Need a splash of white wine for your recipe, but don’t want to crack a whole bottle? Dry vermouth makes an excellent stand-in. Dry vermouth is a fortified white wine flavored with herbs. It has a distinctive flavor, but one that marries well with the foods in most dishes that call for white wine. It’s easy to keep on hand; it’ll last a long time in a cool, dark cupboard or in the fridge. Use it where a modest quantity of white wine is called for; if a recipe calls for a cup of wine or more, you’re better off buying an inexpensive bottle of white (you can freeze extra wine for use in cooking later on). Chowhounds agree that Noilly Prat is the best brand of dry vermouth for cooking.