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Apr 16, 2009 09:40 AM

Good marsala cooking wine recommendation

Anyone have a specific marsala or madiera cooking wine recommendation? Or a good liquor shop that carries a good selection of marsala wine in the greater Boston area?

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  1. I've rarely seen more than a couple brands of either in one place. Martignetti's in Brighton has a few. Wine Emporium on Tremont in the South End is where I go on short notice; it has one or two.

    1. Cambridge Wine and Spirits at Fresh Pond has good choices and some of the staff can provide recommendations - I haven't been disappointed in any cooking wine I've gotten there.

      1. If you are going to cook with it, you need not go all out.

        I usually cook with Florio, which is widely available at liquor stores and even Stop and Shop.

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        1. re: C. Hamster

          Agreed. but do keep in mind Julia's advice: if you wouldn't drink it - don't cook with it.

          1. re: rlh

            I think Cribari is just fine. Available most everywhere.

            1. re: rlh

              I was long an exponent of Child's only-cook-with-wine-you'd-drink rule, but my Parisian-native buddy pooh-poohed it (or made the faire la moue expression, probably). He said any old cheap wine will do as long as it isn't spoiled.

              The NY Times recently did an experiment with this , cooking the same dish with three wines: plonk, a decent table wine, and something really nice. Result? No discernible difference, even when fortified wines were called for. I don't cook much with marsala or madeira, but for deglazing pans and making wine sauces and such, I keep Two Buck Chuck handy now. It doesn't sound like you have to spend much on yours.


              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Thanks all...i too was wrestling with the adage that you don't cook with anything you wouldn't want to drink. Pastene is the brand I normally see in average liquor stores. It's ok at best. So I'll try some of the suggestions above.

              2. re: rlh

                Of course. Florio is fine enough to drink, if you're into drining marsala.

                My point is thereis really no need to cook with something too good.