Can You Recommend Good Red and White Wines for Cooking?

published Aug 25, 2015
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Q: I just started cooking with wine, and I love the flavor it adds to my food. Unfortunately, I don’t like to drink it, so I don’t know what a good wine for cooking would be. What are some recommendations for good red and white wines to use in my cooking?

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Editor: Choose a wine that’s reasonably priced and versatile. With whites your best bet is something that’s dry and crisp, like sauvignon blanc, an unoaked chardonnay, or even sparkling wine. You’ll also want something dry, and perhaps light- to medium-bodied when it comes to red wine. Cabernet, merlot, pinot noir, and zinfandel are all good choices.

And if you don’t have any wine on hand, there are also some useful non-alcoholic substitutes.

Readers, what are your favorite red and white wines for cooking?