Mr Grumpy: cooking with wine

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Cooking, eating and drinking help take the sting out of lockdown. I’ve turned the clocks forward an hour to change our drinking curfew and have pre-recorded our favourite cooking shows.

If you can’t taste the wine in the finished dish why would you want to sacrifice an expensive and tasty wine?

Cooking shows stimulate the appetite and add extra pleasure to meal preparation. In an ideal world, we would watch a demonstration then prepare and eat the same meal immediately afterwards. Bliss!

I have a small niggle when the celebrity chefs cook with wine. They tell us to only use wine that we would be happy to drink, preferably the wine we plan to drink with the meal. That makes sense when you are adding a splash to the dish before serving but makes no sense to me when you need half a bottle of something for slow-cooked stews and casseroles.

If you can’t taste the wine in the finished dish why would you want to sacrifice an expensive and tasty wine?


2 thoughts on “Mr Grumpy: cooking with wine”

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    Ian Catton says:

    Totally agree. We cook with the cheapest wines that we can find that are rated 88/100 or higher. We usually find both a white and a red for under $10 CAD. I cook many things that need a cup or two of wine. Most are reduced until almost dry. Many then have broth added. Not sure if I’d notice the difference at that point between my cooking wines and my dinner wines rated 90/100 and up, and cost twice as much and up.

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    John Baker says:

    Agree Bob what a waste of great wine especially when you have one bottle of something that is meant to be very good and you are about to find out. A little show decorating maybe?

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