When you have a lot of random bottles of leftover wine, try putting them to good use that intertwines it with food. Make a ‘Red Wine Granita with Vanilla Ice Cream.’ It’s made with ½ bottle of red wine, 1/3 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, and 1 pint of vanilla bean ice cream. Pour half the bottle of wine in a large baking dish; in a small pot, heat the water and sugar until sugar is dissolved; pour sugar-water mixture into the baking dish, and then combine with the wine. Place in the freezer, and after an hour scrape the sides with a fork, bringing the ice crystals to the middle. Repeat this process every 30 minutes for about 4 hours. To assemble the dessert, place one scoop of vanilla bean ice cream in a small glass and top with big spoonful’s of the granita.
If you ever have a really annoying grease stain that you can’t seem to get out, use white wine to solve that problem; scrub the grease using white wine mixed with baking soda. It will absorb the stain leaving the area as good as new. Just make sure to let the solution sit for a few minutes before wiping it off. If you find a wine that is no longer good to drink, but not terrible, use it to rinse off fruits and vegetables and water to kill unwanted bacteria on their surfaces. You can moisturize your skin with red wine; next time you’re in the bath, spike the water with a liberal pour (1-2 cups) of leftover wine. Its reparative resveratrol and exfoliating tartaric acid soften, disinfect, and regenerate your skin, leaving it smoother. You can even enjoy a nice fresh glass of wine while you soak in this fun mixture. Enjoy.