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Cooking with Floridas wines will positively enhance your cooking and eating experiences.

Wine is used commonly in marinades, sauces, and poaching liquids for everything from meat to fish to desert recipes.One of the great benefits to cooking with wine is that it naturally brings flavors together by blending flavors as well as sharpening and strengthening them. Cooking with wine can also be considered good for your health. Using wine in food preparation can reduce calories, sodium, fat and cholesterol. The main guideline and objective when working with food is to have fun. Do not be afraid to try something new or to adjust a recipe to your liking.
Cooking with Florida Wines
  • Cook and experiment with wine that you enjoy. It is not necessary to cook with your best bottle of wine, but certainly only use wine that you enjoy drinking. It is also not necessary to cook with the same wine that you are planning to drink with the meal.
  • A small amount of wine can affect the flavor of a dish; so add gradually and taste as you go until you are satisfied. Its much easier to add more than it is to take some out!
  • Adding wine early in the cooking process will help the flavors deepen and develop thoroughly.
  • Adding wine just before you are finished will bring out the sharpness of the wine and create a "crisp" flavor.
  • Use less salt when you add wine to a dish; wine draws out the essence of herbs and spices.
  • All of the characteristics of a wine you cook with will be concentrated by prolonged cooking or reducing of wine; A sweet wine will become sweeter, an acidic wine will intensify in acidity, etc.
  • Use wine as a basting liquid on grilled items such as fish, chicken, or beef. Simply brush wine directly on the product as it finishes cooking.


Recipes for Cooking with Florida Wines:

Florida Style Cioppino
Grilled Marinated Portabello Mushrooms
Red Wine-Citrus Mojo
Sauteed Duck Breast with Red Wine, Pears and Peppercorn Sauce
Sparkling Wine Sabayon Dessert Sauce 
Wild Mushroom and Roasted Pepper Risotto

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