5 Delicious Ways to Cook with Wine

It’s harvest time, and there’s no better moment for making the most of #WineWednesday: classic Ontario varietals add depth of flavour to five easy weeknight recipes.

White Wine Cold-Poached Trout with Sage Gremolata

White Wine Cold-Poached Trout with Sage Gremolata

Fish is delicate, but that doesn’t mean your wine choice for poaching it needs to be. Herbal and citrus-tasting Château des Charmes Sauvignon Blanc VQA lends great taste to this dish.

White Wine Fettuccine Alfredo

White Wine Fettuccine Alfredo

The crisp apple and tangy lemon notes in Kacaba Unoaked Chardonnay VQA are just what’s needed to take rich, creamy noodles to the next level.

Red Wine Barbecue Sauce–Glazed Chicken

Red Wine Barbecue Sauce–Glazed Chicken

Wine-infused barbecue sauce sounds upscale, but it’s simply pantry staples simmered with a plump, smoky and spicy wine like Cave Spring Cabernet Franc VQA.

Late Harvest Wine–Marinated Steak with Grilled Greens

Late Harvest Wine–Marinated Steak with Grilled Greens

Sweet whites like Henry of Pelham Special Select Late Harvest Vidal VQA incorporate key elements of a great marinade: sweet and strong fruit flavour, plus refreshing acidity.

Sparkling Grilled Bellini Float

Sparkling Grilled Bellini Float

Swap the classic Italian Prosecco in a Bellini for local bubbles. A bottle of Lily Sparkling Wine VQA is a natural match for fresh Ontario peaches.

Tips for Cooking with Wine

It’s a myth that the alcohol disappears when you cook with wine. It can “cook off,” but this usually requires lengthy simmering times.

Cooking with wine won’t improve the wine’s flavour, so start with something decent — not necessarily a fancy wine, but not a bottle that’s past its prime or one you just don’t like — its flavours will still come through.