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red wine vs. red wine vinegar

If a recipe calls for "red wine", can I use "red wine vinegar" instead?


Asked by Anonymous at 1:12 PM on Jun. 17, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • From Wikianswers website:
    Yes, in general, you can substitute red wine in place of the red wine vinegars in most recipes with a few exceptions. Some salad dressings may not emulsify as well and might "break" if no vinegar is used (but a small amount of prepared mustard whisked in can fix that). Also the substitution would not work if the recipe relies on the higher acidity of the vinegar for a chemical process requred in the recipe. An example would be when acids are needed for the denaturing of proteins, which in effect "cooks" without heat, like in the seafood salad Ceviche.
    If a little more acidity is needed for flavor and you are out of red wine vinegar, you can also substitute a mixture of red wine and white vinegar for the red wine vinegar in the recipe. If you try this, add the vinegar a little at a tme, tasting as you go.


    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 1:32 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • No way. Red wine is WINE. Red wine vinegar is VINEGAR. WAY different tastes, and it'll ruin your recipe.

    Answer by kittyhasclaws at 1:17 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • ok.... but its for a marinade. I think it would be ok if I cut the balsamic vinegar a little.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:27 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • Cont'd
    It doesn't usually work the other way around, though. Substituting acidic red wine vinegar for red wine would usually make the dish taste too sharp or sour than intended. If no other alternative is available, you could experiment with watered down red wine vinegar. But in most recipes where a small amount of wine is required, it could also work just to leave it out. White wine can also be used in place of red wine and vice versa in a crunch

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 1:33 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • In case anyone is interested, I omitted the balsamic vinegar and red wine and used that much red wine vinegar. Tasted pretty good and my steaks are marinating as we speak! Here's the recipe i used,1827,146169-241204,00.html


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:04 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • No, red wine is different than red wine vinegar, it could change the taste or consistency of the food.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 3:53 PM on Jun. 17, 2009