When your recipe calls for wine, what do you use?
First of all, let’s get the obvious initial thought of using cooking wine out of the way.
Please do NOT use that cooking wine that you find at your grocery store, no matter what.
This type of cooking wine has been severely processed with amazingly high amounts of salt and additives – it will, unfortunately, ruin your meal.
Your selected recipe deserves the proper wine to allow your taste buds to thank your decision.
Some long-standing advice from chefs and wine connoisseurs has been to cook with wine you would drink. You can prove them right or wrong, but have fun doing it!
Create your meal with joy and relaxation so you can intuitively appreciate and enjoy the wine that you chose to flavor with.
"The main thing is to have a gutsy approach and use your head." – Julia Child
Keep it simple and try not to overthink your choice of vino.
When recipes call for a red or white wine without a hint for the meal, then all you have to do is experiment. Stay committed to the recipe! Don’t skip to another one that looks easier.
Most recipes want to give you the freedom to choose for your own palate, so please don’t be intimidated by that.
You will also come across recipes that have specific wine recommendations – and they are a pretty safe bet – unless they state a “cooking wine” as we mentioned in the beginning.
Helpful Tips for Choosing a Wine to Cook With
If your dish calls for red wine, start with some basic reds that contain low tannins such as a Pinot Noir, Burgundy or Merlot.
This is because the higher the tannins, the more you risk your dish turning out to be too bitter to tame.
The longer the wine is cooked with your meal, the less alcohol “taste” will be detected. This goes for whites or reds. Your level of cooking with wine will evolve into an art, your palate will guide you to gratitude each time.
If your dish calls for white wine, choose dry and remember that white wines already contain low tannin levels.
Your dish will highly approve of white Bordeaux, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, or a dry Riesling.
Select any wine containing recipe and have fun with it!
"The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It’s doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile." – Julia Child