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.
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. Make sure that the flavors you're intensifying are good ones.
- 1 pint of demi-glace
- ¼ cup port wine
- 1 tablespoon butter
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the demi-glace to a simmer and reduce for about 10 minutes.
Stir in the wine and swirl in the butter. Serve right away.