Veg Out with these Wine and Vegetable Pairings

Here's the ultimate playbook for scoring—and savoring—a springtime bounty at your local farm stands.

With winter in the rearview mirror, greenmarkets are finally coming back to life. This is something to celebrate. To help you get back in the legume game, our Entertaining & Lifestyle Editors Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen designed the ultimate playbook for scoring—and savoring—a springtime bounty at your local farm stands.


Be on the lookout for the first green vegetables of spring like asparagus, ramps, artichokes, fava beans, peas and pea shoots. Tip: Arrive early.  Hip, locavore restaurant chefs often pick a farmer’s market clean of the more eccentric offerings by 10 a.m.


There are a multitude of wonderful cookbooks based on seasonal eating. One of our favorites is Terry Walterʾs Clean Food (Sterling Epicure, 2012) whose subtitle, “A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source,” pretty much says it all.


Although there are some exceptions, white wines are the safest bet with springtime produce. Sauvignon Blanc is ideal with asparagus, as the tropical fruit and herbal notes of the wine pick up the bright grassy flavor of the tender stalks. The mineral notes of Cava go well with earthy artichokes or fava beans, and zesty Albariño will hold up to the fresh flavors of peas or ramps.

Published on March 7, 2013
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Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen are Wine Enthusiast's Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors. DeSimone tastes wine from Israel and the Mediterranean Basin, while Jenssen tastes wine from Eastern Europe, including the former the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Both co-authored Wines of California, Wines of the Southern Hemisphere, and The Fire Island Cookbook. Wine educators and presenters, both gentlemen serve as frequent guests on national and local television. Email:

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