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Top 3 White Wines for Cooking

Abbie Faulkner Aug 23, 2019
If you’ve reached the level of cooking where you’re adding wine to your dishes, congratulations, and welcome to the advanced level of cooking where taste buds are sizzling and you’re getting too excited over new recipes.
Before we give you the best white wines for cooking, and a few new recipes to blow your mind, it’s important to note that if you do not drink these particular wines, do not use them in your cooking.
If you don’t like the taste of a certain wine and you use it in your dish, you might not like the dish, too.
To start off, know that wine has 3 main uses when you’re cooking – as a marinade, cooking liquid and flavouring. The purpose of wine in cooking is to enhance the flavour and act as part of a seasoning.

Sauvignon Blanc

Let's kick things off with Sauvignon Blanc, a true favourite among chefs of all abilities. It is known for it's zingy taste, which is also crisp and aromatic. It features lots of citrus and grassy flavours, and is no surprise how well it gets along with foods of all cuisines.
It excels beside seafood, chicken, and the majority of spicy dishes. It also likes dishes that have herbs, particularly cilantro and parsley! We'll share a few recipes at the end so you can put your skills to the test, but for now why not enjoy a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and learn it's history.

Dry Madeira

Madeira originates from Portugal. It is a fortified wine from the island, and is a refreshing wine to use in dishes with a rich sauce. The wine is produced in 4 distinct styles, but we recommend you try Sercial. If you're cooking a beef wellington any time soon, use Madeira as an extra addition to the gravy.
Dry Madeira wine is quite versatile, with it being perfect for sweet and savoury dishes. This style is known to have come around by accident. With barrels of wine being transported by ships for so long, hot journeys developed a unique cooked character - and we for one are very glad about this creation!


Sherry is an aged white wine that is dry and is made from palomino grapes. It comes in a variety of different forms, so you can really explore and test new dishes when cooking. Sherry originally comes from Spain, so we have the Spaniards to thank for this delicious drink.
Here is an important side note for sherry, do not use cream sherry! Unless you have a recipe that absolutely tells you to add it, then it is not necessary. Cream sherry is very sweet, and can ruin most dishes.


For Sauvignon Blanc - Try the lemon garlic braised chicken

For Dry Madeira - Try the beef fillet, potato rosti & madeira sauce

For Sherry - Try french onion soup