Pinot Noir Wine Syrup Recipe


Pinot Noir Wine Syrup is excellent served with salmon or beef tenderloin.  In truth, it is also excellent on pork and roast chicken.  The pinot noir wine syrup is based on a very basic caramel sauce.  Check out Roast Salmon Steaks with Pinot Noir Syrup.

I slightly adapted this Pinot Noir Wine Syrup Recipe from the cookbook The Minimalist Cooks Dinner: More Than 100 Recipes for Fast, Great Weeknight Meals, By Mark Bittman.


 Pinot Noir Wine Syrup


Check out Linda’s Butters, Condiments, Sauces, Relish and Jelly Recipes for more great ideas.


Pinot Noir Wine Syrup Recipe:
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pinot Noir Wine Syrup Recipe
Servings: 1 cup
  1. Cook sugar over medium-low heat in a heavy-bottomed nonstick saucepan.  NOTE : I find that by maintaining a low heat, I have more control over the caramelizing process, as it is really easy to burn.  Do not stir (shake the pan occasionally to redistribute sugar) until sugar liquefies and begins to turn brown, about 10 minutes.

  2. Pinot Noir Wine Syrup     Pinot Noirt Wine Syrup

  3. Immediately remove the pan from the heat and slowly add the wine, stirring with a whisk until the caramelized sugar has dissolved; add the sprig of rosemary.

  4. Return to high heat, cook, stirring occasionally, approximately 10 to 15 minutes or until the sauce becomes a syrup and reduces to approximately 1/2 cup.

  5. When sauce is reduced, stir in balsamic vinegar and butter; turn heat to medium-low.  Cook until butter melts.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and remove rosemary sprig.

  6. Storing:  Pinot Noir Wine Sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to three weeks or frozen for up to two months.

  7. Reheating:  To reheat: If stored in a microwave-safe container at room temperature, microwave it on high power for 1 minute, stirring twice.  If cold, it will take a few seconds more.

  8. Yields approximately 1 cup Pinot Noir Wine Syrup.

Recipe Notes

*  The first and most important rule:  Use only wines in your cooking that you would drink. Never, never use any wine that you would not drink!  If your do not like the taste of a wine, you will not like the dish you choose to use it in.   If necessary, you can substitute another type of red wine. 

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