Still life of a wine bottle, wine glass, and cheeses, with a corkscrew, 2012. (Photo by Tom Kelley/Getty Images)
Food - Drink
The Cooking Substitution You Should Try Instead Of Wine
Not only is wine great to drink on its own, but it's also an indispensable ingredient in many recipes, adding flavor and improving the texture of various dishes. However, some cooks would rather not uncork a whole bottle of wine, only use one or two cups, then leave the open bottle to slowly oxidize and degrade in quality.
Vermouth, which is simply fortified wine, is an excellent substitute for regular wine. This liquor is made by combining a high-alcohol spirit with wine, which adds a preservative effect; once opened, vermouth will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month, making it more convenient for cooking and less likely to go to waste.
As with any ingredient, it's important to understand the flavor profile of your vermouth before adding it to a dish. Dry vermouth is crisp and clear with a flavor that is similar to plain wine, while red vermouth is sweeter and spicier, so give your bottle a taste to see if it's suitable for whichever recipe you're following.
While vermouth is a reliable go-to grab to stand in for wine, beer can also work in some recipes. Completely non-alcoholic substitutes for wine include chicken stock, vinegar, fruit juice, or a combination of ingredients; just make sure any substitute you choose doesn't clash with the fundamental flavors of your dish.