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Snooth User: RachelNYC

What do you do with bad wine?

Posted by RachelNYC, Feb 16, 2009.

So I just opened one of my experimental bottles (Tempranillo) that I have laying around... and it is not something that I want to continue drinking. When I have a bottle like that I normally use it for cooking. I have made red wine reductions, braised meats with it, added it to soups...

I would like to know what you do with yours?

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Reply by chameleon, Feb 17, 2009.

take it back to the retailer and either get a refund or an exchange. Why put something that is 'off' in your food? You wouldn't do that with the beef or lamb you are cooking.

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Reply by RachelNYC, Feb 17, 2009.

I guess I should clarify... not bad as in corked. Bad as in not tasting good enough for me to want to willing consume it on its own.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 17, 2009.

You can also use it to make your own vinegar but generally I use it so cooking as well. If it's particularly offensive I use to clean the kitchen sink pipes.

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Reply by Philip James, Feb 17, 2009.

Mine goes down the sink, its a horrible waste, but it irks me to have it sitting on the counter for too long.

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Reply by gr, Feb 17, 2009.

Make cognac / armagnac?

;^> (Especially kidding since you're supposed to use specific varieties of white wine for that, so tempranillo is right out.)

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Reply by RachelNYC, Feb 17, 2009.

Too many bottles make it down the sink at my place as well. I was looking for new alternative ways to use them. I have a second bottle of this particular Tempranillo no less.

Well damn gr, no tempranillo... I just unpacked my home distillery and everything. ;)

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Reply by gr, Feb 17, 2009.

You could always try making a rosso vermouth, but good luck tracking down a recipe for one. (They're all pretty closely-guarded secrets.)

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Feb 17, 2009.

Can anyone say "wine fight"?

1 super soaker
1 bottle Tempranillo - 1 glass

Fill and spray.

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Reply by RachelNYC, Feb 17, 2009.

I would think rosso vermouth might be something that needs ingredients to start out tasting good to end up tasting good.

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Feb 17, 2009.

In other slightly related news, can anyone tell me what I can use to remove red wine stains from a white shirt?

It's a big stain.

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Reply by Degrandcru, Feb 17, 2009.

Two options:

1) Have a bottle of good wine before, being drunk the bad wine doesn´t taste that bad anymore

or

2) Invite your neighbours over, even if they don´t like it, they won´t complain...

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Reply by alavaughn, Feb 18, 2009.

You can use the wine to make vermouth! There is such a small amount that you won't notice the offensive Tempranillo taste. You can also dump it in your bath tub and soak in it for awhile. Wine has all kinds of good antioxidants for your skin. You can make sangria with it. You can make a ratafia with it. And yes, you can always feed it to your less discerning neighbors or friends!

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Reply by chaser68, Feb 18, 2009.

sangria :) and kill it with the Triple sec or cooking.

The stain removal for mark.....club soda. Soak away. Going to take a bit though. Hopefully its not your favorite white shirt :)

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 18, 2009.

One additional use - Dying shirts. I've done it with t-shirts, it mostly washes out and eventually your shirt ends up a splotchy tan color but it's fun for a few minutes!

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Reply by alavaughn, Feb 18, 2009.

For the stain removal, get some Wine Away! It's like magic in a little spray bottle. Takes the stain right out!

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Reply by MacMahon, Feb 18, 2009.

Don't drink it - cook with it. Turn the flaw into a virtue, Add flavor to the dish or use in a marinade. Examples: Coq a vin, beef bourguignon. venison, but only for a wine that is drinkable, just not desired.
Your leftover bottles - providing that rare event happens - are even better!

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Feb 19, 2009.

Wine Away and club soda(, twist of lime?). Check.

That's the last time I play wine fight.

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Feb 19, 2009.

Mark - Forget about the Wine Away. You need to auction your shirt online and say the stain is something really interesting... like 2000 Cos d'Estournel or 1976 Robert Mondavi Cabernet.

Then use the proceeds to buy a new shirt and some Wine Away.

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Reply by gr, Feb 19, 2009.

Frame the shirt and hang it in Greg's basement.

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Reply by Eric Guido, Feb 20, 2009.

Wow, amazing how many people choose to cook with wine they don't like. This was one of the seven deadly sins in Culinary School. However, I've yet to work at a restaurant that doesn't cook with an affordable wine that I've yet to see in a glass on the passe. I guess it just sounds really good in the classroom. But seriously, I've gotten lazy regarding this rule in the past and was really unhappy with the final product. I try not to cook with anything I don't like.

As for me, honestly, when I don't like a wine I put it away for a few days in the cellar. I test it again and if it's still bad or worse, I toss it. The flip side of this is that I have had wines that turned into something I enjoyed over the course of a few nights.

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