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10/24/11 3:13 P

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Sheri -
My sister and I did some wine tasting in Tennessee where she lives and I tasted a Blackberry brandy - thinking - this is going to be horrible. NOT, it was very tasty and I'd only occasionally have just a little bit - when I was chilled or I'd been waking up in the middle of the night - I'd have maybe an ounce and go back to bed and sleep well. Not much, just a little, I'm disappointed that I can't get it back here in Pennsylvania where I live. Blackberry flavored is definitely not the same thing.
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10/24/11 1:56 P

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couzcat..that sounds logical, but I don't drink beer and love to marinade my meat with it. Comes out really good. This new recipe calls for wine and I really don't know an alternative for it.

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10/24/11 11:05 A

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The rule of thumb with wine: if you wouldn't drink it, don't cook with it. Cheap wine will not make for a good flavour in the dish.

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10/23/11 10:00 P

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Thanks everyone! I had already bought the white wine but it's the drinkable one. It was only 2.50 compared to the 6 and way up on the shelf. So I won't be too upset if the rest go to waste.

Calidreamer-I am going to take your advice about going to a wine store and looking for those small bottles. Funny thing is I don't like wine ( although I did have some homemade blackberry wine this summer and that was really good) But I do love the wine decor. That is what I am aiming for in my kitchen.



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10/23/11 9:56 P

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I have no objection about cooking with wine. Personally, I simply don't care much for it so I omit it. I suppose my tastes are not as sophisticated as some.

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10/23/11 9:37 P

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I LOVE cooking with wines - they add a nice flavor. What you can do is go to a liquor store - they have very small bottle in four packs. That way you only have a small bottle open at a time for cooking, if you don't care to drink the wine. I love to saute fresh mushrooms in a white if I'm cooking chicken, or a red if I'm cooking beef. There are lots of things to do with wine. I happen to like it, so it's not a problem for me - but I did just buy the small four packs just to keep for cooking. You don't want to buy a "cooking" wine at the grocery store - too high in something - sodium, I think - but I'm not sure. I've always been told you should cook with something you would drink. An apple wine is really nice too cook mushrooms in.

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10/23/11 8:28 P

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I THINK WHAT YOU BOUGHT WILL BE JUST FINE, ALTHOUGH I HEARD WHEN COOKING YOU SHOULD COOK WITH A WINE YOU WOULD DRINK. BUT I AM LIKE YOU, NOT A DRINKER, AND HAVE NONE ON HAND AND WOULD NOT BE WILD ABOUT SPENDING TO MUCH ON A BOTTLE FOR ONE RECIPE. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW LONG IT WOULD KEEP IN THE FRIG (ANYONE?) AND I ALSO WONDER IF THERE IS ANYTHING TO SUBSTITUTE, LIKE THE OTHER SPARKER ASKED. SOMEONE OUT THERE MUST KNOW WINES AND CAN HELP...THANKS!
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10/23/11 12:17 P

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I have sulfite sensitivities. Will skipping the wine in recipes make tha tmuch differnce? Often when it calls for wine I will put in something harder like brandy/cognac or whiskey. Whiskeys are great for beef.

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10/23/11 12:10 P

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In this case "dry" means "not sweet". Wine sweetness is usually rated on a numerical scale. A 0 is a very dry wine. And a 4 is a very sweet wine. In this case, you'd probably want a 0 or a 1 for the recipe.

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10/23/11 11:53 A

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Okay, I am not a wine drinker nor have I ever cooked with wine. I am trying a new recipe that calls for dry white wine. Went to the wine isle. Didn't see any wine that said Dry white wine. So I just bought white wine. I got the cheapest there is because I do not like wine to drink. Well my question is..would white wine be okay? I looked in the baking section thinking maybe there was a special wine just for cooking that said that but I saw nothing but oil and sprays.

Thanks in advance :-)

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