What is the best wine to use for cooking when the recipe calls for "white wine"?

This is a baked chicken dish.

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cranberry January 22, 2012
For chicken, I too would use dry white vermouth. It is unlikely to cause problems in the finished dish, regardless of the sauce or other seasonings.
 
Sam1148 January 21, 2012
We don't drink much wine here. So for cooking I get a couple of the little "six packs" of white and red. Which are perfect for cooking..and store very well as a large bottle would go bad for using just a cup or so in a recipe.
 
Melusine January 21, 2012
I agree with Susan G - a bottle of dry vermouth is always within reach of my stovetop for deglazing a skillet. There's no guessing on the flavor it will add, it doesn't go bad, so there's no waste.
 
susan G. January 21, 2012
If the amounts are significant and the role in the recipe is central, follow the answers already given. If not, I keep a dry and a sweet vermouth as a regular wine stand in. It's a good keeper, and inexpensive.
 
usuba D. January 21, 2012
Depends . . for example, a high acidic wine is best to bind anything with cheese (such as a fondue), but will curdle cream instantly. Think of the ingredients to match the wine you cook with. Higher quality wine is not always going to make the dish better, in fact, a cheaper wine that may have a distinct characteristic that gives it an imbalance for drinking, will actual give a kick to the dish you are creating.
 
KimW January 21, 2012
I keep an unoaked Chardonnay on hand for cooking. Find an inexpensive one that you like and buy a couple of bottles.
 
hardlikearmour January 21, 2012
I typically use a Savignon Blanc aka Fumé Blanc. You're looking for a dry, crisp wine for cooking.
 
AmyRuth January 21, 2012
I always use wine I would like to drink.... if that helps you
 
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