A Guide to Types of Wines for Cooking

By on May 8, 2019
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White Wines

Dry white wines are best used with poultry, veal, and fish.

Beurre Blanc Sauces

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Muscadet

Reduction Sauces and Pan Sauces

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay

Poaching, Steaming, Sautéing, Stir-Frying

  • Pouilly Fume
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Pinot Blank

Red Wines

Used primarily for red meats, red-wine sauces, stews and pasta sauces.

Light to Medium Red Wines

For Sautéing, Stir-Frying, Pan Sauces, Pasta, and Brown Sauces

  • Chianti
  • Merlot
  • Zinfandel
  • Rioja
  • Madeira
  • Port

Medium to Full-Bodied Red Wines

Primarily used with red meats, stews, pasta sauces, and roasts. Use for sautéing, pan-frying, roasting, braising, broiling, grilling, pasta sauces, and barbecue sauces.

  • Port
  • Pinot Noir
  • Madeira
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

Asian Wines

Used for sauce making, stir-frying, soups, broths, pan-sauces, and grilling. Generally sweet and non-acidic compared to most other white wines.

  • Rice Wines
    • Mirin
    • Sake
    • Shaoxing Rice Wine
  • Sherry – An excellent substitute when Rice Wines are unavailable.

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