Did you know that our wines are not just great for drinking? They’re perfect for cooking with too!
The French are rightly famous for cooking with vin, with iconic dishes like coq au vin – which literally translates to chicken with wine – as well as other favourites like the cheese-based fondue. You can also use wine to enhance desserts, poach fruit in or use as a base for a sauce.
We have put together three recipes that feature our Edenvale wines, but before we dive into these, a few pointers for cooking with wine and why you should give it a go.
Why cook with wine?
Using wine to enhance a dish is all about getting the sugars and acids in the wine to concentrate as they are heated, and impart some of their character and flavour to the ingredients.
The secret to cooking with wine is to avoid it dominating your dish, otherwise you will overwhelm the complex aromas and flavors that define it. Get the balance (and amount) right, and more complex and concentrated flavours will develop, which is when the real magic happens.
What wines can I cook with?
Any chef will tell you to avoid the dedicated cooking wines you sometimes find on supermarket shelves. These have all sorts of additives like salt, sugar and preservatives which you simply don’t need in your dish. Try to stick with a dry red – like our Shiraz, or a dry white – like our Sauvignon Blanc, but also feel free to use a Rosé for deglazing a pan of pork chops, or to poach pears in.
Now let’s get to those recipes, starting with one that’s perfect for summer.
Red wine jelly shots
1 packet orange jelly
1 packet lemon jelly
2 cups boiling water
2 cups Edenvale Shiraz
Pan seared fillet steaks with red wine sauce
4 fillet of sirloin steaks
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons fine chopped fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons cracked pepper
2 teaspoons seal salt
1/4 cup diced shallots
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup Edenvale Cabernet sauvignon
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Poached pink pears with custard
4 pears with stems
1 bottle Edenvale Rosé
1 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
Rind of one lemon
Custard to serve
Looking to make the transition to a low or alcohol-free lifestyle? You can shop all our varietals online, or check availability at your local stockist. Selected products are also available in the beverage aisle at these retailers: