INGREDIENTS

Buyer's guide

Any good-quality red wine can be used for cooking.

Storage

See wine.

Preparation

Red wine can be used to marinate red meat and game dishes, and is essential in many stews, braised dishes and casseroles. It works well with many herbs and spices, from thyme and oregano to chillies and paprika. It is less suited to cream- and yoghurt-based sauces.