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Old 07-07-2018, 08:50 AM   #1
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Cooking wine question

I know this topic had been rehashed many times. I also know the general consensus is to choose a wine you enjoy drinking when selecting one to use for cooking.

Problem I have is I dont enjoy drinking wine. When I taste wine, I see it as an ingredient, not a beverage ( just me, but thats the way it is).

Therefore, when I go into a wine store to select something to use for cooking, Im faced with an endless selection ( from floor to ceiling) of wines.

Years ago, I had an over abundance of kiwi's, and made kiwi wine. I used that for cooking over the years, but my supply finally ran out. I am now faced with restocking my ' cooking wine cellar'.

My question is, if you were me, which wines, alcoholic beverages would you keep on hand to use for cooking? Dont worry about the vegetarian thing, Im just curious what you guys have on hand for cooking purposes. ( and I know to stay away from the crap labeled 'cooking wine' in the grocery store.

The more specific, the better.

Thanks

( I usually use various wines/ alcohol for different gravies, pasta dishes, red sauces, Onion soup, marinades ...., just to give an idea )

**Only thing I have in the house now is Vodka, and Rice wine**

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Old 07-07-2018, 08:56 AM   #2
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Since you don't like to drink wine, you probably don't want to buy anything that comes in a large bottle. I would suggest something like Mondavi Woodbridge Pinot Grigio. It's a simple wine, inexpensive, and, best of all, you can buy it in a 4-pack of single serving bottles - the perfect size to keep on hand for cooking. It has a shelf life of about 2 years.

And if you do choose to drink it, it ain't terrible.

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Old 07-07-2018, 09:10 AM   #3
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I agree with Steve..

I don't drink wine either but, I most always have a 4pak of a red and a white on hand for cooking purposes..


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Old 07-07-2018, 09:33 AM   #4
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I agree also, and I would suggest also keeping a four-pack of Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon on hand for reds.
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Since you don't like to drink wine, you probably don't want to buy anything that comes in a large bottle. I would suggest something like Mondavi Woodbridge Pinot Grigio. It's a simple wine, inexpensive, and, best of all, you can buy it in a 4-pack of single serving bottles - the perfect size to keep on hand for cooking. It has a shelf life of about 2 years.

And if you do choose to drink it, it ain't terrible.

+1 and we usually split with 2 reds and 2 whites. Then there are times when we make something that requires 1 or more 750ml bottles. For cooking purposes we have sherry, marsala, madiera, shaoxing (which reminds me of a dry sherry), mirin, vodka, cognac and rum on hand. We'll buy what a recipe calls for if we don't have it on hand and prefer gewurztraminer for French onion soup.
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Old 07-07-2018, 09:45 AM   #6
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Great, I appreciate the quick replies.
Any other suggestions, keep them coming.

Secret between you and me, I always take a quick swig of the wine i am using , before I use it, just to get an idea of what im working with
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:14 AM   #8
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I like sweet and dry vermouth and Dry Sack sherry for cooking. Pinot Grigio for drinking.
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:19 AM   #9
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I keep a bottle of dry vermouth for cooking or just steal some of SO's chardonnay.
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I would suggest leaving out the glass of wine to drink, but use wine to flavour what you're going what you're going to make. When you heat wine, the alcohol, evaporates the alcohol, leaving the taste milder.

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