Questions covering wine for both cooking and drinking, including selecting appropriate wines

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Are there any scientific advantages to using a cork to stop a wine bottle?

Although I am by no means a connoisseur (I don't really even drink it) I have been investigating the various means by which wine bottles are stopped up. This was prompted by a negative reaction by a ...
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How long can I store cooking wine?

I made a dish that used a small amount of wine and now I'm wondering how long I can keep the rest of it for next time. I know you wouldn't want to keep good drinking wine around long after opening ...
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Is it safe to cook wine or vinegar in cast iron?

I want to cook a beef brisket, following a recipe that suggests baking it on a bed of onions and red wine, or red wine vinegar. I'd like to use a cast iron dutch oven, but am concerned about the ...
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What is a substitute for red or white wine in a recipe?

If someone cannot or will not use wine for cooking, what would be a good substitute? Question applies to both red and white wine.
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When a recipe calls for Wine, does it make a difference what wine to use?

In other words does it make a difference in the event that a recipe calls for a Red wine you use a Merlot, Cabernet, Shiraz ect..?
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How to get a synthetic cork back in a wine bottle?

The past couple times I've bought wine stopped with a synthetic cork, I've had a very difficult time reinserting the cork after opening the bottle. It seems the cork expands after leaving the bottle, ...
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What is the standard amount (if there is one) for a “glass” of wine?

I have seen wine poured to various amounts in a wine glass; what amount is generally considered standard...4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz?
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How to recognize fizzy wine?

I don't have much theoretical knowledge about wine, but I like the taste. So I often get a random bottle from the wide selection at the supermarket, avoiding only the bottom line of TetraPack wine. I ...
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What can I do with leftover wine?

We don't really drink wine in our house, so we only ever buy a bottle for cooking. Typically whatever meal we have made requires ~1/2 bottle. How can I incorporate the rest of this wine into some ...
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What are some alternative wines for Boeuf Bourguignon?

Traditionally a Burgundy wine is used for Beef Bourguignon. What are alternative replacements for this dish?
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Non-alcoholic substitution for dry white wine in bolognese sauce and other tomato sauces?

What is the purpose of dry white wine in a recipe like bolognese sauce? I need to substitute something non-alcoholic for the wine and while I've found many great lists of possible substitutions, the ...
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Does the speed of opening of a bottle of wine influence its flavour?

While having a (good) bootle of wine at a friends place I've been told the following: The bottle should be uncorked slowly and silently, not to spoil its bouquet. This statement came as ...
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What type of sherry is typically used when cooking?

Not having used sherry before, what is the type used when a recipe just calls for "sherry"? I see cream sherry, dry sherry, and very dry sherry at my local grocery store. Does brand matter much?
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Wine selection when dining on horse meat?

I know there is a lot of received wisdom about what sorts of wines to pair with, say, beef or fish or chicken, though I couldn't quote any of it off the top of my own head, as I am the furthest thing ...
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Wondering if the bottle of wine I have is still good or not

During my move to a new place, I found a bottle of wine that I had kept in my refrigerator that was dated 2004. It was still sealed; it didn't look like anything was floating around inside, and to all ...
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What’s a good alternative to rice wine vinegar?

I find it difficult to source rice wine vinegar for recipes. I can usually find “rice vinegar“, “rice wine”, and “white wine vinegar”, but not specifically “rice wine vinegar”. Can I use any of the ...
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Does cooking wine go bad like regular wine?

I bought some cooking wine last week and made a delicious meal with it. I only used half a bottle, so the other half is still in my pantry. I know that regular wine goes bad after about a day ...
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Are vacuum pump effective to improve wine conservation?

Is there any evidence for (or against) those "Vacuum Wine Saver" pumps (such as "Vacu Vin") that claim to improve the conservation of opened wine bottles? By evidence, I mean blind tastings or ...
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How to pop a tiny champagne cork?

I know how to uncork champagne. However, I just got a bottle of prosecco with a tiny cork, and I'm not sure how to pop it. I can't grab it like with a normal cork, and I'm worried about putting a cork ...
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What role does alcoholic liquid play in cheese fondue recipes?

Pretty much every recipe I've seen for cheese fondue includes either white wine (sometimes alongside kirsch/brandy) or some kind of beer in the delicious cheesy sauce. Why is the added liquid ...
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What is the best wine to use in a fondue recipe?

Assuming I'm willing to pull out all the stops, what is the best wine to use in a "standard" gruyere-based fondue, like this one?
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Does it matter what type of wine is used to make mulled wine?

I had mulled wine at a French restaurant I went to for dinner last night, and it was a very dry wine - which was interesting, since there was definitely added sugar and the spices are typically ...
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Is it possible to freeze wine for future use?

I wanted to freeze some leftover wine (about half a bottle) to use for cooking at a later date. Will it keep at all? Are there any special ways to freeze it? Would freezing it in the bottle be ...
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long term wine storage

I'm planning storing some wine over a long period of time. I'm not sure about the exact duration, but I'm thinking of either 25 or 50 years. What should be taken into consideration? Here's a list of ...
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Why are red wine glasses wider than white wine glasses?

