The Best Substitutes for Sherry 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, it adds a softer, more rounded flavour than regular wine vinegars.

Plus it doesn’t have the sweetness 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. It’s worth the effort to track some down.

If you can’t find it, here are my favourite substitutes.

Best Substitutes for Sherry Vinegar

(in order of preference)

1. Rice Wine Vinegar
Also called ‘rice vinegar’ this is the closest in flavour profile and acidity strength to sherry vinegar. It’s available in the Asian foods section of my local supermarket.

2. Champagne Vinegar
The next closest is champagne vinegar which tends to be slightly sweeter and less harsh than your usual wine vinegar.

3. White Wine Vinegar
Another good substitute. I find most brands to have a harsher or stronger acidity so I would use slightly less if substituting.

4. Red Wine Vinegar
Unless its home made, red wine vinegar is usually has the strongest and harshest flavour. If using it as a substitute for sherry vinegar, again start by using less and add more as needed.

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With love,
Jules x

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