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Put That Leftover Holiday Wine To Good Use

Whether it’s a semi-full bottle of crisp white or a half-empty bottle of leftover red, there are creative ways to make the most of unused wine after all the holiday parties come to an end.

The World Wine Guys and Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits offer these ideas to help you put your leftover wine to good use this holiday season:

Make Red Wine Vinegar
Impress your guests by adding homemade red wine vinegar to your next dish. Add one part raw vinegar to two parts leftover red wine then store your mixture in a dark, cool place. Monitor periodically and keep testing until you get the desired vinegar smell, strain and refrigerate. Use as desired on salads and in homemade sauces and marinades.

Create Wine Ice Cubes
If you can’t use your leftover white wine right away, pour the remaining liquid into ice trays and freeze. Next time you’re enjoying a glass, add some of the cubes to your wine to keep it cold. This trick can also work with a rosé or sparkling wine like Josh Cellars California Rosé or Enza Prosecco. Using the frozen wine cubes instead of ice can prevent what you pour from becoming too watered down.

Wine-Based Recipes
Both red and white wines can be used in a variety of different dishes from appetizers to desserts. Keep in mind that open bottles should be used within 2-3 days, so look to use your leftovers sooner rather than later. Try adding wine to a seasonal side dish like these White Wine Glazed Carrots. It can also be used as a savory addition to main courses such as this classic Red Wine Tomato Sauce.

White Wine Glazed Carrots

Recipe courtesy of Deutsch Family and the World Wine Guys, authors of “Red Wine

  • 6          medium carrots, halved lengthwise and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1          tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2    cups water
  • 1          tablespoon honey
  • 2          tablespoons Barone Fini Pinot Grigio
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. In large skillet, combine carrots and olive oil; add water. Cook over medium-high heat until carrots are tender. Add honey and white wine; cook and stir 2 minutes until carrots are glazed.
  2. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Red Wine Tomato Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Deutsch Family and the World Wine Guys, authors of “Red Wine

  • 1          teaspoon olive oil
  • 1          medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1          can whole, peeled tomatoes
  • 1/8       cup Villa Pozzi Nero D’Avola
  • 1/4       cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4       teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2       teaspoon dried sea salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2       teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2       teaspoon basil
  1. In medium-size pot, heat olive oil. Add onion and saute 4 minutes then add minced garlic and saute 1 minute.
  2. Add tomatoes, wine, vinegar, red pepper, sea salt, oregano, thyme and basil; reduce heat and simmer about 40 minutes.

For more information and video on wine, please visit Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits

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  • Reply Michelle S

    Wine cubes is such a great idea! Sometimes I have just a little wine left and throw it away – not anymore!

    November 28, 2017 at 9:58 am
  • Reply Lula Ruger

    I love Red Wine Tomato Sauce I would like to try the White Wine Glazed Carrots they sound really good

    December 13, 2017 at 6:06 pm
  • Reply shelly peterson

    What really great ideas! I love the idea of using it to make Wine Ice Cubes.

    January 2, 2018 at 3:43 pm
  • Reply Cindy Schierl

    Will be trying these recipes – sound yummy!

    January 6, 2018 at 8:53 am
  • Reply Holly Thomas

    I like to make chicken with red wine and mushrooms.

    January 11, 2018 at 5:30 pm
  • Reply Janet W.

    These are fantastic tips! I’d love to make the White Wine Glazed Carrots. They look delicious!

    January 17, 2018 at 6:53 am
  • Reply tat2gurlzrock

    These are great ideas. It just never seems to really last long enough here lol 🙂

    January 17, 2018 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply Calvin

    Wine is great to add into recipes, like the regular grade wines are good in sauces and spaghetti too. I should use it more often. Great recipe idea.

    January 19, 2018 at 6:37 pm
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