What’s a good wine substitution for red Burgundy in boeuf Bourguignon?

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Dear Dr. Vinny,

What’s a good wine substitution for red Burgundy in boeuf Bourguignon?

—Sue, Frankfort, Mich.

Dear Sue,

Boeuf Bourguignon (or “beef Burgundy”) is a dish from the Burgundy region of France. It’s a beef stew that’s slowly braised in red wine, usually with carrots, onions and garlic, and garnished with mushrooms and bacon. It’s traditionally made with red Burgundy, a wine made from Pinot Noir grapes. But it’s really OK to use other red wines. Years ago, chef Thomas Keller shared a recipe with us where he suggests using a hearty red like a Cabernet Sauvignon.

I have two criteria for picking a cooking wine, and they’re connected: Don’t cook with a wine that you wouldn’t drink, and the best pairing for the meal is usually going to be the wine used in the recipe or one very similar to it.

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