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Cooking with wine adds hidden depths and complexity to sauces, poaching fruit and slow cooking meat. Whilst the style of wine needn't dominate your recipe decision, make sure it is of sufficient quality that you wouldn't mind pouring yourself a glass whilst you cook.
All these recipes use wine in varying degrees, whether it is one of the main ingredients, as in coq au vin, or just a splash to add depth to an accompanying sauce. Find out more about how you could be cooking with wine in the recipes below starting with the basics on how to make the best red wine sauce.
Check out this video from our trusted friends at ChefSteps.com with an in-depth guide on how to make the perfect steak with red wine sauce. Once you've mastered this you never need be short of a decadent dinner idea. Learn more here.
This hearty Tuscan stew is the perfect solution for a winter's day entertaining. Wild boar is slow cooked inside Chianti Classico until tender. Click here for the full recipe.
Chef Paul Bocuse's coq au vin: a delicious classic French chicken recipe with the full-bodied flavour of red wine. Click here for the full recipe.
This is a great elegant dessert to finish a dinner on a lighter note. The red wine adds a spectacular hue to the poached pears. Find the recipe here.
This is a great winter salad option full of vibrant colour and flavour. Apples are steeped in red wine and spices served alongside a juicy grilled steak. Find the recipe here.
This vegan dish is given an extra boost of flavour from Falanghina wine used in the finishing sauce, pairing perfectly with sauteed mushrooms. Find the recipe here.
Beef tenderloin recipe with veal tail, cooked in Merlot wine: a mouth watering main course for the most gourmet dinner by chef Luigi Lafranco.