Learn to Cook with Wine

Published on July 25, 2007

Being able to cook with wine is like drinking with it-it adds another dimension to the mix. In order to have a more vibrant experience with your food, you could simply try cooking with wine in order to accentuate and improve the textures of the various recipes that you already know of. The end result will be a very unique experience for your palate and is sure to be the beginning of one's discovery of the many different ways you can bring wine into the mix.

One of the most important things that you need to learn about cooking with wine is deciding on what wine to use. Even though you could be a novice in this particular area, it would be a safe bet to simply cook with a wine that you yourself would drink. It is simply the alcohol that will diminish during the cooking process and not the poor quality or the undesirable flavor.

There have been several wines which have been released to be especially made for cooking. These are the so-called cooking wines and from an experienced chef's point of view, this will simply not do. These types of cooking wines have a tendency to taste cheap, salty and will most often incorporate several additional spices or herbs which otherwise should not  be included.

The crux of the matter is, with "cooking wines", they do little to enhance the tastes of your recipe. Because of this, you should only spend your money with a type of wine that you would normally drink with the meal itself. If you really simply want to include an ultra cheap wine (let's say $5), then you will only be disappointed with the end result of the recipe after you've added the wine. If you seriously do not have a budget for the wine, then consider forgoing the wine altogether. It's better to have a normal tasting dish rather than a wine-drenched recipe which is absolutely no one would like to touch much less eat.

An important rule to remember when you're cooking with wine is that the experience should be something worthwhile and most of all, fun. When you're already eating the food, you should be able to look back and tell yourself that your food tastes great because of the amount of care and the hint of liveliness that you've put in your food through the wine that you used. If you're just a beginner, don't be daunted by the task of including wine in your recipes.

You can add a bold red wine like Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon in your spaghetti recipe or maybe a light Chardonnay in your creamy Alfredo Chicken recipe. The choice is really up to you. If you're unsure as to what type or how much wine you need to add, simply do some research and experiment on your own. Ask around. Sooner or later, you'll get the right combination that will have you including wine in as many recipes as you possible can.

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