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Jan 5, 2008 06:40 AM

Sherry Vinegar: Why Can't I Find Any?

I've come across several recipes lately which call for sherry vinegar, but I can't find it in stores. I've tried several groceries, gourmet markets, Whole Foods, etc.

Is it just me? I thought sherry vinegar was pretty common.

Where do you buy it? What is an acceptable substitute?

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  1. I couldn't find it either. We eventually got a shop that sells high end Olive Oils and Vinegars and they had it. Problem is I can't remember what recipe I needed it for.

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    1. re: Eric in NJ

      Hi Eric: I've had the same problem. I finally started copying the recipe first, then making a separate shopping list, and keeping the recipes on my refrigerator with a magnet. And this works.

      I suppose we've all done this at some point.

      Mark S. from Detroit, MI

    2. We love sherry vinegar. Last time we went to a Portuguese restaurant in Newark (we live in Jersey) we raved so much about the sherry vinegar on our salads that our waiter ended up gifting a small bottle to us. Sherry vinegar is dark and more acidic (wine vinegars tend to be), so I really can't comment on a good substitute. I guess if you are looking at adding a small amount just to brighten a dish you could substitute another wine vinegar, like red wine.

      I believe that the last time we purchased it, we did so at Wegmans. There are two good websites you can purchase it from or from

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      1. re: kolachman

        kolachman, if you aare in the Red Bank area of NJ check out Carter & Cavero:

        Outrageous oils and vinegars. That's where I got my Sherry. We also bought a bottle of Pomegrante Balsamic.

        1. re: Eric in NJ

          Eric-I am in Princeton, but always willing to travel for good eats. thanks for the tip.

      2. They care sherry vinegar at the Stop and Shop in least they did a year ago when I bought some there.

        1. Whole Foods knows about it, see Whole Foods site for discussion of vinegars. The nearest place I found with a brick and mortar store was 100 miles from you in Cincinnati, not very practical. Multiple net sites for ordering but one person says she just uses sherry instead. Perhaps you might try sherry and some other vinegar in combination.

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          1. re: wolfe

            We drive to Cincinnati periodically--which store has it?

            1. re: mamaciita

              Sur Le Table
              Rookwood Commons - Cincinnati,OH
              2673 Edmondson Road
              Cincinnati, OH 45209

          2. Do you have a Fresh Market? I'm pretty sure I saw some there recently.

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            1. re: meatn3

              Fresh Market
              KY, Louisville
              10480 Shelbyville Road
              502 244 1844
              However, their net site shows several interesting vinegars but no sherry.