Here are some points to note about wine:
- After you open the wine, it starts to oxidize, reducing its color, flavour and luster. The shelf life of your wine depends on various factors such as whether the wine is red, white or sparkling, whether it is dry or sweet.
- Red wines last longer than white and the older the wine, the longer it lasts.
- Remember that once opened, young wines are good for 3-4 days and older wines last about a week. The silver lining is that dessert wines and port can be good up to a year after you’ve opened them.
- Of course, you could buy smaller bottles that are easier to finish off, or at least store the leftover wine right away in a smaller bottle to minimize the oxidation. Another option is boxed wine, whose shelf life is almost a couple of months more than the bottled variety.
- How you store the wine is important, too. Wine stays best when away from heat and light, which accounts for the wine coolers and wine cellars.
- Use small amounts of leftover wine in your cooking but If you have a half bottle, transfer it to a clean and dry half bottle and cork it before you store it in your fridge to keep it for a month.
Some quick tips on cooking with leftover wine.For red meat and dishes with red meat use young, full bodied red wine For red sauces use young full bodied robust red wine For soups using root vegetables and beef stock use earthy red, full bodied red wine For fish - seafood, poultry, pork and veal use dry white wine or dry fortified wine For light cream sauces use dry white wine, dry fortified wine For seafood soups and bouillabaisse use crisp dry white wine For consomme, poultry, vegetable soups use dry fortified wine such as sherry For sweet desserts use sweet white wine or sweet fortified wine And? If you don’t enjoy drinking it, don’t cook with it. You can marinade, cook or flavor with wine. The idea of cooking with wine is to enhance the flavor and aroma of your food. Use the right amount, as adding too much can be overpowering and too little makes no difference. When wine simmers with your food, its flavor is extracted into the food. Let’s check out those recipes now, which we’ve conveniently categorized into white wine recipes and red wine recipes.
WHITE WINE Recipes for Leftover Wine
- Comfort Stewed Chicken with a White Wine Gravy
- Drunken Cheesy Bread
- 30-Minute Roasted Pacific Cod With Olives and Lemon
- Scallops with White Wine Beurre Blanc & Lemon Orzo
- Spinach & Chicken Crepes with White Wine Cream Sauce
- Pasta in Paprika White Wine Sauce
- Baked Salmon with White Wine Dill Sauce
- Lobster Linguine with White Wine Sauce
- Shrimp Scampi
- Tomato Pasta with White Wine and Spinach
RED WINE Recipes for Leftover Wine
- Easy Tomato Sauce with Red Wine
- Quick Eggplant & Tofu Ratatouille with Thai Basil
- Red Wine and Garlic Mushrooms
- Perfect Prime Rib Recipe with Red Wine Jus
- Mushroom and Red Wine Meatloaf
- Red Wine Risotto
- Black Beans and Rice
- Lentils with Wine-Glazed Winter Vegetables
- Red Wine Roast Chicken
- Pan Seared Flank Steak with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce