Substitute for White Wine

Substitutes for White Wine in Cooking

Many recipes require using white wine as an ingredient. If the recipe you’re cooking requires white wine, but you not have any on hand, there are other items that you may use as a substitute. You can substitute all of the different bodies of white wine that will complement the meal you are cooking, such as full, light or medium.


White grape juice, apple juice and apple cider can be used as a general substitute for most types of white wines. Use equal measurements as a substitute. You can also use an equal measure of apple juice plus 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract to substitute for full-bodied white wines.

Nonalcoholic Wine

Nonalcoholic wine is another substitute if you do not have access to white wine. You can use equal measurements to substitute. If you decide to use nonalcoholic wine, add 1 tbsp. of vinegar. This will reduce the sweetness.


If the recipe that you are using calls for a dry white wine, such as chardonnay or Chablis, vegetable and chicken broth can be used in its place. You can also use chicken bullion, prepared to the instructions on the box. You can use equal measurements when using any of these substitutes.

Other Liquors

Some recipes call for a heavy white wine, such as Riesling or pinot grigio. To substitute for these wines, you can use other liquors, such as sherry or brandy. You can substitute equal measurements of these liquors as well.

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