For most of us, a glass of wine is simply a good drink. However, wine isn’t limited to the drinking world. It has become an important ingredient in the culinary scene, let’s start cooking with wine.
Enjoying wine is not only about drinking it from a glass, bottle or even a bucket. Wine has branched out into different realms, and bringing its culinary past into the spotlight, it has found itself as ingredient in many food dishes.
Cooking with wine is not a new concept, it has always been a culinary tradition since ancient Greek times. But it is only nowadays, when the modern trends have brought the health benefits of wine into the spotlight, that people are rediscovering the delights of cooking with wine.
Choosing Between Red Wine and White Wine
Red wines are best at bringing out the colors and essences of the food. They add dryness and make dishes less sugary and sweet. Following popular wisdom about wine pairing, red wine should be used for dishes containing red meat or lots of vegetables. While red wine enhances flavor, white wine adjusts or alters it.
White wine adds an acidic note to your dish making it tangier or sourer. It basically highlights the sharpness of a dish. White wines are ideal for chicken or fish.
Fundamentals about Cooking with Wine Everyone Should Know
Like any other ingredient you need to understand how and when is wine used in cooking. Knowing how wine works in a dish and the techniques for using it is part of the fundamentals. Here are the basics you are better off remembering:
- The wine you use in cooking must be drinkable; Use wines that you would drink and enjoy as is.
- Don’t use wines labelled as cooking wines, which tend to be salty and poor quality, if you want to truly savor your dish and wine.
- Not using cooking wine does not mean you have to use expensive wines. However, plan ahead and buy accordingly.
- Fortified wines such as Sherry, or Madeira are great for cooking.
- Reducing a wine by simmering will accentuate its dominant character such as sweetness, acidity, etc.
- Wine is great for marinades, simmering foods and even baking.
- The general suggested amounts for cooking with wine are ¼ cup per pound for stews and meats, ½ cup per quart for fish, and 1 tablespoon per cup for sauces.
Choose Ven To Spain for your dishes
When we cook with wine, we often like to buy two bottles of the same wine. One of the bottles is used for cooking and reward ourselves indulging a glass or two. The other is set aside for guests and the meal itself. We know how fun it is to have the same wine for our dish and also in our glass.
Next cooking recipe that calls for wine is the perfect opportunity to taste VenToSpain. If you have never tasted Spanish wines before, check out our international wine line VenToSpain. Our locally produced wines pack all the flavor and unique personality of Spain into the bottle. Do not miss out on discovering what VenToSpain has in store for you and your dishes!