Vincotto is a “cooked wine” and from what I understand it’s made from overripe grapes and can be a lengthy process.  This is a quicker method to obtain similar results.  I used it in a duck recipe, and the remaining bit was so tasty I slathered it over a pan seared chicken breast.

You basically add spices and seasonings to a red wine and cook it until it’s reduced to a syrup.  Very tasty.


  • 3c red wine, something fruity
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1 inch peice of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 2 cloves


  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan with a heavy bottom.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes or until reduced to a syrupy consistency.
  2. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Transfer to a container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

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