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October 18, 2021 | wine | Pacific Rim

Do Red Wine Brownies Exist?

Do Red Wine Brownies Exist?

Oh, my goodness, yes!  But better than those commercials with Santa Claus and the talking M&M candies, these really DO exist!  If you have never tasted red wine brownies, you are missing a major treat. Red wine brownies are not only easy to make but have a delicious taste. The red wine adds a distinctive flavor and aroma to the brownies. 

There are many red wine brownies recipes online calling for red wine to be added to the baking mixture. While some people add cherries to increase the flavor, you can add almonds, walnuts, pistachios, or pecans, as well. The brownies can have a chocolate layer of frosting if you wish. 

To make the red wine brownies, you can either make the baking mix at home from scratch or buy a pre-made mix from a grocery store. All you have to do is swap the red wine for the water.

What Red Wines Can You Use?

Since brownie mix is usually sweet, to begin with, avoid using sweet red wine or bubbly red wine. Instead, select a medium or dry red wine with a moderate amount of tannins, fruity and aromatic tones like Merlot, Pinot Noir, Port, Syrah, Sangiovese (the main grape in Chianti), and lighter-style Cabernets. The extra heat during the baking process will accentuate the flavor of the wine. 

If you are using a medium red wine, then you can replace it with water, but if you are using a very dry red wine, then use a combination of half red wine and half water. 

The red wine brownies go very well with vanilla ice cream. This dessert is a great idea on a warm summer evening after having finished a barbecue. Eating red wine brownies will not make you “tipsy” because the alcohol will evaporate during the baking process.


  • Ready-made brownie mix (one box)
  • 2 eggs
  • Vegetable or olive oil (half a cup)
  • 5 tablespoons red wine of your choice


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Use a non-stick pan or spray a regular pan
  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well
  • Transfer the mixture to the pan
  • Place in oven for 25-35 minutes (the time for baking will be stated on the box)
  • Remove from oven and let cool
  • Apply a chocolate frosting, nuts, almonds, etc., if desired
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream (if desired)

This is a wonderful idea and a great treat!  If you have any questions about the wines you can mix with the brownies, call Pacific Rim and Company at 1.503.863.5454.


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