What can you do with old chardonnay?

Answered by Frank Schwing

When it comes to leftover Chardonnay, there are plenty of creative and delicious ways to make use of it, rather than letting it go to waste. Here are five ideas to help you enjoy every last drop of your old Chardonnay:

1. Drink it! This might seem like an obvious choice, but sometimes we forget that wine is meant to be enjoyed. If your Chardonnay is still in good condition and hasn’t gone bad, why not pour yourself a glass and savor the flavors? Pair it with a light meal or simply enjoy it on its own as a relaxing treat.

2. Freeze it in ice cubes: If you find yourself with a half-empty bottle of Chardonnay that you don’t plan on finishing anytime soon, freezing it in ice cube trays is a great way to preserve it for later use. These wine-infused ice cubes can be used to chill down a glass of Chardonnay without diluting the flavors. They can also be added to other beverages, such as sparkling water or cocktails, to add a subtle hint of wine.

3. Stir up Chardonnay sangria: Sangria is a refreshing and fruity drink that can be made with a variety of wines, including Chardonnay. Simply combine your leftover Chardonnay with some fresh fruit, a sweetener like honey or simple syrup, and a splash of citrus juice. Let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours to allow the flavors to meld together, then serve over ice for a delightful summer sipper.

4. Enjoy a Chardonnay spritzer: If you prefer a lighter and more refreshing way to enjoy your Chardonnay, consider making a spritzer. Mix equal parts Chardonnay and sparkling water or soda water, and add a squeeze of lemon or lime for some extra brightness. Serve over ice and garnish with a slice of citrus or a sprig of mint for a simple and thirst-quenching drink.

5. Dish up a white wine sauce: Chardonnay is a popular choice for making white wine sauces due to its buttery and slightly oaky flavors. Use your leftover Chardonnay to make a quick and easy white wine sauce that can elevate a simple weeknight dinner. Sauté some garlic and shallots in a bit of butter or olive oil, then add your Chardonnay and simmer until it reduces by half. Stir in some cream or broth, season to taste with salt and pepper, and you have a versatile sauce that can be used to dress up pasta, chicken, fish, or vegetables.

These are just a few ideas to get you started, but don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with your leftover Chardonnay. Whether you choose to drink it, freeze it, mix it, or cook with it, you can make sure that no drop goes to waste. Enjoy!