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100 Recipes Using Leftover Red Wine

If you’re a wine enthusiast, it may be difficult to believe that you would ever have any leftover wine.  I am indeed a wine enthusiast, and I found myself in the unique position of having a bunch of open red wine bottles after a dinner party last weekend.  What could I do with the wine besides drink it?!    I posed this question to my Facebook page, and I received an abundance of suggestions.  First and foremost, I learned that you can actually freeze wine to be used later (it won’t be good to drink, but it will be fine to add to recipes).  Here’s a nice tutorial on how to freeze wine– from The Art of Doing Stuff.  And here are 99 more fun ideas for using up leftover red wine (click titles to reach the recipe).

Oeufs en Meurette (Poached Eggs in Red Wine Sauce) by My French Kitchen
Finnish Pancake with Raspberry Red Wine Sauce by Off the Meat Hook
Yogurt with Red-Wine Poached Nectarines by 80 Breakfasts
Spiced Pear Bread Pudding with Red Wine Glaze by Poor Girl Eats Well

The Best Red Wine Sangria by RecipeGirl
Guignolet (Cherry Liqueur) by Leite’s Culinaria
Gluehwein by Allrecipes
Grape Sangria by RecipeGirl
Mulled Wine by Appetite for China
Red Wine Simple Syrup (for adding to cocktails) by What Julia Ate
Glogg (Swedish Hot Spiced Wine) by Leite’s Culinaria

Red Wine Syrup (to drizzle over cheese) by Macheesmo
Cranberry- Red Wine Meatballs by Confections of a Foodie Bride
Marinate mushrooms in red wine, sprinkle with feta, and serve with bagel crisps for an appetizer.

Sauces and Marinades:
Red Wine- Wild Mushroom Ragu by Hunter Angler Gardener Cook
Blackberry- Cabernet Sauce with Rosemary and Ginger by Christine Cooks
Red Wine Marinade for London Broil by Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Zesty Crockpot Marinara Sauce by The Cooking Photographer
Perfect Pizza Sauce by Gimme Some Oven
Red Wine Reduction Sauce with Mushrooms and Rosemary by Flanboyant Eats
Garden Bolognese Sauce by RecipeGirl

Side Dishes:
Cabernet- Apple Slaw by Bella Eats
Red Wine Spinach by Angie’s Recipes
Red Wine Cranberry Sauce by Alexandra’s Kitchen
Potatoes, Shanterelles & Shallots in Red Wine Sauce by Herbivoracious
Stewed Kale and Tomatoes by Aggie’s Kitchen
Add a little red wine when cooking wild rice.
Use it to saute Portobello mushrooms.

Main Dishes:
Cabernet and Gorgonzola Burger Sliders by Rasa Malaysia
Red Wine Burgers by Confections of a Foodie Bride
Braised Beef with Mushrooms and Cabernet Sauce by Brown Eyed Baker
Grilled Salmon with Raspberry- Cabernet Sauce by Worth the Whisk
Braised Lamb Shanks in Pinot Noir by Leite’s Culinaria
Pork Medallions with Pinot Noir- Cherry Sauce by Noble Pig
Pork Chops with Fresh Blackberry- Pinot Noir Sauce by Dinners for a Year and Beyond
Pinot Noir Pot Roast by Tasty and Gluten Free
Coq au Vin by Simply Recipes
Apple- Merlot Glazed Ham by Cbsop
Pork with Fig and Merlot Sauce by Greedy Gourmand
Coq au Zin by RecipeGirl
Beef Stroganoff by Guilty Kitchen
Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew by The Little Kitchen
Budget Beef Bourguignon by Food Wishes
Beef Brisket with Merlot and Prunes by Sassy Radish
Basic Beef Stew by RecipeGirl
Perfect Prime Rib Roast with Red Wine Jus by Steamy Kitchen
Veal Meatballs in Red Wine Sauce by the Kitchn
Filet Mignon in Red Wine Sauce by Simply Recipes
Slow Cooked Beef Burgundy by RecipeGirl
Steak with Burgundy Mushroom Sauce by The Pioneer Woman
Italian Pot Roast by What’s Cookin’ Chicago
Red Wine Spaghetti with Broccoli by Love & Olive Oil
Pork Chops with Garlic and Wine by The Pioneer Woman
Mushroom and Red Wine Meatloaf by
Red Wine- Mushroom Risotto by Eclectic Recipes
Cabernet Braised Short Ribs with Gorgonzola by Well Fed
Lamb and Black Bean Chili in Red Wine by Forkable
Braised Chicken Legs with Olives and Tomatoes by Opera Girl Cooks
Lasagna by TasteFood
Burgundy Pork Tenderloin by Allrecipes
Red Wine and Rosemary Braised Lamb Shanks by Always Order Dessert
Stewed Chicken with Wine Gravy by Israeli Kitchen
Red Wine Braised Ham by No Recipes
Dark Chocolate and Red Wine Beef Stew by Not Quite Nigella
Pork belly marinated for one night with red wine and soy sauce , and just grill it!!!
Saute Butterflied porkchops in red wine- along with a little basil or thyme or rosemary.
Boil spaghetti in water for 2 minutes, then drain. In another pot, boil 4 to 5 cups of wine- Add spaghetti to the red wine and cook ’till al dente…(5-6 minutes)…in a fry pan sautee in olive oil, 2 gloves of garlic, 2 anchovies (optional) and sprinkle of chilli peppers- toss with the spaghetti and serve!

