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Was honey in ancient times different than now?

It's not honey that's changed since ancient times, it's wine! Wine makers in ancient Rome lacked the knowledge and equipment to prevent oxidation and unwanted bacterial colonies, so their product was ...
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Can I use cooking sherry instead of red wine in my stew?

"Cooking wine" is unfortunately ubiquitous on US mega-mart shelves. It is notoriously bad. I mean really, really notoriously bad. It starts bad, and then they add obscene amounts of salt so that it ...
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What defines cooking wine?

At least in germany "cooking wine" is more a reference to a cheap wine that just does not taste good if drunken (or is of a low percieved quality). For example a cheap lambrusco, which you get if you ...
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Can I learn to like wine?

There's no point drinking wine and not enjoying it. The point of wine with food is that, if you enjoy the wine and enjoy the food, you'll enjoy both together even more. But if you don't enjoy the wine,...
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What defines cooking wine?

Cooking wine has added salt so it is unpalatable to drink and legal to be sold in a store that doesn't have a liquor license in states requiring that.
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What is the difference between expensive wine and regular wine?

There are several factors that increase price. Some are related to the objective quality of the wine, some indirectly linked, other are rather disconnected from quality (but not necessarily irrelevant,...
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What defines cooking wine?

As my answer is quite long, it was suggested to add a summary up front. Here are the main points along with a little more info. In the US, commercial cooking wines found in the grocery store, usually ...
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Can I use cream of tartar instead of wine to avoid alcohol in a meat braise or risotto?

There's a few misconceptions there. Tartaric acid, malic acid, acetic acid, and citric acid are all "heat stable" in the sense that they won't boil or decompose at the temperature of boiling ...
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How can I increase white wine shelf life specifically bought for cooking?

Freeze it in cubes and use it as required. Wine should be low-alcohol enough to freeze in a regular freezer, although you might find you get 'slushier' parts – if you do, these will have a higher ...
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How Does Wine Enhance Flavor?

The other answers make good points, but OP in comments keeps asking whether alcohol helps ingredients "release their flavor" more. And yes, it does. As to how it does so, one reason is simply ...
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How should red wine be used in Spaghetti Bolognese?

In general, when meat or vegetables are fried in hot fat, sugar and amino acid particles are formed. To capture this roasted aroma caused by this reaction (called Maillard reaction), you pour water or ...
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Safe to cook with alcohol

In general, we can assume that it will never boil off to zero. By a combination of reduction and dilution we can get to undetectable levels, less than in ripe fruit and some breads. The "zero ...
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Can I make risotto without wine?

Yes, all it is, is flavour. Apple juice and grape juice are 2 things I've used in the past for non-alcohol people. You can also get away with not using anything as a replacement as long as you use ...
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Can I make risotto without wine?

I've made risotto plenty of times without wine (as it's not something that I typically keep in my house). The main issue is that wine is both acidic (which can affect how quickly things break down ...
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What is the difference between expensive wine and regular wine?

Before I provide the following answer, I feel it necessary to preface it by saying that I enjoy all sorts of fine (read: expensive) alcoholic beverages, and some of the best meals in my life have been ...
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Can I learn to like wine?

Yes, you can. In fact, red wine is notorious to be an acquired taste. And a big part of what humans like (not just in food) is dependent on familiarity. It would be rather unusual (but not impossible) ...
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What is the opposite of cuvée?

A cuvée usually means that the wine if made from the same batch of grapes, harvested at the same time (year), from a particular plot of land. A cuvée can either be a single grape varietal , which is ...
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How can I increase white wine shelf life specifically bought for cooking?

Small bottles. These bottles are 187 ml which is 6 ounces each. This 4 pack costs $2. You will use one bottle to cook and discard what you don't use from that bottle. The other 3 will wait their ...
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Safe to cook with alcohol

As a general rule, the answer by Chris H is accurate. Most recipes that involve wine only use a small amount and typically involve cooking in a way that causes most of the alcohol to evaporate (or ...
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Is there a substitute for port wine in a dessert risotto?

Please do not use a cooking wine. Those are awful. Pick a juice, any juice. I'd say cranberry. You probably don't want anything too sweet.
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Will swapping the red wine in my spaghetti bolognese with port wreck the dish?

In short, using port as a substitute for red wine will not wreck the dish. Though the flavour is different (and richer) and will make your bolognese taste different as a result, the taste should not ...
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Does red wine vinegar and red vinegar taste same?

Welcome to the site @User3176270. I'm not an expert in Halal but my understanding from my halal friends is that red wine vinegar is halal because the process of turning the wine into vinegar gets rid ...
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What is the opposite of cuvée?

A varietal is a wine made from a single type of grape.
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How Does Wine Enhance Flavor?

As you are asking how wine enhances the flavor of foods, the first thing that came to mind for me is that wine contains glutamates, which are flavor enahncers. Most people would be surprised to know ...
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How can I increase white wine shelf life specifically bought for cooking?

There are 'bag in box' wine packages around, easy to find in some places but harder to find in others. With those no air comes into the container keeping the wine good for a much longer time. They ...
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Does the speed of opening of a bottle of wine influence its flavour?

This seems to be a myth based on the idea that wine can be 'bruised' by popping the cork or handling the bottle roughly. 'Dr Vinny', Wine Spectator Magazine's advice expert, has this to say on the ...
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Is there a substitute for port wine in a dessert risotto?

The best nonalcoholic substitution that I can think of for a ruby-style port would be pomegranate or black cherry juice, something not from concentrate. The POM brand is readily available, at least ...
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Why are the corks of some of my Muscat wines popping out?

This is generally an indication that the wine is not stable - that is, it is still fermenting, which is a defect in wines not intended to be sparkling (carbonated) wines. If you made the wine, and ...
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What is a substitute for red or white wine in a recipe?

After a long and frustrating search for wine substitutes, I finally got the guts to create "wine bouillon" and it's producing good results in the kitchen. Essentially, I've flash-dried wine into a ...
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Residue in cork

Tartrate crystals, they are formed from tartic acid which occurs naturally in grapes. From Wine of the Month: First, let's deal with tartrate crystals. They are formed when a method called cold ...
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