Wine is an important part of the culinary experience. A perfectly-paired glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Pinor Noir can take your meal from tasty to spectacular. But wine isn’t just for drinking with dinner; it is an integral ingredient in many dishes. Learning how to cook with wine is an important skill. Here are some tips on how to cook with wine:
How To Cook With Wine
- Red wine for cooking: The four best red wines to cook with are Madeira, Marsala, Sherry, and Port. If you are only going to get to know a few red cooking wines, these are the ones to know. Each wine has a different quality that will lend different flavors to your recipe. Madeira is a lush wine that possess toffee-like tones, and is fantastic for sauteed mushrooms. Marsala is known for light notes of caramel and is a key ingredient in sauteed Mediterranean dishes. These dishes are often so indebted to the flavor of this wine that they are named after it, like the delicious Chicken Marsala, to name just one. Sherry is nutty and complex and enhances soups and stews. Finally, Port is sweet and deep and goes perfectly with meat.
- White wine for cooking: No matter what recipe calls for a dry white wine, you can always turn to a high quality Sauvignon Blanc. This dry wine complements almost every dish, and will lend your recipes a refreshing light herbal flavor. However, if the dish you are creating is particularly bold or spicy, you should select an aromatic white instead. Some aromatic whites with exotic armoas and fruity flavors are Riesling, Viognier, and Gewurztraminer.
When cooking with wine, it’s important to ask yourself, “Would I drink this wine?” If a wine isn’t suitable for you to drink, than it is probably not suitable to cook with. For example, it is probably best to stay away with wines that claim to be specifically made for cooking. A low quality wine can spell disaster for an otherwise lovely dish.
- “Cooking With Wine”, Cooking Light