Basic Red Wine Reduction Sauce Recipe

May 16, 2011 5:10 pm

The easy way to turn red wine into a rich sauce

Ever wonder what to do with leftover wine? That is, if you have any. This red wine reduction sauce is the perfect way for oenophiles of all levels to use up wine from last night or to put that just-opened bottle to use for something besides sipping. Half a cup of wine can be reduced into a rich sauce for two. This one is simple and fast to make. You can easily drizzle it over a filet or pork chops, or even use it as a base to braise short ribs. No need for culinary school to achieve success here, even the kitchen rookie can accomplish this rich sauce.

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rack of lamb with asparagus and red wine reduction
photo: Sifu Renka on Flickr
Red wine reduction on a rack of lamb dish
Servings: 2 servings


olive oil, for coating the pan
1/4 cup shallots, minced
1/2 cup red wine
1/2 cup beef stock
2 tablespoons butter
, to taste
1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped, optional
  1. In a saute pan, over medium high heat, add enough olive oil to coat the pan.
  2. Add the shallots and cook until translucent.
  3. Add the red wine and the stock and reduce by half.*
  4. Add the butter and chopped rosemary.

*if you would like a smoother sauce you can strain the shallots out at this point then return to the pan and add the butter and rosemary.

Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
5 minutes
Cooking Time: 
10 to 15 minutes
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