Is it really bad to cook with a wine that you wouldn't drink?

455797Kyle Graynor

I've heard this a lot, and some people who have posted on Wine Press before think this is true, but I don't know how true it is. Sure you shouldn't cook with a wine that you think tastes bad - maybe it would impart some flavor that you don't like to the dish, making it taste bad to you personally. That said, if you think a two buck chuck tastes pretty good, why wouldn't you use it in a dish?

Also, I wouldn't argue that a $50 or $100 wine might make a dish taste a little better, but could it possibly be THAT big a difference? Could it really be worth the price?


  • I'm guilty of this offense - if I don't really love the wine, I'll use it as a cooking wine instead. I guess my philosphy is if it isn't corked why let it go to waste?

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    Snooth User: ledavis4

    Oct 26, 2011 at 2:34pm

  • I think this mostly holds true for what you say about "bad" wine, meaning corked wine or wine that has been sitting around way too long. I think what this rule really means is that one should never use something called "cooking wine" that you buy in the supermarket. When you see these, they usually have all kinds of added stuff, including sodium. You would never actually drink that. Hence, why you shouldn't actually cook with it. 

    But Two Buck Chuck? Sure. This rule doesn't mean use expensive wine. It means don't cook with anything you wouldn't want to actually taste on its own. 


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    Snooth User: Amanda Schuster

    Oct 26, 2011 at 2:36pm

  • No, not really.....of course avoid cooking wine, but if there is a wine that you dont like, or have kept for a couple of days open, and cant drink anymore, use it for cooking. I once used a wine that I kept in the bottle for two weeks after I had opened it, to make an incredible syrup that poured on vanilla ice cream was a restuarant quality dessert.


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    Snooth User: rogerpaul12

    Oct 26, 2011 at 3:37pm

  • I like to create marinades for beef that I grill outdoors.  I use the cheapest wine I can find around the house.  If it's already open, then so much the better.  It gets used.  My main purpose, of course, in using the wine in the marinade is to get the acid content.  Who's kidding who?  If you are grilling a flank steak over an open flame, the wine is going to burn off completely.  However, there will still be some tartness from the acid.  The acid also acts as a tenderizer.  Although, for a flank steak, tender is not really the objective.

    I admire Rogerpaul's ice cream sauce from a bottle that had been opened for two weeks.  I'd have never guessed that it could turn out as good as it did.

    Agree that you don't use cooking wine and agree that corked wines should be dumped.

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    Snooth User: EMark

    Oct 26, 2011 at 5:39pm

  • I will leave this one for the publicly recognized experts to answer:

    It Boils Down to This: Cheap Wine Works Fine

    answered by

    Snooth User: Eddie Barcellos

    Oct 28, 2011 at 12:08pm

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