Pairing red wine with meals helps draw out the flavors of the main dish. Cooking with red wine serves the same purpose. While red-wine recipes may seem intimidating to a beginner cook, they’re not too difficult and can help you create an outstanding main dish.
Cooking with Red Wine
When used on the stovetop (as opposed to in a marinade), the most common way of using red wine is in sauce recipes. A good red wine sauce can make a huge difference in the flavor or texture of food, depending on what type of wine you choose. For example, fortified wines like port or marsala wine usually result in a sauce that’s rich, thick and sweet. On the other hand, sauces made with dry red wines add earthy flavor to beef and lamb recipes.