I put too much red wine in and it tastes like tomato and wine. I need more of the rich beef flavor back but it is a little salty, will low salt beef stock fix it?


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Simmer it a while first. Red wine mellows a lot with cooking. A beef base like Better Than Bouillon can add more beef flavor without diluting the stew.

You might find that the stew is better the next day. So I would simmer it for an hour or so today, refrigerate it overnight, and then consider beef broth or base tomorrow.

Since you are going to simmer the soup, consider adding diced potatoes to deal with the "saltiness".

As long as you keep it at a simmer, you won't kill the barley or beef. Don't let it hard boil.

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    If you like thicker stews, I've been known to grate a potato into the stewpot -- after a few minutes, it's broken down enough that it's just a thickener. (turning it into really runny mashed potatoes, effectively.)
    – Joe
    Nov 21, 2016 at 20:44

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