I am making a braised short rib dish and it needs 3 bottles of wine! Any suggestions on a good wine to use? In the past for other braised dishes, I've used a $10 cotes-du-rhone from Safeway with good results, and some meh results on a $13 bottle of barolo from TJ.
Since I need so much wine, wondering if I can make do with maybe the cheaper cotes-du-rhone bottles I've seen at both TJ and World Market. On one hand, I don't want to spend too much money (seems a waste to use a $20-30 bottle for a sauce...would much rather drink it), but on the other hand, don't want to have a blah sauce due to bad wine. I heard the general rule is don't cook with something you wouldn't drink.
Any advice on a good cooking wine ($5-10 range) would be really appreciated. Thanks!