More than 85% of adults have drunk alcohol at some point in their lives. Not only is it good for the heart, but it can also reduce your risk of diabetes (assuming that you’re drinking moderately, of course).

And it’s great for cooking too. For example, you can use wine as a flavor enhancer. That’s not all, you can also use it to tenderize meat in marinades.

Interested? Thinking of giving cooking wine a try? If so, you’re at the right place.

We’ll be going over everything that you need to know about how to cook with wine below. Keep reading to learn more!

Consider the Type of Wine 

The type of wine matters when you’re cooking with wine. For example, you never want to cook with a dessert wine as they’re very high in sugar. Take Riesling, for example, it can contain anywhere from 6-14 grams of sugar per 5-ounce serving.

What’ll happen if you cook with it? The alcohol will evaporate, leaving you with an overpowering amount of sugar—so it’s best to avoid them unless you want sweetness in the final dish.

For instance, you can use them to make desserts such as truffles, brownies, or ice cream.

Marinating Meat With Red Wine 

Combine one cup of red wine with 3/4 cup of olive oil in a bowl. Mix in 2 tablespoons of diced onions, one teaspoon of rosemary, one tablespoon of lemon juice, and one teaspoon of salt and pepper.

Pour the mixture into a large plastic bag and add your meat. Once it’s inside, turn the bag several times to mix the marinade.

Seal the bag and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours. Be careful not to over-marinate the meat, otherwise, it’ll turn mushy.

Tip: You can make a sauce with the leftover marinade liquid. Simply cook it in a saucepan until it’s thickened. From there, you can spoon it over your meat.

Making a Creamy Sauce With White Wine 

Melt 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add one cup of heavy whipping cream and 3/4 cup of white wine.

Mix in 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of dried parsley and cook over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer the sauce until thickened.

If desired, you can also add 1/4 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese.

Serve with pasta or you can drizzle the sauce over baked chicken, salmon, or vegetables like asparagus or roasted broccoli.

Using Cooking Wine in the Kitchen 

As you can see, there are several ways that you can use cooking wine. Not only is it great for marinating, but you can use it to make different sauces as well. If anything, you just need the right wine!

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