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Will swapping the red wine in my spaghetti bolognese with port wreck the dish?

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We were out of red wine when cooking spaghetti bolognese today, but eyed off the port as a possible substitute. We decided against it but were left wondering. I imagine you'd have to halve the quantity because it would be too strong. I thought it might make it too sweet.

My question is: Will swapping the red wine in my spaghetti bolognese with port wreck the dish?

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You could also leave the wine out, with no ill effects.

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Nope. Port (or Porto as we Portuguese people call it), will leave a sweeter taste in your dish.

This is related to the process of making the wine. In Port wine, during the fermentation process is added brandy to continue the fermentation process during the colder times of the north Portugal region. This process leaves more natural grape sugar in the wine.


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Will swapping the red wine in my spaghetti bolognese with port wreck the dish?

up vote 14 down vote

We were out of red wine when cooking spaghetti bolognese today, but eyed off the port as a possible substitute. We decided against it but were left wondering. I imagine you'd have to halve the quantity because it would be too strong. I thought it might make it too sweet.

My question is: Will swapping the red wine in my spaghetti bolognese with port wreck the dish?


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You could also leave the wine out, with no ill effects.

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Leaving it out will make a much bigger difference to the taste than substituting port would. - PLL Oct 15 at 15:19

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