Comment on Wine for a chicken and swiss cheese dish? by chefgrille.
Pick up a nice cheap sauvignon blanc. It’s crisp and light. Unlike chardonnay which is too oaky and buttery for me now. Not unless you want your chicken dish to taste like you dipped it in a vat of butter! Hee. Other good light choices are pinot gris or pinot grigio.
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A Sauvignon Blanc is probably the best choice. It’s light, crisp, and will add a light fruity flavor to your dish.
Gewurtztraminer would be perfect …. or a good California chardonnay or Reisling. You should find any of these for between $5-$10/bottle (but you can certainly spend alot more too, if you want!)
A chardonnay would probably work well with the chicken and cheese. Honestly you probably will do OK with a vouvray as well. If you’re serving wine with the meal – I’d go with a chardonnay for that though it’s hard to go wrong with Reisling as it is a great overall food wine. Best of luck with your dish.
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One of the reasons why alcohol is used in cooking is that certain flavor compounds are alcohol soluble, but not water soluble. Alcohol substitutes aren't going to liberate those alcohol soluble flavors. Your dish will not be identical to the original recipe, but it will still be lovely.
When you decide what to use to substitute for the wine, think about what the wine is in the dish for.
If it is to provide acidity in a marinade, fruit juice may be a good substitute. If you substitute juice, it’s going to add a great deal of sweetness to the dish. You might do part juice and part red wine or rice vinegar if you don't want additional sweetness.
If the wine is to add needed (and flavorful) moisture in a dish, I'd use stock. Any kind of stock – vegetable, chicken, beef, veal, you name it. But don’t use bullion from cubes – it will over salt your dish. Don't have any stock? Use water - it won't add any flavor to the dish, but it won't hurt the flavors that are already there.
If wine is called for to deglaze a pan, again, I'd use some stock that would compliment the dish.
Happy eating to you!
Depending on the dish, any kind of stock, chicken, beef, vegetable, could be substituted. The wine usually adds some flavor, but in some dishes it actually tenderizes the meats.
But like Emerel always says, “This aint rocket science” So just substitute anything for the wine…even water ,depending on the recipe
Good luck, oh..and BabBaBaBAMMMMMM!!!!
If you are talking storage, keep it in the basement, out of the light, and dry. Make sure it is laying on its side, and try not to move them very much.
In the cooler go the whites you will drink over the next two weeks, or the reds you will drink in the next 5-7 days.
First of all, alcohol doesn’t steam out of anything however it will burn off if caught on fire.
I recommend a non alcoholic wine. I don’t drink either and use alchohol free wine.
The location should have good humidity and a temperature around 55 degrees.
Store with the wine touching the cork so the cork will not dry out.
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