I understand that one of the important aspects of a wine glass is that it has smaller opening at the top, which is going to help concentrate the aromas. But why are glasses for red wine generally ...
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How should I order unknown wines in a tasting

I hope this is not too off-topic. We are doing a wine tasting soon, where everyone presents a wine (assume all red, dry). As there will be a wide variety of types, I think the order is quite ...
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Effect of wine used for deglazing on dish

What wine should be used for deglazing, e.g. a tomato sauce? Will certain aspects of the flavor (e.g. fruity, dry) be noticeable in the finished dish or is it just for the 'general' wine taste? Can I ...
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Need to refrigerate vinaigrette?

I've made a red-wine vinaigrette dressing using olive oil (which makes up the majority of the dressing), red wine, garlic, and basil. My problem is that whenever I take it out of the refrigerator, ...
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Should I warm wine in the microwave?

Although warming wine in the microwave might seem like a "horrible" thing to do it clearly has some practical benefits. So will the microwave change the aroma of the wine compared to the conventional ...
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Does placing a metal spoon in an open bottle of sparkling wine (etc.. .) help keep its fizz?

Does placing a metal spoon in an open bottles of bubbles, sparkling wine & Champagne help keep its fizz ? If so why is this ?
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Why does my red wine reduction go 'grainy'?

After frying some meat, say beef or lamb, sometimes I want to make a red wine reduction. After lifting the meat out of the pan I turn the heat down to low and add the wine. The wine tends to bubble ...
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Whisky instead of wine in marinades?

I know that almost every one of us use wine or vinegar for marinades or meals. Recently I was cooking a Chinese food and tried whisky instead just for a difference. That bitterness of the whisky ...
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Replacement for wine [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a substitute for red or white wine in a recipe? I am making a short rib recipe which calls for white wine in the brazing liquid. I don't have any wine, what ...
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Will vacuum sealing an open bottle of wine make it like it was never opened?

I have a professional vacuum sealer, which removes the air, and seals the bottle, or container. Will this work with wine, or does the wine degrade once it has been exposed to air, no matter how well ...
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What's an inexpensive substitute for Port wine?

Is there a good substitute for port? It's for a slow cooked pork loin recipe. I'm not concerned about the alcohol, but I would like to keep the cost down.
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cheese fondue not binding

I am planning on making a cheese fondue this weekend. How ever last time I made it the cheese (Emmental and gruyere) wouldn't fully disolve into the wine base. It basically was a winey sauce with ...
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How to pair cheese with wine?

It is common knowledge that cheese goes well with wine. However, the choice of which sort of cheese to pair with which wine seems an arcane discipline. Are there some easy, logical rules to follow? ...
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Best substitute wine glass

I occasionally find myself opening a bottle of wine at a friend's ill-equipped house, and don't have any wine glasses handy. What type of serving cup/glass can I substitute for a proper wine glass in ...
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strawberry and fig vincotto

I have one strawberry and one fig vincotto (bottle). What can I do with it ? Am having trouble finding recipes to use it in, other than fruit/icecream/salad related. I prefer a recipe with only a few ...
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Is there a substitute for port wine in a dessert risotto?

I am looking for a substitute for port wine in a "dessert risotto" that I would like to make. It's not that I'm worried about the alcohol (I would actually prefer to use the port), I just can't ...
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Difference between Spumante & Champagne

When winter holidays come, I always find with my parents and the whole family. Sometimes we use Spumante, some other times Champagne, both to accompain with some sweet at the end of the meal, or ...
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Would it be alright to substitute white balsamic vinegar for wine in risotto?

I'm really craving risotto but I don't have any wine in the house at the moment. I do have white balsamic vinegar, however.
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When is homemade wine-based vinegar simply bad wine?

If I am making homemade wine-based vinegar, is there a way to tell if it's just plain soured wine? One recipe described the process as leaving the wine mixture open for a few weeks - is there a ...
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Grape vinegar vs wine vinegar

Is there a difference between the two? Also, does the commercially available wine vinegar contain any alcohol?
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Can I use mulled wine for deglazing a beef stew?

In the middle of preparing a beef stew when I realised I have no red wine (I may or may not have drunk it all, you can't pin anything on me!). I have copious amounts of mulled wine though. Will this ...
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Which wines have a strong, bitter flavor?

I experimented with adding wine and dark chocolate to a sauce. The result was generally OK, but the wine was not strong enough in comparison to the chocolate, I would have liked more of its taste to ...
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How is it that zinfandel can taste spicy?

How can it be that zinfandel wines taste spicy (hot?) I experienced this sensation for the first time recently, but never have sensed this before in cabernets, merlots, or other reds. Subsequently I ...
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Does the alcohol in wine affect cooking process?

When cooking with wine or other booze does the alcohol have an affect on the cooking process? Example: deglazing a pan or making a wine-based sauce. My understanding is that the alcohol evaporates ...
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how to mix wine into cream sauce (or cream into a wine sauce) so it doesn't curdle

how to combine wine in a cream sauce so it doesn't curdle?
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What is a more common substitute for Shaoxing cooking wine?

I have never cooked with Shaoxing wine, so I'm not sure what would be its best substitute.