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Old 07-27-2006, 05:39 PM   #21
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Best rule of thumb is, if you like it enough to drink it, then you should cook with it.

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Old 07-27-2006, 06:07 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by amber
Best rule of thumb is, if you like it enough to drink it, then you should cook with it.
I'd go with that, although the better the wine, the better the food.
I wouldn't cook with "cooking wine" - it's akin to putting kerosene on your cornflakes.
Having said that (Did I just say that?? ), I don't think I'd ever cook with a Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Grand Crû Classé either, unless it had been donated for a Gala Dinner with the Queen, the King of Spain and Angelina Jolie.

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Old 07-28-2006, 03:58 AM   #23
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I always freeze the remants of a bottle of of wine that may be left after a meal... The icecubes can be added to any stew/casserole etc. It means that dishes often have a mixture of wines in them, but for many dishes, that doesn't matter!
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Old 07-28-2006, 08:05 AM   #24
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I discovered something a few months ago and wondered why I never noticed this before. When I open a bottle of wine for cooking I don't always drink the whole bottle so I have to throw some of it out if it sits more than 2 wks. in my fridge. In a recent trip to the supermarket I happened to notice in the wine section (on a high shelf of course) bottles of good chardonnay, merlot, and cabernet in little bottles - about 1 glass full. They come in a little six-paks and I find that these are just enough for a recipe, maybe 2. No waste.
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Old 07-28-2006, 08:17 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by cliveb
I'd go with that, although the better the wine, the better the food.

The attributes that make wine "better" are lost through the cooking process, though. You can't taste the difference between a $10 bottle and a $40 bottle in cooking but you (usually) sure can when you are drinking it.

Especailly is a recipe where you are adding wine more for its alcohol than for it's flavor.

I'd open up a bottle of lesser stuff before I'd cook with a really nice wine.

P.S. Like Ishbel says NEVER throw away wine!! FREEZE IT to use for cooking later!!

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