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Using leftover wine for cooking

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I have a decent pinot that's been in the fridge for 10 days - not something I'd drink. But can I use it in a recipe for a shallot sauce - warmed on the stove? Thanks.

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  1. Absolutely! I do it all the time.

    1. I use all my left over wines to make sauces for my dinners. Heck I have even been known to empty almost an entire bottle or merlot into marinara sauce!

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      1. re: MeffaBabe

        I do that too, MeffaBaba. Especialy if the merlot is from TJ's. However, most of the time I swirl about 2 or 3 inches into the can of tomatoes to make sure I get all the good stuff out. It adds a nice rich flavor to a red sauce of any variety.

      2. 2 half bottles of leftover red wine equals "what to braise on Sunday" time. Jfood has a difficult time opening a full bottle of red for braising but it's "free" when it's leftover. Chicken, short ribs, veggies leftover wine = what a great way to spend a wintery sunday with the family.

        1. I freeze my leftover wine in 1 cup amounts... just for that reason.

          1. only one question: "who has leftover wine?" };-D

            1. When we have any left over, I save the last glugs from our opened red bottles and pour them into a stoppered bottle I keep just for this purpose. It all becomes nice and vinegary, and I use it to finish sauces.

              Learned it from Nigella. She salvages the dregs from wine glasses too, though. I don't go *that* far. ;)

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                1. re: litchick

                  I haven't seen Nigella do the bottle thing, but her Nigella Bites show had her freezing leftover wine in small portions in freezer bags. Great idea, particularly if you don't drink much.

                  1. re: Kagey

                    Thank you to everybody for your very helpful replies. The sauce was delicious so the wine must have had some life left in it. It is a very sad state of affairs that we have leftover wine but I've switched to white (acid reflux) and if we have a couple of dinners out - the red is past its prime. Thanks so much.

                  2. re: litchick

                    I've started making red and white wine vinegar from our 'leftovers' - I have to admit I had to buy two bottles to get started with, but now I manage to save a half glass here or there from dinners to feed the mother. It is AWESOME stuff.