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What to Do With Bad Wine?

I bought a bottle of riesling the other day, and it is way way too sweet. Almost undrinkable. What should I do with the rest of the bottle? I was thinking maybe a sangria, or some sort of fish dish, but am feeling a bit uninspired. Help!

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  1. If you don't like the taste, toss it, why torture yourself?

    On the other hand, if it has good flavor but is just too sweet for drinking with a meal, then yes, sangria is a possibility, or use it for marinating a fruit salad. I wouldn't want to cook fish in anything too sweet.

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      1. re: JaneRI

        The yankee in me can't throw away wine!

        1. re: wanderluster

          Make ice cubes and use them to flavor lemonade or order some spicy Thai food and you may find the wine is just fine

          1. re: TonyO

            Wow, I love the ice cube idea!

          2. re: wanderluster

            I was wondering what was wrong with me that I have problems throwing unused food / drinks away ... you answered my question ... I grew up in New England ... it's just the Yankee in my soul.

            I assume you've frozen it ... great idea. What kind of wine was it? I might have a few ideas depending on type of wine.

            1. re: wanderluster

              If it is too sweet to drink, then I would use it as a simple syrup for baking. I like the idea of using it to macerate fruits, or soaking a holiday fruitcake.

              If you are willing to experiment, you could use it for making wine vinegar.

        2. It may be that that was the style. If it was late harvest or 'eiswein' or 'trockenbeerenausleese' it is supposed to be sweet, to be drunk with or in place of dessert, not with dinner. Residual sugar percentage should be on the label.

          Try pouring it over some sliced strawberries and letting it sit an hour, or sipping it alongside a dessert with sweet but simple flavors, such as custard or angel cake.

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          1. re: Louise

            If it's either of those two categories it will have been a rather expensive (certainly over $25, and in the case of eiswein possibly over $100!) bottle, and if you don't like it, send it to me, I promise it won't go to waste! ;-)

            If, on the other hand, it's just a cheap oversweetened riesling, I stand by my suggestion above.

          2. and if all else fails... vinegar ;)

            1. Sometimes when I really don't like the flavor of a wine, but don't want to toss it, I'll just drink it as a spritzer. Since this one is so sweet, you could just mix it with some unflavored fizzy water, ice and a wedge or two of citrus

              1. Poached pears?

                I like the sangria idea.