The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Harmonious wine & vegan cheese pairing a new first

Harmonious wine & vegan cheese pairing a new first

The New Zealand Vegan Society hosted its first Vegan Cheese and Wine Pairing Event on August 10, setting a new standard for gastronomic exploration, by introducing the world of plant-based cheeses to the art of wine pairing.

Held at Auckland’s vibrant Kind Cafe in Morningside, attendees were treated to a combination of flavours, history, and education.

The spotlight focussed on the winners of the Vegan Cheese Awards with an array of cheeses, each boasting distinctive characteristics, meticulously matched with a selection of wines that complemented and enhanced their flavours. Sonntag ‘Cumin Gouda” won the supreme award.

The presence of Gilmour’s, who sponsored a variety of wines, added an extra layer of sophistication to the event.

Chef Jasbir Kaur guided guests through the intricacies of flavour profiles, textures, and aromas. Attendees were encouraged to engage their senses, drawing connections between the complexities of vegan cheese and the nuanced notes of wine.

It was an experience that not only indulged the palate but also enriched the mind. Chef Kaur, renowned for her innovative approach to plant-based cuisine, curated a menu that paired award-winning vegan cheeses with a selection of wines, resulting in a harmonious marriage of tastes and aromas.

“With an impressive line-up of nine cheeses, seven wines, and a non-alcoholic wine option, the event catered to a diverse audience, transcending dietary preferences, and celebrating culinary artistry,”

As the culinary landscape in New Zealand continues to evolve, events like these not only tantalize the taste buds but also challenge conventional norms, encouraging us all to explore the uncharted territories of flavours, textures, and aromas. The Vegan Cheese and Wine Pairing Event stands as a testament to innovation, collaboration, and the power of culinary curiosity, inviting us all to savour the art of plant-based dining.

Vegan Cheese Award Winners 2023

Supreme Winner

Sonntag ‘Cumin Gouda Style’

Commercial Cheddar

Winner: Epic ‘Smoked Cheddar’

Runner Up: Angel Food ‘Smoked Cheddar’

Flavoured Cheese

Winner: Savour ‘Chipotle’

Joint Runners Up:-

Savour ‘Ash’

Savour ‘Mint’


Winner: Nu Dairy

Runner Up: Zenzo

Surface Ripened

Winner: Savour ‘Cashbert’

Runner Up: Let Them Eat Vegan; ‘Creamy Camembert’


Winner: Zenzo

Runner Up: One Love Planet ‘The Greek’

Cream Cheese

Winner: Grater Goods ‘Garlic and Herb’.

Angel Food ‘Cream Cheese’

Nu Dairy ‘Cream Cheese’

Soft Cheese

Winner: Savour ‘Chipotle’

Runner Up: High Culture ‘Buche Provençal Garlic and Fine Herb’


Winner: Sonntag ‘Cumin Gouda Style’

Runner Up: One Love Planet ‘Smoked Gaudi’

Artisan Cheddar

Winner: One Love Planet “Drunken Irish Cheddar”

No Runner Up

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