The Best Substitutes for Sherry Vinegar

my very best $50+ a bottle balsamic vinegar

A few people emailed me to ask about the sherry vinegar I used in yesterdays salad.

Real sherry vinegar comes from Spain and tends to be a little tricky to find.

The thing is it’s my favourite wine vinegar. Fitting somewhere between red and white wine vinegar with, what I find to be a more rounded flavour than regular wine vinegars.

And without the sweetness and intensity of balsamic.

We’re talking my dessert island vinegar.

Most fancy ‘delis’ or providores that stock expensive olive oils and balsamic should also have a good sherry vinegar.

If you can’t find it, here are the best substitutes (in order of preference):
1. Rice wine vinegar (available in the Asian foods section of my local supermarket)
2. Champagne vinegar
3. White wine vinegar
4. Red wine vinegar

With love,
Jules x

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ruth January 11, 2014 at 12:10 pm

all though a dessert Island would be nice, I think you mean desert.


jules January 13, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Well spotted Ruth!

Although imagine the possibilities!


sue February 11, 2015 at 3:55 pm

*Although ;)


Valerie June 30, 2014 at 3:10 am

Thanks for the handy substitution! I couldn’t find sherry vinegar at the store but always have rice vinegar on hand.


Jules October 16, 2014 at 10:46 pm

Thank you for the tip!
I have tried in all my local shops for sherry vinegar!
and never thought about using rice wine vinegar.


jules October 27, 2014 at 11:11 am

You’re welcome Jules!


sriharsha November 21, 2014 at 2:09 am

I am newbie to cooking and novice when it comes to ingredients. Is it correct to substitute ordinary vinegar for sherry vinegar. Kindly advice.


jules November 25, 2014 at 6:10 pm

You can substitute other vinegars Sriharsha but best to use a wine vinegar so the flavours and strength are similar.


Qeren... January 23, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Is there a vinegar that I can use without wine?


jules January 27, 2015 at 9:10 am

Hi Qeren
Yes try apple cider vinegar


Terri February 8, 2015 at 8:51 am

I’m miles away from a grocer with all the rest of the ingredients on hand. How about subbing lemon juice for the vinegar? A different flavor profile, but I’m feeling lucky?


jules February 10, 2015 at 7:51 am

Lemon juice will usually be fine Terri!


Mariaha April 17, 2015 at 2:04 am

BOOM. You are a life saver Jules!


jules April 21, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Welcome Mariaha!


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