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What red wine for braises

jmax Sep 11, 2009 06:37 AM

Is there an all purpose red wine that I can use for all of my braises - lamb shanks, short ribs, pot roast, etc... I usually have merlot in the house - is that OK?

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  1. hotoynoodle RE: jmax Sep 11, 2009 08:51 AM

    if it's good enough to drink (but nothing too precious) it's fine to use for cooking. the purpose of wine in a braise is to add flavor and for the acids to help break down the meat.

    don't cook with junk, but don't overthink it.

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      Val RE: jmax Sep 11, 2009 08:56 AM

      Merlot should work fine...any sturdy red is good for braising such as burgundy or zinfandel, also.

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        Lenox637 RE: jmax Sep 11, 2009 10:55 AM

        I would recommend a zinfandel, deep fruit flavors that go very well with all braises.

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