Delectable Wine Marinade Recipe for Your Next BBQ

Hello, my fellow food enthusiasts! I am excited to introduce you to my famed Wine Marinade recipe for Poultry and Pork. If you are looking to add depth and complexity of flavor to your dishes, then this recipe is perfect for you.

This wine marinade is a nice Mediterranean influenced marinade made with herbs and red wine. The combination of dry white wine, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, parsley, and olive oil gives this marinade the perfect balance of acidity and herbs that complement poultry and pork beautifully.

I first discovered this recipe years ago while traveling in Italy. Since then, I have used it repeatedly in my cooking with great success. This wine herb marinade brings out the subtle flavors in fish, poultry, and pork alike.

So get ready to take your taste buds on a delightful journey as we prepare this incredible Wine Marinade recipe for Poultry and Pork. Whether you’re having guests over or treating your family to something special, this recipe guarantees a culinary experience that will be unforgettable.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Wine Marinade for Poultry and Pork
Wine Marinade for Poultry and Pork

Are you tired of boring, bland meat? Are you looking for a recipe that will bring excitement to your dinner table? Look no further than this wine marinade for poultry and pork.

First and foremost, this marinade adds incredible depth of flavor to any dish. The combination of herbs like thyme, rosemary, and marjoram, combined with the tanginess of white or red wine, creates a unique and delicious taste that will make your taste buds sing. Additionally, the olive oil ensures each bite is perfectly moist and juicy.

But the benefits do not stop there. This recipe is incredibly versatile, as it can be used on any type of poultry or pork dish. From grilled chicken to pork loin to even mashed potatoes, this marinade enhances the flavor of every meal it touches.

Moreover, if you are watching your carb intake or trying to eat healthily, this recipe is a perfect fit. Not only is it low in carbohydrates, but it also includes nutritious herbs like parsley and thyme that add an extra boost of nutrients to your plate.

Lastly, this wine marinade will impress anyone you serve it to. Its Mediterranean-inspired flavors and herbaceous aroma make it a sophisticated addition to any meal. With this recipe, you are guaranteed to become the culinary star at home.

In conclusion, there are countless reasons why you will love this wine marinade recipe for poultry and pork. Not only does it add unparalleled flavor and moisture to your dishes, but it is also incredibly versatile and healthy. Plus, impressing your guests has never been easier with such a sophisticated recipe under your belt. So go ahead and give this wine marinade a try – your taste buds (and dinner guests) will thank you!

Ingredient List

 Infuse your poultry and pork with the rich flavor of wine.
Infuse your poultry and pork with the rich flavor of wine.

Ingredient List for Wine Marinade

Dry white wine is the base of the marinade, giving it acidity and tang, which helps breakdown the fibers in the protein. Make sure to use a good quality dry white wine that you would also be happy drinking.

Olive oil adds richness and moisture to the meat or chicken. Use extra-virgin olive oil for a stronger flavor.

Soy sauce is an optional ingredient that adds depth of flavor and saltiness to the marinade.

Brown sugar balances out the acidity of the wine and complemented by other flavors in the marinade.

Mix a blend of dried herbs like rosemary, thyme, parsley, and marjoram with chopped fresh herbs like rosemary and parsley. Use both fresh and dried herbs to get a powerful punch of flavor in every bite.

In addition to the above ingredients, gather some pepper, salt, and red wine vinegar.

The Recipe How-To

 This marinade will make your dinner guests say,
This marinade will make your dinner guests say, “Wow!”

Here is how to create this wine herb marinade that will make any poultry or pork dish explode with flavor.


  • 2/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the dry white wine, olive oil, and soy sauce.
  2. Add in the rosemary, thyme, parsley, marjoram, pepper, and salt.
  3. Whisk all ingredients together until well combined.
  4. Use it immediately to marinate your meat or store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

This recipe is so versatile and can be used on pork loin, grilled pork chops, BBQ chicken, boneless pork, mashed potatoes or even on lemon chicken. The best part is that this wine herb marinade is low carb which makes it an excellent choice for anyone looking for a delicious, yet healthy marinade recipe.

Substitutions and Variations

 Elevate your grilling game with this simple yet savory marinade.
Elevate your grilling game with this simple yet savory marinade.

As a sommelier and lover of all things culinary, I highly encourage experimentation in the kitchen. Luckily, this wine marinade recipe lends itself well to substitutions and variations for different meats and flavor profiles.

First and foremost, feel free to swap out the dry white wine for red wine in this recipe. While white wine is the traditional choice for marinades, red wine can add a bold and tannic flavor that is especially delicious on beef or game meats like venison.

If you’re looking to make this recipe for fish or seafood, try adding a tablespoon of lemon juice or balsamic vinegar in place of soy sauce. Additionally, you may wish to experiment with fresh citrus flavors like orange or grapefruit zest combined with thyme or marjoram.

For those following a low-carb lifestyle, this recipe is perfect for grilled boneless pork chops or pork tenderloin, which can be paired with roasted vegetables like asparagus or zucchini. In lieu of mashed potatoes, try serving the dish over a bed of cauliflower rice or crispy kale leaves.

Lastly, if you’re interested in adding a spicy kick to this recipe, try adding one teaspoon of black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes to the marinade mixture – perfect for BBQ chicken or grilled pork loin.

Remember: cooking isn’t an exact science – feel free to play around with the ingredient list until you find the perfect flavor combination that suits your taste buds.

Serving and Pairing

 Give your taste buds a treat with this wine-infused marinade.
Give your taste buds a treat with this wine-infused marinade.

This wine marinade recipe is versatile and pairs well with a variety of dishes. Marinade your preferred poultry or pork meat for at least 2 hours in the fridge, overnight is even better, then grill or roast it to perfection.

For a nice Mediterranean influenced meal, I suggest pairing this herbaceous marinade with some grilled chicken or pork tenderloin. The aroma of rosemary, thyme, marjoram and parsley melds perfectly with those succulent meats.

If you prefer fish over meat, the wine herb marinade also works well on salmon, halibut or sea bass. For those fish, it’s only good to let it sit in the marinade for about 30 minutes before baking, grilling or frying them to medium-rare.

For sides, I highly recommend mashed potatoes or a Caesar salad lightly tossed with olive oil and lemon juice will balance the flavors of the meat or fish.

And lastly, when it comes to beverages, my best pick is a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir or dry white wines like Sauvignon Blanc beside a tall glass of sparkling water with some added lemon juice will complete your meal.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Transform your ordinary meal into something extraordinary.
Transform your ordinary meal into something extraordinary.

This wine marinade recipe is perfect for those who love to plan meals ahead of time. It can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week or frozen for up to 3 months. Just make sure to thaw it in the fridge overnight before using it.

To make sure the marinade penetrates the meat, it’s best to marinate poultry or pork for at least 2 hours, but no more than 12 hours. Over-marinating can cause the meat to break down and become mushy.

If you have any leftover wine herb marinade, don’t throw it away! You can freeze it in small portions and use it as a quick flavor-booster for dishes like soups or stews.

When reheating your marinated dish, do so slowly over low heat. Heat it too quickly and you risk overcooking the meat and losing its tenderness. For chicken recipes or grilled pork chops, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake them in a preheated oven at 350°F for about 15-20 minutes. For pork tenderloin or pork loin, it’s best to reheat them in a skillet over medium heat until internal temperature reaches 165°F.

This wine marinade recipe is not only flavorful but also versatile. It adds a nice Mediterranean influenced taste to your dishes. Whether you’re looking for a low-carb option like grilled chicken or bbq chicken, or want to pair it with mashed potatoes or grilled pork loin – this wine herb marinade recipe is perfect for adding that extra burst of flavor that will make your meal unforgettable.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The secret to tender and flavorful meat? This wine marinade.
The secret to tender and flavorful meat? This wine marinade.

When it comes to marinating, timing is key. You don’t want to over-marinate your meat, as it can become tough and lose its natural flavor. Therefore, marinate chicken and fish for 2-3 hours, but pork can be soaked for up to 24 hours, creating a deeper flavor.

Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature before making your marinade. This will ensure the olive oil doesn’t solidify or separate from the other seasonings.

For best results, use a dry white wine in the herb marinade for poultry, pork or fish. The wine will help to tenderize the meat and let the herbs stand out. However, if you prefer a richer taste profile for your meat, use red wine instead.

When grilling or baking marinated meat, blot any excess marinade off with paper towels before cooking. This helps prevent flare-ups and burning while still maintaining the natural flavors of the marinade.

If cooking poultry or pork with a sweet marinade, add brown sugar for depth of flavor. Soy sauce is also recommended for a unique and savory experience.

Finally, if using fresh herbs in your marinade, chop them finely to release their flavors better.In addition, avoid adding salt to the marinade until after the meat has been cooked because salt can draw moisture out of the meat and make it dry.

By following these tips and tricks, you can ensure that your wine herb marinade recipe will produce tender and mouthwatering poultry and pork dishes every time!


Now that you have all the details for making a delicious wine marinade, you might still have some questions on your mind. I have compiled a list of FAQ regarding the preparation of this recipe, and I’m sure it will set you on the right track towards culinary success.

What wine is best for marinating pork?

When it comes to creating a mouthwatering marinade for pork tenderloin, using different types of red wine can do the trick. While all red wines can be used, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Moscato are preferred as they have a sweet note that adds depth and flavor to the dish.

Does wine tenderize pork?

When it comes to cooking, wine can serve as both an acidic ingredient and a flavorful addition. Incorporating a wine-based marinade while cooking meat, poultry, or seafood can help tenderize the outside and keep it moist throughout the cooking process.

How long can you marinate meat in wine?

For the best results, it is recommended to marinate the steak in red wine for at least two hours. This duration is enough for the steak to soak up the wine’s flavors and to start breaking down the protein to create a more tender bite. However, if you are short on time, a quick marinade of 30 minutes will still provide some flavor. It is safe to marinade the steak in red wine for up to eight hours.

What are the 3 main ingredients when marinating?

When preparing a marinade, there are three key ingredients that should be included to create a flavourful and tender dish: an acidic component, an oil component, and a flavour agent. These ingredients work in harmony to enhance the taste and texture of your meal. The acid of the marinade tenderizes the protein, while the oil adds moisture and richness to the dish. Lastly, the flavouring component provides a diverse range of aromatic and delicious flavours to complement the main ingredient.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, a wine marinade is an excellent way to add flavor and tenderness to your poultry and pork dishes, making them taste delicious and unique. This recipe for a white wine herb marinade is a nice Mediterranean-influenced mix of herbs that will transform any meat into a culinary masterpiece. You can use this marinade for grilled chicken, boneless pork, BBQ chicken, pork tenderloin, grilled pork chops, pork loin, lemon chicken or even fish, depending on your preference.

The marinade is easy to make with ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen. With just a few simple steps, you can have the perfect blend of white wine, olive oil, parsley, rosemary, thyme and marjoram mixed together in a gorgeous marinade that will make your taste buds dance with delight.

Now that you know how to make this stunning wine herb marinade recipe, there’s no excuse not to add some flavor and excitement to your meals. Try it out for your next dinner party or just for a weeknight meal at home. You won’t regret it!

Wine Marinade for Poultry and Pork

Wine Marinade for Poultry and Pork Recipe

This is a nice Mediterranean-influenced marinade. All the herbs in this recipe except for the parsley are dried herbs. This can easily be turned into a beef or lamb marinade just by changing the dry white wine to a dry red wine.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 1 cup
Calories 816.8 kcal


  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, fresh, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 lbs pork or 4 lbs poultry


  • Combine the marinade ingredients in a large non-reactive bowl or one gallon food storage bag.
  • Add the meat or poultry.
  • Turn to coat all sides.
  • Cover or seal tightly.
  • Marinate for at least 6 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.
  • Cooked in preferred method.

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Serving: 342gCalories: 816.8kcalCarbohydrates: 0.6gProtein: 88.5gFat: 47.2gSaturated Fat: 12.8gCholesterol: 259.9mgSodium: 471.1mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.2g
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