Veganfoodandwine.com was born out of the hope of two friends that more people, especially vegans, can discover the pure joy of properly pairing food and wine, basking in its deliciousness, patting yourself on the back for putting it all together, and being momentarily distracted from this increasingly distressing world.
Catherine “Kip” Dorrell
I’m a self-employed graphic designer, stuff maker, and food writer living South of London, England. My wine experience includes spilling wine on myself in an attempt to drink it.
In 2006 I started messyvegetariancook.com, a food and travel site comprised of anecdotal stories and vegan recipes. Despite my scatterbrained personality and penchant for messiness, I am meticulous about details in food. Only after meeting Gabrielle, however, did I consider that my passion for those particulars could also translate to wine. I have little formal wine training (WSET2), but that doesn’t stop me from pursuing as much information (and wine) as I can imbibe.
When I’m not drinking or cooking, I’m probably either building forts for my cats or engaging in another intentionally pointless activity in a bid to cope with the world. I travel frequently. I used to hate Chardonnay before I got a good talking to, and I now don’t hate Chardonnay (and neither should you). Two of the most memorable wines I’ve tasted are a 2012 Trimbach Riesling Reserve and a sample of Jura Vin Jaune a sommelier slipped me at a wine bar once.
My wine experience includes writing dozens of label blurbs, WSET (hoping to start 4 soon!) working in all aspects of a winery, selling wine, teaching about wine, and drinking wine. I currently work as a wine specialist in Nova Scotia, Canada. My vegan background includes eating vegan food, writing about vegan food, hoarding all of the cookbooks, teaching myself about food and flavours, learning about food and flavours from Kip, and pairing wine with food. While drinking wine and eating food I am also a creative writer and freelance journalist, slave to cats, and anything else that staves off boredom and despair, my most detested entities. My favourite wine to date, sentimentally and technically, is Summerhill Pyramid Winery (Kelowna, British Columbia)’s 2011 Cabernets. I also don’t hate Chardonnay.