular wine.  If you have a recipe for the particular dish, that would be great too.

Thanks in advance.

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Echoing most:

There are many great vegan or vegan-possible (eg. The reccomended porkless ma-po tofu) Asian dishes. Frequently these dishes are spicy — not necessarily too “hot” — but loaded with Asian spices (and sometimes at least a little Asian chili as well).  Off-dry Rieslings and Gewurztraminers are great pairings here, provided the dishes aren’t super hot. Also, Champagne is marvelous and may actually be my favorite pairing for Asian dishes low on the Scoville meter. Champagne with veggie tempura is a classic pairing.

Also would echo the mushroom idea. Another mushroom preparation thought: grilled Oyster mushrooms and King Trumpet mushrooms are outstanding. Mushrooms, generally, are super-versatile. With those, Pinot/Burgundy, Cru Beaujolais, dry and off-dry Central European whites (maybe not Gruner), white Rioja, white Rhone, Italian and Slovenian “orange” wines are all great pairings. 

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