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Wine Replacement

Avantrest Nov 14, 2013 07:04 PM

What is a good replacement for wine in the various cooking techniques?

  1. TorontoJo Nov 15, 2013 09:25 AM

    Verjus. Similar to a vinegar, but its own beast. Not quite as sour, I find.

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    1. re: TorontoJo
      Avantrest Nov 15, 2013 10:08 AM

      Know any places that sell it around Richmond Hill?
      I've also heard of vincotto

      1. re: Avantrest
        TorontoJo Nov 15, 2013 10:18 AM

        I don't, sorry. I live in NOTL and several of the wineries here make it. Try giving Bruno's in Richmond Hill a call:


        The other place I'd try is the Pusateri's at Bayview Village Mall. Not Richmond Hill, but certainly closer than Cheese Boutique.

    2. c
      ChiliDude Nov 15, 2013 07:57 AM

      Some supermarkets have wine substitutes that are non-alcoholic if alcohol is a problem. I like to cook meat with beer if I'm making a stew or chili.

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      1. re: ChiliDude
        hotoynoodle Nov 15, 2013 09:19 AM

        "cooking wines" are dreadful. they will ruin a dish.

        to the options already listed, add rice vinegar.

        1. re: hotoynoodle
          ChiliDude Nov 15, 2013 10:37 AM

          Good to know...I have never used the stuff that comes off supermarket store shelves. I have only seen the bottles on a shelf.

          1. re: hotoynoodle
            C. Hamster Nov 15, 2013 11:09 AM

            In addition to being gross, the do have alcohol in them. And a bunch of junk to make them shelf-stable for eternity.

            1. re: C. Hamster
              TroyTempest Nov 15, 2013 11:14 AM

              C. Hamster is right. Basically it is cheap wine with a ton of salt and other crap.

            2. re: hotoynoodle
              TroyTempest Nov 15, 2013 11:16 AM

              But, there is non-alcohol wine, which is totally different than "cooking wine".
              I've never had it, or cooked with it.

              1. re: TroyTempest
                Avantrest Nov 15, 2013 11:19 AM

                I suppose it's similar to the non alcoholic beer shiat

                1. re: Avantrest
                  TroyTempest Nov 15, 2013 11:39 AM

                  You know some of the NA beer isn't so terrible. Erdinger, i think it is called doesn't taste so bad. And most all of them don't taste much worse than a miller Lite. My apologies if you like Miller Lite. Why do you drink that swill? C'mon drink a beer that tastes like beer.

                2. re: TroyTempest
                  monavano Nov 15, 2013 11:54 AM

                  Which reminds me- grape must.

                  1. re: TroyTempest
                    sunshine842 Nov 15, 2013 05:18 PM

                    non-alcoholic wine is a crime against humanity -- and it tastes like shit.

                    No way should anyone drink it or cook with it. Bleh.

              2. C. Hamster Nov 15, 2013 04:27 AM

                There's also the possibility of leaving it out.

                It all depends on what you are making.

                1. j
                  janniecooks Nov 15, 2013 02:47 AM

                  As other posters have pointed out, it all depends on the recipe. I'll add two more options to the lists of the others:
                  Stock or broth
                  fruit juice (besides lemon)

                  1. C. Hamster Nov 14, 2013 09:38 PM

                    It absolutely depends on the recipe!

                    1. HillJ Nov 14, 2013 08:35 PM

                      hard cider
                      cider vinegar
                      apple cider
                      sparkling cider

                      depending on what you're using it for

                      1. monavano Nov 14, 2013 07:27 PM

                        Vinegars, lemon.

                        1. sunshine842 Nov 14, 2013 07:17 PM

                          It depends entirely on the recipe.

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