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Food & Wine Friday: Cooking With Wine

This Week In Food 101: Grape Tips for Cooking With Wine

Are you considering cooking with wine? Are you not sure where to start? Maybe you’re in need of a little advice. Well, we’d like to help. Consider the following 7 grape tips when cooking with wine,

Tip #1: Cook with wines you’ll drink, cook with the TYPE or VARIETAL of wine you’ll be serving at your meal AND avoid using “cooking wines”. You wouldn’t cook with “cheap” ingredients so don’t cook with “cheap” wine. Look for wines priced from 10 to 20 dollars because they deliver the most bang for the buck.

Tip #2: Note the flavors found in the type of wine you’re considering cooking with and look to add these flavors to dishes that contain these ingredients. For example,

  • In Red wine you may find – berries, cocoa, dark fruits, minerals and various spices.
  • In White wine you may find – stone fruits, butter, citrus, honey and vanilla.


Tip #3: Match the foods boldness the wines boldness. Matching your food and wines flavor boldness will allow them to complement each other. Why? Consider this. Boldly flavored foods will most likely overpower the flavors of a lighter wine, while a boldly flavored wine will most likely overpower the flavors of a lightly flavored dish. 

Tip #4: When cooking with meat and wine, observe the following: white (wine) for light meat and red (wine) for dark meat. For example: Consider the following when cooking with wine and meat:

  • Use Red wine with – beef, duck, game, goose and pasta.
  • Use White wine with – chicken, ham, seafood and turkey.
  • Lamb and pork are unique because both work well with either white or red wine.


Tip #5: Wine is great for basting, marinating, sautéing and as a replacement for water when a recipe calls for it. REMEMBER, w hen sautéing with wine, mix it with a little oil and make sure the wine does not boil or it will lose its flavor.

Tip #6: Add sweet wines like port and sherry to dessert recipes. Whether in a cake or as a topping for ice cream, the sugars in sweeter wines will enhance your wine and dessert experience.

Tip #7: Experiment! This will only make you a better wine cook. Note the characteristics like the flavors, the sweetness, the acidity, that’s found in the wines you use and how they affect each dish you prepare.

As always, we encourage you to have fun! Enjoy the process, learn from it and improve on it. There are few, if any, downsides to incorporating wine into more areas of your life, always in moderation of course. For more helpful tips like this, along with grape certified wine ratings, red and white wine reviews, and food and wine pairings visit the grape. Thanks for watching and we look forward to wining with you at Cheers!


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