Tomato Florentine Soup by RecipeGirl
Wild Rice and Portobello Mushroom Soup by Lisa’s Kitchen
Red Onion and Red Wine Soup by What Did You Eat
Make Beef Soup, and mix in 1 cup of red wine.
French Onion Soup by Food Nouveau
Early Autumn Minestrone by Dinner du Jour

Blackberry- Red Wine Chocolate Cake by Love & Olive Oil
Chocolate- Pinot Noir Fondue by Noble Pig
Blackberry Cabernet Granita by The Kitchn
Blackberry- Cabernet Sorbet by Gimme Some Oven
Sugar Free Blackberry Cabernet Ice Cream by Christine Cooks
Merlot Cream Cheese Brownies by Taste as You Go
Cherry Cabernet Brownies by Better Homes and Gardens
Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes by Teacher by Day… Chef by Night
Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes with Red Wine Buttercream by Sensual Appeal
Red Wine Poached Rhubarb by David Lebovitz
Strawberries with Cabernet- Black Pepper Syrup by Rustic Kitchen
Red Wine Chocolate Cake by Smitten Kitchen
Ripe Figs in Spiced Red Wine Syrup  by Sippity Sup
Blueberry Cheesecake Cabernet Popsicles by Endless Simmer
Goat Cheese Custard + Strawberries in Red Wine Syrup by David Lebovitz
Red Wine Chocolate Truffles by Sprinkle Bakes
Red Wine Truffles with Dried Cherries by Art of Dessert
Wine Poached Pears by eCurry
Vegan Chocolate Merlot Mousse by Go Dairy Free

Other ideas:
Make Strawberry- Pinot Noir Preserves by Local Kitchen
Make Spiced Tomato Jam with Pinot Noir by Andrea’s Kitchen
Make Wine Jelly by America’s Test Kitchen
Make Red Wine Vinegar by Boulder Locavore

How to Remove Red Wine Stains by the Kitchn
7 Tips for Cooking with Wine by Stone Soup

There you go!  Let me know if I forgot anything 🙂 


  1. postedOct 18, 2012 3:23 AM

    What a great idea for a post, I’m definitely bookmarking a ton of those recipes!

  2. postedOct 18, 2012 6:03 AM

    I was thinking the same thing – leftover red wine? When does that ever happen? haha. I do sometimes have some and I like to put it in homemade pizza/pasta sauce!

  3. postedOct 18, 2012 7:03 AM

    I love this post! Thank you!

  4. postedOct 18, 2012 8:30 AM

    Great post! I never throw my wine away : )

  5. postedOct 18, 2012 9:14 AM

    Wow this is an AMAZING round-up. As I usually don’t have any wine left over (hey I have a 2 year old and need my wine 🙂 ) this list gives me a great excuse to open another bottle tonight!

