Red Wine with Asparagus and Mushrooms #winePW

Roasted asparagus with mushrooms recipe, pairs very well with a red wine. Serve with a steak for a great dinner!

Can a red wine pair with asparagus? Asparagus is a notoriously difficult vegetable to pair with wine. When you do manage to pull off a wine pairing for asparagus, it’s usually a white wine. But for today’s Wine Pairing Weekend (#winePW) event, hosted by Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm, I managed to pair red wine with asparagus.

There are a few tricks that make this pairing work. First, I roast the asparagus, which changes the character of the veggie as it gets caramelized. The asparagus gets roasted with mushrooms, which enhances the earthy aspect of the dish, which gives you a nice element that can bridge to the wine. I also sprinkled a bit of wine-friendly Parmesan cheese on top. This preparation of the asparagus tees it up to work with a red wine, though there are some factors in picking the wine pairing I’ll get to in a moment.

This roasted asparagus with mushrooms is easy to put together. Snap a few asparagus stalks in half to see where the woody stalk to discard ends and the good part begins, then chop the rest of the bunch to match. Toss with mushrooms, olive oil and dried herbs, and roast. The cooking time will very based on thickness of the asparagus. I like it thinner, but the bunches available when I was making this were on the thicker side, so roasting 18 minutes worked well.

roasted asparagus and mushrooms. recipe from Cooking Chat.
The wine pairing geek in me cringes when a restaurant serves up a steak with regular old steamed asparagus. The steak wants a big red wine, but that preparation of asparagus is going to make that a funky pairing. But my roasted asparagus and mushrooms works with red wine, so I served up with a steak. Now that’s a pairing! Time to get to the wine details…

Amphora Kylix red table wine from Dry Creek in Sonoma County. Great bottle for about $20!Wine Pairing: Yes, this roasted asparagus with mushrooms is red wine friendly, but you still need to pick a wine that isn’t particularly tannic. Given that I also had steak on the plate, I wanted something at least medium bodied, but soft on the tannins. I chose the 2009 Amphora Kylix red blend from Dry Creek in Sonoma County. It’s comprised of 50% Cabernet Franc, 40% Malbec, 10% Petite Sirah. I’d previously enjoy several Zinfandels from Amphora, such as the one I served up with this rigatoni and sausage dish.

I get lavender on the nose of this wine, eucalyptus and berry taste. Nice velvety mouthfeel. The wine tasted sweeter and fruitier after a bite of the the roasted asparagus. It definitely worked when I first sampled the wine with just the veggies. As you might suspect, the pairing was even better when I served it with dinner. Steak along with this roasted asparagus was definitely a great pairing with the Kylix!

Now having enjoyed zinfandels and this blend from Amphora, I would definitely encourage you to try their wines! The Kylix blend is a very good quality wine for around $20.

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Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms
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Roasting asparagus along with mushrooms gives it an earthy quality. Makes for a good side dish with steak, and a friendlier pairing for red wine than steamed asparagus.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3 servings
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dried tarragon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Prep the asparagus: remove the coarse woody stock, typically about the bottom half of the asparagus spear. Chop the remaining tip portions into 2 inch pieces. Add to a roasting pan.
  3. Add the mushrooms to the pan, then toss the mushrooms and asparagus with the olive oil.
  4. Add the garlic powder, tarragon, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  5. Place the asparagus into the oven. Roast until the asparagus is tender and starting to brown. This will take 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how thick your asparagus is.
  6. Remove from oven, sprinkle with the option cheese. Serve along with a steak or other protein, and a glass of red wine!

Just take a look at what this wonderful group has planned to meet this month’s #winePW challenge.  Spring veggies can work nicely with wine, see for yourself!

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Red Wine with Asparagus and Mushrooms by Cooking Chat

Spring Hopes: Asparagus and Rosé by Food Wine Click

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Spring Fling with Greek Pizza and Wine by Confessions of a Culinary Diva

Spring Flavors with Hungarian Pinot Grigio by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Welcoming Spring with #WinePW by Rockin Red Blog

Winter’s Hill Pinot Blanc and Warm Arugula, Bacon and Asparagus Salad by Tasting Pour

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If you are catching this post early enough, you can join our live Twitter Chat on Saturday, April 11, at 11 a.m. ET, via the Twitter hashtag #winePW. If you’ve come to us after April 11, consider joining us for #winePW 12 on Saturday, May 9.


  1. says

    This a a great idea and brave choice. I will definitely be throwing some mushrooms in next time I roast asparagus. This would also be good over homemade pasta, maybe with some bacon tossed in. Yum.

  2. says

    Great pairing David…and a great idea to “convert” asparagus from a white wine compatible to red wine compatible by roasting, and adding the mushrooms and parm! Your blend sound like one I’d like. I’m a big fan of Cab Franc which as you know can add some earthy and “green” notes to a wine. Bravo!

  3. says

    Great idea to roast mushrooms along with the asparagus. I’m going to try your recipe tomorrow night along with grilled grass-fed trip-tip and roasted yukon gold potatoes. I always learn so much from the #winePW posts!

  4. says

    When I read the title of this post I was incredulous, but you’ve convinced me that it works. And now I too am thinking about the restaurants that pair the steamed asparagus with the steaks and wishing they read this post too, ha ha. This red sounds like my cuppa since I love Cab Franc and Petite Sirah. I’ll have to keep my eye out for it.

    • Cooking Chat says

      Steamed asparagus with steak just doesn’t make sense to me! But roasting and adding some cheese can definitely tie it in nicely with red wine.


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