By the splash or generous cupful, wines like port, merlot and pinot grigio lend rich flavor to everything from cocktails to stews to dessert.
January 26, 2010
1 of 8Photo: Beau Gustafson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine
7 Ways With Wine
As Julia Child used to so often say, the best wine to cook with is one you consider good enough to drink. As a general rule of thumb, dry (non-sweet) wines work best in savory dishes, while sweet or fortified wines (such as port and sherry) are more attuned to desserts and sauces.
2 of 8Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
Mulled Wine Sangria
Mulled Wine Sangria Recipe This new spin on sangria takes frozen strawberries, orange juice, mulling spices, merlot and club soda to make a flavorfully fun cocktail that's perfect for everything from girls' night in to special celebrations.
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Red Wine-Tomato Pasta
Red Wine-Tomato Pasta Recipe The quickest way to make marinara sauce a bit more special is to steep it with a small amount of dry red wine. It's a great use for leftover wine. Or, open a new bottle to enjoy while you cook this easy spaghetti supper.
4 of 8Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Pork Medallions with Port Wine-Dried Cherry Pan Sauce
Pork Medallions with Port Wine-Dried Cherry Pan Sauce Recipe Quickly cooked in a skillet, this pork tenderloin supper is easy enough for weeknights but equally impressive as company fare. A cup of ruby port wine lends a delicious, savory-sweet flavor note to the simple pan sauce of dried cherries, Dijon mustard, and jam.
5 of 8Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Karen Shinto
Red Wine Poached Pears
Red Wine Poached Pears Recipe Sugar, sweet spices, and dry red wine bathe fresh Bartlett pears in a burst of flavor and color after just 15 minutes of simmering. A sweet and creamy concoction of whipped cream and mascarpone cheese serves as a delicious, rich contrast to the jewel-toned fruit.
Chocolate-Red Wine Cake Recipe Red wine and chocolate are a perfect pairing that's made even more delicious when featured in this moist chocolate bundt cake. Serve this boozy, not-too-sweet treat for parties and special occasions.
7 of 8Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Tomato-Based White Wine Fish Soup
Tomato-Based White Wine Fish Soup Recipe White wine perfectly enhances the fennel-tomato broth that pulls together this simple seafood stew of shrimp, scallops and halibut. Elegant but easy, this dinner can be on the table in under 30 minutes. Serve with a side of sturdy bread for dunking.
8 of 8Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro
Beef Braised with Red Wine and Mushrooms
Beef Braised with Red Wine and Mushrooms Recipe Braising stew meat with a little bit of red wine, broth, and dried porcini mushrooms will send a wonderful aroma throughout the house and, with little tending, yield a rich and flavorful stew that is easily more than the sum of its parts.