As with many people, my husband has an issue with red wine, it gives him an acid stomach. So, he drinks white. However, not wanting to irritate the issue, but wanting to continue to cook with wine on occasion, is there a difference (apart from taste and color) to cooking with red opposed to white wine?

  • Just a quick note here, but since giving up the red wine, the snoring has stopped!!! Feb 2, 2017 at 9:04

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The way red wine is produced vs the way white wine is produced might give you some insight.

Red wine is produced from red grapes where the "mosto" (grape juice) macerates together with the skin of the grapes. This releases the typical red pigments and tannins.

White wine is produced from red or white grapes where the mosto does not usually macerate. If it's from white grapes, it can macerate with the skin.

This means the wine has less tannins (and pigments).

Basically, the only difference between the wines is the amount of tannins.

For some info about marinating meat in red wine, this post is interesting. Hint: it doesn't do much.

  • Yup, brain just clicked into gear, tannins.... thank you so much. Jan 31, 2017 at 16:25

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