    I feel ya on the heat! It was 91 here yesterday with a fire in the hills. Not so fall-ish here in SoCal…

  6. postedOct 18, 2012 9:23 AM

    Thanks! I have so much red wine left from Rosh Hashana and I really don’t drink it – this gives me some great ideas for how to use it!

  7. postedOct 18, 2012 10:09 AM

    I’d crack open a bottle just to make some of these! What a great list of recipes using wine! Thanks for including my kale. 🙂


  8. postedOct 18, 2012 10:35 AM

    What a round up, Lori, wow! I wish I had this post years ago when I had soooo many half-opened bottles of wine going. Lately, more coffee than wine around here 🙂

  9. postedOct 18, 2012 2:04 PM

    Love, love, love this! I always have bottles left over that are suitable for cooking but wouldn’t want to drink.

  10. postedOct 18, 2012 2:14 PM

    Oh my goodness — what a fabulous list! I run into the leftover wine problem often with entertaining and just having little ol’ me here afterwards — am totally bookmarking this roundup! 🙂

  11. postedOct 18, 2012 4:09 PM

    Now THAT is a roundup! The hardest part will be making sure there’s wine leftover. Thanks for including me!

  12. postedOct 18, 2012 5:32 PM

    Thanks for the ping! Great list!

  13. postedOct 18, 2012 6:09 PM

    In my house Lori, ‘leftover’ and ‘wine’ in a phrase would be an oxymoron! However if the occasion were to ever occur (maybe a fire would break out during dinner forcing us out of the house with the wine bottle unfinished) I love this collection of recipes you’ve amassed! Covers every course and possibility! Thanks for including my red wine vinegar too! BTW we’ve interacted in the Facebook blogger group; my name on there is CoffeeAndA BlueVespa (long story on the name but connecting the dots for you!).

    • postedOct 18, 2012 9:32 PM

      Awesome- nice to meet ya!

  14. postedOct 19, 2012 5:27 AM

    Wow! How did you even find all of these recipes? That is a lot of reading i have to do! Have a great weekend!!

  15. postedOct 19, 2012 5:43 AM
    Maria in NJ

    leftover wine!! what?

    wow that is some compiled list, thank you for doing the leg work…

  16. postedOct 19, 2012 5:47 AM

    We always have leftover red wine from the tasting room, so this list will come i handy! Thanks for including my Pork medallions recipe!

  17. postedOct 19, 2012 6:45 AM

    Thank for including my Merlot Cream Cheese Brownies in your round-up, Lori! Such an impressive list… Can’t wait to try some of these recipes!

  18. postedOct 19, 2012 7:11 PM
    Lisa Cornely

    The red wine chocolate cake is a delicious dessert, I made it this week. Great listing of recipes, now I found about 30 new recipes to add to my bucket list.

  19. postedOct 20, 2012 6:51 AM

    What great ideas! I love red wine, but unfortunately my husband doesn’t, so I always have it left over if I decide to open a bottle. These are wonderful – and I love the freezing idea!

  20. postedOct 20, 2012 10:16 AM
    Kim B

    When making my spaghetti sauce, I add red wine to my ground meat when it’s almost done cooking, and let it simmer till absorbed. Then I add more after adding all the tomato products. Sooo rich and delicious!

    • postedOct 21, 2012 9:46 PM

      Thanks for the tip!

  21. postedOct 20, 2012 9:51 PM

    Ahh thank you for sharing my recipe for the red wine cupcakes!!

  22. postedOct 21, 2012 4:20 PM

    Awesome ideas! Can you do the same with white wine?

    • postedOct 21, 2012 9:44 PM

      These are all ideas using red wine only! Maybe one of these days I’ll get around to creating a list for leftover white wine too!

  23. postedOct 22, 2012 2:36 PM

    Love the roundup! Cant wait to make some of these recipes. This is definitely getting pinned for future use. Thanks Lori!

  24. postedJan 7, 2013 11:45 AM

    What a great idea for a post, and such a comprehensive list! Thanks for including a link to my red wine syrup recipe!

  25. postedAug 26, 2014 12:02 PM

    Wow, what an amazing and unique round-up Lori! Thanks so much for sharing one of my recipes. Pinning this now!

  26. postedMay 6, 2017 8:00 AM

    Leftover wine? What’s that? 😉

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