What are some of the reasons for cooking with wine? Ask The Wine Ladies.

Cooking with wine

Cooking with wine

Dear Wine Ladies,

I am a culinary student and am part of a group project that is looking at cooking with alcohol. What are some of the reasons for cooking with wine, what does it do to the food and does the acidity in wine play a role?


Brampton, Ontario

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Dear Cynthia,

 A splash of wine or definitely a cup or two depending on the recipe can definitely add another dimension to the gastronomic experience. Cooking with wine adds extra flavour; it acts like a turbo booster, just as garlic, salt, pepper and even lemon does. It can also add extra body, complexity and texture. It is great for adding acidity to rich dishes, can serve to tenderize and impair flavour as well. A few hints we’ve garnered over the years from award winning chefs include;

1.       Make sure you let the wine cook off before adding another liquid such as stock. If you add them together the result will have an “uncooked wine” flavour.

2.       Reserve the better wines for the finishing off of a dish when the flavour will be more present, for dishes that require longer cooking time such as braising, a lesser wine will be fine.

3.  For a winning combination using our iconic icewine try this recipe we  found “Vineyard Leg of Lamb with Icewine Fig Compote. It can befound in the book Icewine, by Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser, foundersof the beautiful, award winning winery Inniskillin.

4. To “save” a dish in which you’ve used too much wine, re-establish  balance by adding more butter or olive oil.

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Can you tell us a little about Spanish wines? Ask The Wine Ladies as heard on ConnectMeRadio.com

Dear Wine Ladies,

Over the last little while it seems that Spanish wines seem to be popping up at various dinner parties and get-together’s more and more. We really enjoyed one of our most recent white wine discoveries called Viura (we think). Which we were told was a Spanish wine that cost less than $15.00. Neither my boyfriend or I can remember where it came from in Spain. We were wondering if this is the name of an area, a brand name or a town. Any additional info on this wine would be appreciated.


Barrie, Ontario

Dear Barbara,

To be sure it seems that the wines of Spain have been enjoying an increase in popularity over the last little while. The wine you are asking about is actually the name of an historic grape variety. It is the most planted white grape in the legendary red wine region of Rioja in the north-east. It is also widely planted in other areas of the north-east of Spain where it goes by the name Macabeo.  And in Roussillon in southern France where it is known as Macabeu.

Typically Viura can be made as a single varietal wine or blended with other grapes (as in Rioja where regulations now permit international varieties such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc to be used up to 49% of the blend). It is a varietal that presents its challenges in the vineyards but more and more producers in the area are getting serious about Viura and willing to take the necessary steps, some quite costly to get the best out of the grape. The plantings in Rioja are quite old, many going back up to 45 years which allows for greater complexity in the final product in the hands of a good viticulturist and winemaker. Well balanced, lively crisp wines with alluring aromas of apple, lemon and sometimes hint of honey can be found, and are delicious to be sure. Perhaps you recently tasted the Beronia 2012 Viura which was available in Ontario for $14.95, a great buy to be sure.

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Wine Trivia from The Wine Ladies. Which is not true of Luxembourg?



Which is not true of Luxembourg?

1. The country is not overly concerned with export as most of the country’s wine production is consumed at home.

2. There is a 2000 year old tradition of winemaking.

3. It is second in highest wine consumption per capita in the world, first is Vatican City.

4. The country  is primarily producing red wines.

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SORRY! The answer is #2.

Napa County is in the North Coast region while Los Angeles County and San Diego County are in the South Coast.

Please try again tomorrow!

Which of the following groupings do not fit?

1. San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Santa Cruz County 20%

2. Napa County, Los Angeles County, San Diego County 45%

3. Sonoma County, Mendocino County, Marin County 35%

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Susanne's Wine Pick

Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Susanne’s Wine Pick.


Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc

Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc

Susanne and Sauvignon Blanc. The perfect pairing!

I love a fresh, crisp, aromatic wine packed with grapefruit and gooseberry… with good acidity to stand up to my penchant for a rich dish!

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La Crema Pinot Noir Los Carneros 2012, Georgia’s Wine Pick.

La Crema Pinot Noir Los Carneros

La Crema Pinot Noir Los Carneros

Although known as “the heart-break grape” this Pinot Noir  is heart warming, mouth watering and simply delish! Ooh how I love this wine! The rich velvety texture, the  the ripe cherry fruit, earthy spice, creaminess and lingering finish.

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This appellation is known for producing California’s most elegant Pinot Noirs.

The Carneros appellation which straddles the county lines of both Napa and Sonoma is known for producing some of California’s most elegant Pinot Noirs. The appellation is situated not far from the shores of the San PabloBay. One of the key factors is the constant wind acting as a relentless cooling force. Keeping the heat in check and the availability of ample acids required for well balanced and lively wines. 


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Winemaking on the island of Santorini dates back as far as the Bronze Age. A volcanic explosion circa 1650 left the island covered with lava, Pumice stone and ash which laid the foundation for unique and perfect soils for the production of distinct wines today. Which of the following is false?

1. Santorini is one of the wine producing regions of the Aegean Islands of Greece.
2. Santorini is a designated AOC region.
3. Santorini is well known for producing classic varietals Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.
4. The grape Assyrtico and the world famous Vinsanto are both very important  to the island of Santorini.