Port Wine Sauce Recipe

Port wine sauce
Port wine sauce. Stuart Minzey / Getty Images
Ratings (12)
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 pint (8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
32 Calories
1g Fat
0g Carbs
0g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Port is a fortified wine with a slightly sweet flavor, and it's often served as a dessert wine. Aging in wooden barrels imparts a nutty flavor, and together these complex qualities make it a wonderful wine for making sauces.

The simplest way to make a port wine sauce is by adding port wine to a basic demi-glace. It's an excellent accompaniment for roasts and steaks.

Note that when you're cooking with wine, it's always a good idea to use a wine that you'd be willing to drink. In general, you should spring for the best quality wine you can afford. Cooking with wine involves reducing it, which concentrates and intensifies its flavors. So you want to make sure that the flavors you're intensifying are good ones.


  • 1 pint of​ demi-glace
  • ¼ cup port wine
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Steps to Make It

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the demi-glace to a simmer and reduce for about 10 minutes.​

Stir in the Madeira wine and swirl in the butter. Serve right away.