My Best Wine Marinade

"I've used this for more than 20 years. After the mixture cools, I pour it into a ziplock bag and toss in the beef, squeezing out the air. After marinating, season meat as normal. 6/2001 update: I've used white wine in place of red to marinade pork ribs with an exceptional outcome. For ribs don't forget to remove silverskin (easy to do by pulling away with a paper towel) and season as usual. Apply a bbq or finishing sauce to complete in final minutes of cooking."
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Ready In:
1 cup




  • Place all ingredients into a small saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Cool completely and marinate at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • ***Season meat with salt before cooking.

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  1. Only an hour and a half of marinating time didn't go to waste! This was delicious and I will marinate for longer next time. Also, the steaks are a lovely pink colour! :) Thanks for the terrific marinade recipe Gailann! Made for 1~2~3 Tag.
  2. This marinade is so good! Had a two pound eye of round roast that I marinated in a ziploc bag in the fridge for about 2 hours. Put the roast with the marinade in the oven and it was tender and juicy with great flavor. I was a little worried about to strong of a flavor for us but we enjoyed the roast a lot. Will make this again when we are putting together something for the grill. Thank you gailanng for posting one of your favorite marinade recipes. Made and reviewed for the Australia/NewZealand Forums Recipe Swap #29.
  3. Great marinade plus so much more! I marinated a roast for about 3 hrs and then put the roast in the crock pot and put the marinade right in there with it. I also added a packet of french onion soup mix to the crock. When I came home from work, I could smell the wonderful aromas coming from my house before I even got the front door open! I used the juices and made the most amazing mushroom gravy! The flavors from the marinade really added something special to the gravy. I served the meat with garlic mashed baby red potatoes. What a great meal! We really enjoyed this so much. Thanks Gailann!
  4. This marinade has a great taste. My steak was in the marinate at least 1 hour but next time I'll let it in the marinade overnight. Thanks Gailanng :) Made for Holiday tag
  5. A zippy, robust marinade that will send the steaks and beef off the diving board right into the pool. Wow, this is really, really nice, and perfect for my needs. I had an uncorked bottle of red sitting around (why?) so I knew I needed to use it, and I needed a marinade. Came right here and got the delight of the day, and a perfect marinade it is. I didn't change one thing. Except I used 3 round uncracked pepper corns. Let the steak sit quietly in the marinade for about 3 hours and away we went. Thank you so much! Made for Everyday is a Holiday June 2009


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