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Oct 23, 2011 03:45 PM

ISO good red wine vinegar

I'm pretty much starting from scratch in my kitchen (though I did tuck away a nice collection of Rancho Gordo and Tierra Farm dried beans).

Anyway, I have never gotten a good bottle of red wine vingar in the past. I don't mean balsamic, just standard red wine vinegar.

I have a number of things I want to try that call for it, so I'm hoping for some pointers to the better stuff.

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    1. If I remember, Cooks magazine thought well of Pompeian among the supermarket varieties.

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      1. re: TenderNob

        I'd rather have local. Just haven't bought anything good at farmers markets either. It was a relief to have to move out of the area and toss that red wine vinegar.

        1. re: rworange

          Love, love, love Katz & Company's Late Harvest Zinfandel Agrodolce Wine Vinegar from Napa (not cheap at $11/375ml. but worth it). They have a Red Wine Trio vinegar as well that I haven't tried. Katz vinegars and olive oils are available at Berkeley Bowl and Market Hall, although you'll have to see which varieties are in stock. Chez Panisse reportedly uses their olive oils. I sampled Katz's vinegars at the Pop-up General Store last year where they offer sips of their products and I immediately began scheming of all this things I could top with the vinegar.

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        1. I buy Vilux, $2.98 / 750 ml at the Bowl last I checked. I haven't found any good, reasonably-priced California wine vinegar.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Do you know if the Berkeley Bowl brand red wine vinegar is any good?

            Berkeley Bowl
            2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Vilux is $5.99/750 ml at Berkeley Bowl East, per shelf label this afternoon.

              ETA: Ah, I see rworange mentioned this (generally speaking) below.

              Berkeley Bowl
              2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

            2. I like the one on tap at the pasta shop on 4th in Berkeley. I think there is a discount if you bring back your bottle for refill.