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OK, in the technical section it should tell you where the coldest spot in the fridge is. It’s probably on top where the condenser is, like a kitchen fridge. (Ever notice how stuff on the top shelf is colder and almost freezes?) So if that’s the case, I’d put the sparkling wine on top, then the white, then the red on the bottom.

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What are some wine substitutes to use when cooking?
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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!


What are some wine substitutes to use when cooking?
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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!!!!


Should I keep bottled wine in a wine cooler or in a dry place to store it?
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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.


What are some wine substitutes to use when cooking?
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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.


Should I keep bottled wine in a wine cooler or in a dry place to store it?
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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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