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Mar 17, 2010 08:50 AM

Red wine in beef stew

I found this recipe for a beef stew that calls for 1 cup of red wine, and 1 cup of Guinness beer. I don't like any dry red wines and I've looked all over the internet trying to find a good wine to use. I have a bottle of Duplin red wine but it's a sweet wine and was wondering if this would be okay to use, or if I should find another wine. I've read that you shouldn't use a wine to cook with if you wouldn't drink it, does this still apply here? Thanks!

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  1. Cooking it changes the flavor of the wine. No, I wouldn't use a sweeter wine. A simple cheaper bottle from Trader Joe's would probably work.

    1. The "don't cook with it if you wouldn't drink it" axiom is uttered regarding flawed wines, not just wines one doesn't care for. For example, if a bottle has been open for a month, is it still good to use for cooking?

      What to do with your leftover 17 ounces of wine, since you probably won't care for it, will probably be the bigger issue.

      1. Get a modest bottle of dry red, pour half in and drink the other half while you cook that stew.

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        1. No, not sweet wine. Given you don't like dry red wine, I recommend you buying a bottle of wine on sale at Safeway or Trader Joes. No more than 6 bucks. Think merlot or shiraz on the lower shelves.

          There is no payback for you using a higher quality red for this situation. But be sure to 'cook off' some of the water/alcohol -- while in the oven, leave the lid off when it starts bubbling...for about 15 mins. Add more water if necessary.

          1. absoiutely do NOT use a sweet wine.
            second kaysyrahsyrah's rec about going to trader joes.