I am like clockwork when it comes to wine: Every Saturday evening I pay a visit to our corner wine shop where I pick a nice bottle of red or white and take home to enjoy.

I don’t go out that much these days, instead I prefer having a couple of glass while I watch a movie or work on my latest jigsaw puzzle (I am a huge puzzle fan).

I associate a good glass of wine with relaxation and as a way to reward myself after a long week’s work.


Since Ben’s drink of choice is whiskey, I am often left with a bottle that’s half full by the end of the evening. I don’t drink during the week so it’s either I throw good wine down the sink – which I hate doing – or cook with it.

If it’s white wine I have left, I’ll make a quick pasta dish or use it with mussels and herbs.

If it’s red wine, I use it in stews or make one of my favorite steak sauces of all time: a sauce de vin rouge (red wine sauce) taken from Joe Beef’s cookbook The Art of Living.


Joe Beef’s red wine sauce is simply divine! It tastes like a reduced beef bourguignon with a bitter undertone coming from the chunks of beets used in the cooking process.

The butter makes the sauce velvety and rich, and couldn’t compliment a juicy slab of steak any better than it already does. This red wine sauce is GOOD. VERY GOOD.

So good that I always finish my meal with a slice of bread that I use to soak all the leftover sauce with and wipe my plate clean.


You would think this sauce takes hours to make judging from how well the flavors are developed and how classically French it is.

But here’s the best part: this red wine sauce recipe is VERY easy to make and only takes 20 minutes (mostly unattended)! You can use it on mashed potatoes, as a dipping sauce for french fries, over pork chops, or even chicken -it pretty much goes with everything!


This red wine sauce will keep in the fridge for about a week or you can freeze it and it will be good for a month. For a complete French dinner, serve steak with this sauce and a side of glazed carrots, Julia Child’s creamed spinach, sauteed mushrooms or a frisee salad. Bon appetit!


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Red Wine Sauce

The beef bourguignon of sauces! Rich and velvety red wine sauce (sauce vin rouge) from Joe Beef’s ‘The Art of Living’.

  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauces
  • Cuisine: French


  • 1/2 cup shallots (finely sliced)
  • 1 small red beet (peeled and thickly sliced)
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. In a small sauce pan, mix together the shallots, beet, wine, vinegar, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil over high heat and reduce by half (about 10 minutes). Add beef stock and continue to boil until reduced by half.
  2. Whisk in the butter and season generously with salt. Add pepper, stir and turn the heat off. Serve immediately or let cool until you can transfer the sauce to a storage container.


The red wine sauce will keep in the fridge for up to a week or freeze up for up to a month.

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