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Old 03-05-2006, 04:50 PM   #1
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What Kind Of White Wine Do You Use?

For those of you that cook with wine. I'm really starting to like using wine. It adds a great flavor! I'd like to know what you guys use, and whether or not cheap wine is any different from expensive wine when it comes to cooking.

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Old 03-05-2006, 04:58 PM   #2
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I havent noticed a difference between cheap or expensive wines. General rule of thumb for me is if I like to drink the wine then I will cook with it. I prefer dry white wine.
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Old 03-05-2006, 05:23 PM   #3
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I use whatever wine I have onhand. If I know I need a bottle of red to make a beef stew, I do tend to buy a cheaper red wine. But if I only need 1 cup of white wine for a sauce, etc., I just use what I have open.
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Old 03-05-2006, 05:46 PM   #4
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I'm just learning wines, and which I do and don't like. I do like a Chardonnay for cooking and sipping.
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I'll use a dry Sauvignon Blanc, Fume Blanc, or Chablis 90% of the time. However if I'm cooking Italian I'll try to use a Pinot Grigio or Italian Chardonnay. The other 10% of the time will be recipe specific i.e. a Sherry, Champagne, Riesling, etc.

I generally don't prefer California Chards unless there's nothing else available because of the big oakiness that the majority of them tend to have. Chards from Australia, New Zealand, South America, etc. tend to be more minerally so becareful when using those as well.

If you're looking for a specific price range, I would say that anything in the $10-15 range would be fine for normal, everyday cooking. Of course you should try the wine as well, and if you don't like the taste you may not like it in your food either.
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Old 03-05-2006, 06:32 PM   #6
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IC, one thing I'm learning is that I like the Italian wines.
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I use Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc to cook chicken and fish recipes. It gives dishes a distinct crisp taste.
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Old 03-05-2006, 07:10 PM   #8
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Paul and I don't drink a lot of wine... hardly any. So, I buy (don't laugh!!) wine in a box to use for cooking. It lasts forever and seems to be ok taste wise.
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Old 03-05-2006, 07:52 PM   #9
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PDS - I'm not laughing AT all - that's what I cook with. I like to drink different wines than I cook with. The boxed wines are PERFECT for coooking. I'll upload a picture of how I keep mine when I can find the cord that goes from the computer to the camera It's lost in the sea of wires!

I use Chardonnay or Chablis and Burgundy - these do most cooking duties.
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Old 03-05-2006, 07:54 PM   #10
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Paul and I don't drink a lot of wine... hardly any. So, I buy (don't laugh!!) wine in a box to use for cooking. It lasts forever and seems to be ok taste wise.
Yep - that's exactly what I do - buy the box-o-wine for cooking. Works great for me. I'm not laughin' at ya but maybe everyone else is laughing at us. It's nice not to be alone, hunh?!
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