3 Ways to Use Leftover Wine

by St. Supery on May 3, 2010

Recycling and reusing is a good practice around the house, especially in the kitchen. Use as much of each food item as possible, and reuse every drop of wine when you can. Here are a few great uses for leftover wine:

1. Sauces

Reduction sauces are an ideal way to use leftover white or red wine. If you haven’t experimented with reduction sauces, take a run at it and play around with the basics of making a sauce. Often times a stock (ie. Beef, Veal or Chicken) mixed with wine can be simmered for a while until the liquid is reduced to a sauce. Stocks that are homemade are flavorful and easy to do, but they can also be found at most grocery stores, sometimes know as broths. The Julia Child stock recipe is tried and true.

A 1:1 ratio of wine to stock is an easy recipe for sauce. Pour them together into a saucepan and bring to a boil, then simmer down until the sauce is thick and almost not liquid. I love doing this with ports or red wines for beef. Pasta sauces simmered with red wines and a bay leaf are also more flavorful.

Some recipes that use wine for the sauce:

Poached Chicken in Truffles & Cream Sauce (uses white wine)

Chicken with Rosemary & Lemon Sauce (uses white wine)

Seared Duck Breast w/ Cherry Port Sauce (uses port)

Presidential Rack of Lamb a la Richelieu (uses white wine)

Filet with Mushrooms & Madeira (uses madeira)


2. Marinating Meats

Marinating beef in red wine is an awesome way to add flavor and tenderize meat. This is a great thing to do when making stews or even before grilling. I especially like reusing wine this way because red wine can get kind of nasty to drink if it’s been open for longer than a few weeks, but not too nasty to use for marinating. Here’s a recipe to try where the meat gets marinated over night:

Bouef Bourguignonne (marinate with red wine)

3. Hearty Stews

One of my all time favorite recipes is the one listed above. Bouef Bourguignonne not only uses beef that’s marinated but it’s slow cooked all day with an entire bottle of wine poured in. On a cold day, a warm hearty stew-like dish warms the soul.

The idea isn’t too dissimilar to the concept behind sauces where slow simmering creates a thicker, richer sauce, but with stews, all the ingredients soak up the flavors and gain a wonderful texture.

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  • http://twitter.com/LLamx Laurie Lamoureux

    These sound great, however… leftover wine? What is that?? ;)

  • Todd Havens

    This all looks and sounds amazing. It's dangerous to visit this blog on an empty stomach! :)

  • http://twitter.com/MarshaCollier Marsha Collier

    You say “red wine can get kind of nasty to drink if it’s been open for longer than a few weeks”.. How long is it appropriate to be able to hold wine, and what are the proper conditions?

  • rickbakas

    It happens once in a great while :)

  • rickbakas

    Most white wines are kaput after the first day. Many red wines might be able to go 2-3 days tops before they funky. The gas they sell in wine shops does help, but once oxygen hits the wine, a process begins that can't be reversed.
    Sometimes the wine is so funky it's not even worth cooking with.

    The only wine that doesn't go bad is Madeira because it's already completely oxidized.

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