Best sub for wine in mushroom bourguignon?

I want to make Deb Perelman's mushroom bourguignon this week but i'll be cooking for a few people who prefer not to consume wine, even when cooked. Any suggestions for a substitute? Or should I just make something else altogether?

Marian Bull


Antigoni S. December 26, 2014
I have made Deb's Mushroom Bourguignon a couple of times and the red wine is definitely a crucial ingredient for this. I agree with those who have encouraged you to try a different mushroom recipe. This one needs the wine to balance out the flavors (especially that of the Tomato Paste). If you do really want to make it, I would suggest boosting the flavor of the soup with some beef bouillon. It will give it a little heft and depth of flavor. Let us know if you do try it without!!
ChefJune December 23, 2014
I've made wineless Bourguignons for folks who insisted, but I think they're missing "something." I would make a different mushroom dish instead. Do Deb's recipe when you'll be cooking for folks who will love it the way it was intended to be...
sexyLAMBCHOPx December 23, 2014
I think Verjus would work. I say go for it.
QueenSashy December 22, 2014
It is amazing how most of the dishes with beef and mushrooms also call for red wine. It's almost like Holy Trinity:)

You got me thinking here, is it possible to find a decent beef and mushroom dish without some red in it? Here is a recipe from Williams Sonoma that uses Dijon mustard, maybe that's the way to go....
caninechef December 23, 2014
Stroganoff? which people also make with just mushrooms
QueenSashy December 22, 2014
I agree, wine is the key to bourguignon. I would go with different dish.
mainecook61 December 22, 2014
I made this recipe recently. I think the wine is essential to the recipe for depth of flavor. Why not make something else? If it's mushrooms you'd like to prepare, try this; I clipped this Deborah Madison recipe from Gourmet quite a while ago and it's delicious:
Nancy December 22, 2014
Marian, your choice...if you go for the mushroom bourgignon, use, instead of each cup of wine called for, 7/8 cup broth or juice (apple, tomato or white grape) & 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice or vinegar (to mimic the acidity). See
Nancy December 22, 2014
typo. should have been space after also, then web address begins with "dinersjournal...
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