Tips For Cooking With Wine



Wine can be used for more than just a social beverage. Cooking with wine can enhance the taste of your dish! From dinner entrees to marinades, sauces, and even desserts, wine can take your cuisine to the next level. If this is your first time cooking with wine, here are a few tips to get you started.

First things first: choose a wine that you would want to drink (1). You wouldn’t cook with an ingredient you didn’t enjoy the taste of, right? Also, start off with well-known wines with subtle flavors.

White wines (2)

  • Go with a chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc

  • Combines well with chicken, turkey, or seafood

  • Makes for a good herb and light cream sauces

  • Great add-on for dishes that include melons, apples, pineapples, pears, citrus, vanilla, caramel, olives, and mushrooms

Red wines (2)

  • Try Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Sauvignon, or Chanti

  • Cooks well with beef, duck, lamb, wild game meats, and pasta dishes

  • Great add-on for dishes that contain berries, peaches, currants, plums, cherries, oranges, chocolate, and coffee

Now, let’s get cooking! Wine is best used when simmered along with food or sauces to enhance flavor. While the wine cooks, it reduces and becomes an extract of flavors. If wine is added towards the end of preparation, it can impart a harsh taste and quality to the dish. Here are ways to use wine in your recipes (3).

  • Replace some portion of the water, vinegar, broth, or fruit juice in a recipe with wine

  • Add to marinades

  • Use a splash to flavor soups, stews, and grain dishes

  • Poach fruit with wine and add spices and nuts for more flavor

  • Mix wine with oil for basting meats or vegetables

  • Braise or poach meats and vegetables in wine