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Wine in a vinagrette?

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Has anyone ever used the wine that will be served for dinner in place of a mild vinegar? Possibly the remnants of a bottle that should not go to waste?

I would appreciate any comments on whether or not you have seen it done. Thanks H. Lee

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Has anyone ever used the wine that will be served for dinner in place of a mild vinegar?  Possibly the remnants of a bottle that should not go to waste?

I would appreciate any comments on whether or not you have seen it done.  Thanks  H. Lee

Not in lieu of, but a tad of nice red in the vinigarette helps the flavor.

And ,you can take the leftover wine and make a very nice vinegar out of it

Bud

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Bud-

Could you tell me more? Do you keep the ratios the same? 1 to 3 or 4? What types of vinegar do you use? Is there a recipe that you can forward to should I just go into the kitchen and start playing?

H. Lee

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Wine doesn't really have the acidity needed to make a good vinaigrette-type dressing, so if you want to do a wine-based dressing you'll want to be sure to compensate by adding something like lemon juice for acidity.


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It also wouldn't be a bad idea to reduce the wine a bit and then mix it with a little more acid. It will hold a better emulsification and intensify the flavor.


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I've made this salad lots of times--it's very tasty. It's got a bit of sweet wine mixed with vinegar for acidity.

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Bud-

Could you tell me more?  Do you keep the ratios the same?  1 to 3 or 4?  What types of vinegar do you use?  Is there a recipe that you can forward to should I just go into the kitchen and start playing?

H. Lee

I start with the usual 1to 3 and then add a bit of straight red wine for added flavor...Have never measured...Add and taste..

A squeeze of onion and garlic juice helps as well...

For vinegar I Usually use homemade red wine vinegar, or Sherry vinegar (la posada) A bit of lecitin also keeps it emulsified as well..

Bud

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years ago we used to make a burnt wine salad dressing. it was in the nouveau days. you pour your older wine in a very hot sauce pan and cook it down by half. then wisk in a touch of dijon,salt and pepper then a light oil (grapeseed or corn). you will see that you dont need much oil,,more like equal parts. try this,,,it really is pretty good!

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