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6 Tips for Cooking With Wine

Have you ever wanted to learn how to cook with wine like a pro? And no, we are not talking about the wine you sip as you cook! Cooking with wine can spice up a dish and provide a bountiful of flavors, as long as you do it right! Gathered are 6 helpful tips so that you can start cooking with wine and concocting mouthwatering dishes that will surely impress your friends:

  1. Does the recipe list dry white wine? Rather than going for a Chardonnay, go for an American Sauvignon Blanc. This will allow you to taste the herbal tilts of the wine and will complement nearly any dish.
  2. Are you preparing a spicy dish? If so, go for an aromatic white wine. These include Riesling, Viognier, and Gewurztraminer. The fruity and floral aromas will perfectly balance the spice to the dish with the aromas.
  3. Does the recipe list dry red wine? If you will be preparing a hearty dish, try a Zinfandel or Petite Syrah. Anything lighter deserves a Pinot Noir or Chianti.
  4. Port, Sherry, Marsala, and Madeira are all some of the most useful cooking wines to have on hand at all times. They will last long in your pantry and can be used in a variety of dishes to intensify the flavor of the dish.
  5. If a wine is labeled cooking wine, skip it. They are made from the cheapest quality of wine and have additives that do not complement the cooking process as they suggest.
  6. Taste it – If you would not drink it, why would you cook with it?

Check out the California Jazz & Wine Festival blog for more fun filled wine facts!

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