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Wine in Cooking

Dear James,
Could you please tell me the difference of cooking with regular white wine or sparkling wine?  Is it okay to substitute sparkling wine for regular?  (this is for a poultry recipe).
Thank you,  Vicki


Hello Vicki,
No real difference using sparkling or regular white wine for your poultry dish.

For sparkling wine, keep in mind that the term 'brut' is a dry sparkling wine, and the term 'dry' refers to a sweeter sparkling wine, and 'sec' or 'demi sec' is the sweetest sparkling wine.

For chicken, either a dry or sweet sparkling wine would work fine with most recipes.

Generally, a dry sparkling wine would work better with red meat than a sweeter one.

     Chef James

Some substitutes for wine in recipes:

    Non-alcoholic wine or beer.
    Chicken, fish or beef stock.
    Vegetable stock.
    Water and a little Balsamic Vinegar.
    Pomegranate juice.
    Grape juice, apple juice, orange juice, etc.
    Carrot juice.
    Syrup from canned fruit.
    Cranberry juice.
    White grape juice and a few drops of lemon juice or sugar, depending on whether a dry wine or a sweet wine is called for.
    Orange juice or orange juice concentrate.
    Coffee, espresso, etc.
    Green tea.



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