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How To Add Wine In Your Dinner Recipes

How To Add Wine In Your Dinner Recipes

Jonas Muthoni

Drinking wine in moderation can provide several health benefits. Red wine, for example, can prevent vision loss and colon cancer, and keep your blood vessels and blood pressure healthy. White wine, on the other hand, is known to contain high levels of antioxidants that can help your cells and heart to function properly, as well as decrease bad cholesterol in your body.


Drinking a glass of wine is already a great and healthy experience, but are you aware that you can also incorporate this drink to some of your favorite dishes?  Do you know that there are actually a lot of ways on how you can cook using different types of wines? Adding wine to various recipes will surely make your usual meals more flavorful and exciting. Plus, this will encourage you to become more creative with your meal preparation efforts.


Take note of the following tips when adding wine to your dinner recipes:


  1. Choose The Right Kind Of Wine 


There are different types of wine being sold in the market today. Regardless of your budget and alcohol tolerance, it’ll be very easy for you to find a bottle that fits the bill. However, when cooking, the said factors shouldn’t only be your sole consideration. Because wines are traditionally made for drinking, keep in mind that not all varieties work well when added to meals.


When choosing a wine to add to your dinner recipe, look for a bottle of dry white wine that has higher acidity. Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and other dry sparkling wines are great ingredients to any dinner recipe because these have bright citrus and green apple flavors. You can use online sources, such as, to know which recipes taste even better with wine.


Fuller white wines, namely Chardonnays, don’t work well when used for cooking. This variety has lower acidity and doesn’t contain any flavor, unlike crisper wines. Fuller white wines will only turn bitter once added to your dishes.

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  1. Cook With A Wine That You’re Confident To Drink


If you’re going to cook with wines for the first time, make sure that you’re choosing a bottle that you’re confident drinking or serving with food. Do not add wines labeled as “cooking wines” to any of your dinner recipes as these have high levels of additives and salt, and can potentially lessen the natural flavors of your dishes. These types of wines can also pose serious health risks, especially when used in excessive amounts.


To stay on the safe side, start adding a basic white wine to your dinner recipes. You can use Sauvignon Blanc as your sauce when making skillet chicken or creamy mushroom soups. You can also try out Italian chicken pasta in creamy white wine sauce or white wine rosemary chicken.


  1. Pay Attention To The Quantity


Incorporating wine to your dinner recipes is a great way to add refreshing and unique flavors to your everyday meals. However, for you to satisfy your taste buds, it’s important that you pay attention to the amount of wine you add to your dishes. Adding too little will make it hard for you to identify the presence of the ingredient, while adding too much can make the dish too strong or overpowering.


When adding wine to your dinner recipes, treat it like seasoning. Start with small amounts, then gradually add more wine if you think the ingredient isn’t evident in the recipe. Avoid putting too much wine on your first try as you can never take it back, and this can potentially ruin your recipe.


  1. Substitute Water With Wine In Any Recipe


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One of the easiest ways of adding wine to your dinner recipes is by using it as a water substitute. If you’re going to prepare a pasta dish and will require water for its sauce, use white wine instead. You can also do the same for soups, noodles, and marinades.


Aside from adding a different flavor, wine can provide moisture to all of your dinner recipes. Wines can keep the meat juicy and flavorful, something that water can’t do on its own.


Keep Any Leftovers


Aside from knowing the recipes that go well with your favorite bottle of wine, it’s also important that you know how to properly store any leftovers. For your leftover wine, make sure to store them and keep them refrigerated all the time. If you already consumed more than half of the bottle, pour the remaining amount into a clean half bottle, tightly seal it with a cork, then store it in your refrigerator. Without any space on top, your leftover wine can last for another month.


All these pieces of information can help you save money, and help you create more recipes using wine as often as you want to.



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