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Sherry Vinegar: Why Can't I Find Any?

mamaciita Jan 5, 2008 06:40 AM

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. Eric in NJ RE: mamaciita Jan 5, 2008 06:44 AM

    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
      mark sudia RE: Eric in NJ Oct 14, 2009 10:30 AM

      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

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      kolachman RE: mamaciita Jan 5, 2008 06:57 AM

      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 http://tienda.com or from http://igourmet.com.

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        Eric in NJ RE: kolachman Jan 5, 2008 10:10 AM

        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.

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          kolachman RE: Eric in NJ Jan 5, 2008 01:22 PM

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

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        meagan RE: mamaciita Jan 5, 2008 11:34 AM

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

        1. wolfe RE: mamaciita Jan 5, 2008 06:51 PM

          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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            mamaciita RE: wolfe Jan 6, 2008 05:32 AM

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

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              wolfe RE: mamaciita Jan 6, 2008 08:40 AM

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

          2. meatn3 RE: mamaciita Jan 5, 2008 07:33 PM

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

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              wolfe RE: meatn3 Jan 5, 2008 07:42 PM

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

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              E.D. Bell RE: mamaciita Jan 5, 2008 08:01 PM

              Mamaciita, sherry vinegar does not always have the word "sherry" on the bottle. Look for the words "vinagre de Jerez."

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              1. re: E.D. Bell
                MMRuth RE: E.D. Bell Jan 6, 2008 05:38 AM

                Yes - I wonder if that might be the issue. Usually WF's has a couple of varieties - both here in Manhattan and at the one in Minneapolis.

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                amini1 RE: mamaciita Jan 7, 2008 07:34 AM

                Williams Sonoma also carries it.

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                  Mother of four RE: mamaciita Jun 14, 2009 04:04 PM

                  They seem to have it in every supermarket I go into!

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                    pikawicca RE: Mother of four Jun 14, 2009 05:28 PM

                    This is my experience, as well.

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                    cimui RE: mamaciita Oct 15, 2009 10:42 AM

                    Mamaciita, if you drive to Cincinnati on occasion, stop in at Jungle Jim's. They have a wide variety of sherry vinegars and just about every other variety of vinegar you can imagine. My parents make a pilgrimage from Lexington, KY once or twice a year. I used to laugh at them for getting so excited about a grocery store, but after visiting myself, I completely understand. :)

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                    1. re: cimui
                      decolady RE: cimui Oct 2, 2010 09:24 AM

                      I realize this thread is a year old, but WOW, I love Jungle Jim's, too. Go shopping there whenever I get up north to visit my brother.

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                      coorltlady RE: mamaciita Sep 25, 2010 10:09 AM

                      Depending on where you live, if you have Dregers or Lunardi's you can get it there. I'm sure if you google Sherry Vinegar you can get it on line as well. Good luck...

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                      1. re: coorltlady
                        wolfe RE: coorltlady Sep 25, 2010 11:56 AM

                        Mamaciita lives in Louisville Kentucky according to the profile.

                      2. achefsbest RE: mamaciita Sep 26, 2010 08:52 AM

                        Don't know if you have a Trader Joe's in the area, but I've seen it there.
                        There is Spanish Table. Maybe you can order online from them.

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                          ospreycove RE: achefsbest Sep 26, 2010 09:24 AM

                          Zingermans .com has an excellent selection of Sherry Vinegars

                        2. scubadoo97 RE: mamaciita Sep 26, 2010 03:22 PM

                          kinda hard to find in my neighborhood. Most of the grocery stores have every flavor of balsamic vinegar but no sherry. I found one brand at a health food store near by but the big 3 grocery chains don't seem to carry it.

                          1. hill food RE: mamaciita Sep 26, 2010 08:41 PM

                            this reminds me of when I was living on the edge of the Tenderloin in SF in the late 90's there was a deeply scary store that was covered in dust and a distinctly bad odor coming from the cold cut case, but it was also sort of fascinating and once I found about 6 bottles of imported sherry vinegar that been aging there since the Ford administration for less than $2 a bottle. wow that stuff was good.

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                              firtree RE: mamaciita May 12, 2011 08:23 AM

                              Late to the party, but I use O Olive Oil's Sherry Vinegar. You can find it at most upscale grocers or even easier, go to their website and order it. Yummy!

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