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Wintery Red Wine Sauce

Contributed by: NAPSA

Entertaining With Red And White Wine; How To Please Everyone At The Dinner Table (NAPSI) - One guest likes white wine, while one prefers red. But some meals pair better with white, while others match up better with red. It's the red vs. white wine dilemma and it's a classic dinner party challenge. So what's a host to do?

Alice White Semillon-Chardonnay
One solution is to prepare a single dish, such as roast chicken breast, and serve it with two sauces. The recipes below are delicious, easy to prepare and pair nicely with wines from Alice White.

Now your guests will be able to enjoy their favorite type of wine and you'll have the comfort of knowing no etiquette rules have been broken.

Here's what to do: Serve the chicken on a platter and pass to each guest. Next, pass the sauces and let the pairing fun begin. If your guests decide to experiment with both sauces, don't worry, because they taste great together.

The pearl onions in this sauce become tender and take on a beautiful mahogany sheen. The complex flavors get spicier if made the day before. Serve with Alice White Cabernet Sauvignon, a bold and flavorful wine that's sure to be a hit.


  • 1/4 cup dried porcini mushrooms
  • 3 thick slices bacon
  • 1 1/2 cups pearl onions, peeled (frozen are okay)
  • 2 whole allspice berries
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 1-2 cups good-quality beef stock, preferably unsalted


Soak mushrooms in a small bowl with 1/2 cup hot water. Chop the bacon in 1/4-inch squares and cook it slowly in a heavy skillet over medium heat until light brown but not crisp, stirring regularly.

Remove the pieces of bacon and set aside. Add pearl onions to pan and lightly brown them in the bacon fat, about 7-8 minutes.

Crush peppercorns and allspice berries on cutting board with the back of a slotted metal spoon. Carefully pour off the mushroom soaking water (to leave any sand behind), or strain it through cheesecloth or coffee filter. Add mushroom liquid to skillet along with wine, spices, bacon and beef stock. Let this bubble and evaporate down to about 3/4 cups sauce.

Chop mushrooms and stir them with flour in a small bowl; whisk in and simmer slowly to thicken and reduce sauce a little more. Season with salt as needed.

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