The Vegetarian Valentine’s Day for $10 or less plus a recipe for a sexy little munch

Ah, a loaf of bread a jug of wine and thou. How romantic. But it will be a lot less romantic if that jug of wine is not vegetarian and your sweetie is.

No worries, I've got some wine recommendations that are perfect.

Perfect in that they are vegetarian. And, in today's economy, even more perfect in that they are all cheap. And, to totally complete your day, I've got a sexy little recipe that is perfect to have with your wine.

Consider it my vegetarian Valentine's Day gift to you!

Vegetarian wine
Now, the problem with wine is that it uses clarifying agents to get rid of any murky residue. And sometimes these clarifying agents are animal-based, such as gelatin. And, what's worse, is you have no way of knowing what clarifying agent was used because it is not on the label. (I explained all this in much greater detail in this earlier post.)

So what's the solution? To only buy wines that say they are vegetarian or vegan. And the easiest way to do that is to buy wine from a winery that specializes in vegetarian or vegan wines.

A vegetarian winery
Welcome to Yellow Tail, a winery whose line of red wines is entirely vegetarian (but please note, this does not apply to their white wines as these all use gelatin as their clarifying agent). And what could be more appropriate and romantic for Valentine's than a red wine, I ask you?

And, even better, these wines tend to cost less than $10. Sure, you're not getting a bottle you will talk about for the rest of your lives for that price. But you are getting a reasonable Saturday afternoon cuddle-and-imbibe wine without breaking the diet or the bank.

A wine for every taste
These are the seven types of wines Yellow Tail offers. Simply pick the one that sounds the most luscious to you!
  • Cabernet - Merlot: This is a bold wine which smells like blackberries and has an spicy undertone
  • Shiraz: An earthy little wine, it tastes of vanilla and spice shot through with cherries and strawberries
  • Merlot: This smooth wine tastes like sunshine and ripe plums
  • Pinot Noir: Think earthy raspberries and cherries with the scent of coffee and chocolate
  • Shiraz - Cabernet: We've got those wonderful cassis, plum, and raspberry notes with a delicate touch of mint and chocolate
  • Cabernet Sauvignon: Blackberry, chocolate, and vanilla combine in this assertive wine
  • Shiraz - Grenache: Peppery raspberries with a dash of spice
And a vegetarian recipe to go with your wine
Well, sure, you're going to need a little munch to go with your wine, so here's a recipe for a sexy little treat I got from an old issue of Bon Appétit. (Sexy? Sure! Someone is going to have to lick those fingers clean!)

Vegetarian recipe for Olives Baked in Red Wine
1 cup unpitted Kalamata olives or other brine-cured black olives
1/2 cup dry red wine
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds, coarsely crushed
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine olives, wine, fennel seeds, sliced garlic and olive oil in small baking dish. Bake uncovered until olives are heated through, about 20 minutes. Cool slightly. Serve olives warm.

Happy Vegetarian Valentines Day!