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May 8, 2011 02:22 AM

Where can I find champagne vinegar in Paris?

Just moved to Paris and I'm stocking my pantry. I've tried Momoprix, BioCoop, Maille (they had sherry vinegar, so trip wasn't a total loss), and Le Grand Epicerie. Is champagne too precious in France to be made into vinegar? I brought all my Mexican necessities with me on the plane but I never guessed I'd need to pick up some champagne vinegar at Whole Foods before leaving the US!

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  1. I might try Da Rosa on rue Buci and Huiterie Leblanc on rue Jacob.

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    1. re: Nancy S.

      I have gotten it at Huiterie Leblanc in the past.

    2. I have lived all these years and did not even know it existed! Does it really taste different to white wine vinegar and does it have bubbles? Really intrigued...

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      1. re: monchique

        It's much nicer than regular wine vinegar for salad dressing. No bubbles. I did find a chardonnay grape vinegar yesterday at Le Grand Epicerie that might be a good substitute

        1. re: perduinparis

          Thank you for the explanation. I have looked it up and found this article: . It seem s to be known as "vinaigre de Reims" although I have to admit I have never heard of this either... We live and learn. Good luck with your search.

          1. re: monchique

            Thanks for the link! I'll go back now to some of these stores and look for Reims instead of champagne. Never considered it would be named for the region and not the grape.

            1. re: perduinparis

              It is probably because the word / appellation "Champagne" is so protected it can only be used for the specific wine produced in the region itself (except in the US!). Calling vinegar Champagne might be confusing...

            2. re: monchique

              y'know, that makes a ridiculous amount of sense.

              The kind that makes you smack your forehead and groan "well, duhhhh"

        2. Lafayette Gourmet should have it.

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          1. re: Ptipois

            Thanks for the tips! I'll look this week.

          2. It won't be Champagne vinegar, but try a Portuguese grocery for white wine vinegar.

            1. Purchased chardonnay vinegar at G Lafayette about a month ago, does the job. l would recommend, however, you try a bottle of Martin Pouret Orleans method vinegar. Very inexpensive, this product is produced as wine with cepage, aging, fermentation, the full monty, then the mother added at the last minute to make it vinegar. For my taste it is the best, and Pouret is the only producer left that can be obtained out of the region. He also makes a champagne vinegar, but his plain white is so awesome, l stop there.

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              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                DCM, if you find a place (Paris) that sells his moutarde "Unctueuse", please let us know. Harder than hens teeth to find.