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American Barrel California Sherry Vinegar


Made with California Sherry this vinegar is our take on a classic Spanish-style vinegar with some unmistakable added swagger from The Golden State. Sherry is a fortified wine from Spain's Jerez region, renowned for its wide range of styles from dry to sweet. Its complex flavors and versatility make it a favorite for both sipping and cooking, especially when it comes to sherry vinegar!

This nutty vinegar is double barrel aged. 

It first spends 3 years at the winery in California.  We then slow ferment it in small batches using a unique process we recreated from the early 1800s and then barrel age it again.  Because sherry vinegar is higher in acid the fermentation is extra slow which contributes to a mellower flavor, despite the higher acid.

Like all of our vinegars, this vinegar is raw and unfiltered and is then hand bottled for you to enjoy.

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Our American Barrel California Sherry Vinegar is fermented using sherry from California. 

The original sherry wine is made from Palomino and Pedro Ximenez sweet grapes grown in California and then barrel aged at the winery for three years.  Vinegar fermentation begins when the sherry reaches us in New England and is then barrel aged again after vinegar fermentation.

Sherry vinegars are traditionally high acid and our California Sherry is no exception.  This is our highest acid vinegar and is well-balanced through longer fermentation and longer barrel aging, as well as its lovely underlying nutty nose.  

8.5oz glass bottle

Perfect For
Vinaigrettes, cold soups, tomato dishes, roasts, and pan deglazing.

Fermentation Base
California Sherry Wine

California sherry wine vinegar

Base Origin

Taste Profile
Classic sherry vinegar with a nutty acid-balancing note.  

Production Process
Slow fermented. Aged in 25-gallon American oak barrels. 

Minimum Acidity

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Worth Waiting For

Modern vinegars have lost their way, so we stepped back in time to recreate a process from 1823.  Our equipment doesn’t exist anymore so we remade it in partnership with local universities.

After slow fermentation our vinegars are barrel aged before being hand bottled raw and unfiltered. It all takes a lot more time and care but we think the results are spectacular. I hope you will too.

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Vinegars with a Sense of Place

We create vinegars with flavor profiles that reflect a sense of place by working exclusively with American wines, ciders, and brews.

 Our vinegar works is housed in the blacksmith shop for an old textile mill complex in the heart of New England that is on the National Register of Historic Places.  

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Jeri G.
A Whole New World

I have only used two of the vinegars that I have ordered and have found them remarkably superior to any I have used in my past 50 years of preparing food. I'm really amazed how much they have enhanced the dishes I have used them in. I'm looking forward to making more dishes using all the flavors I have purchased and I will be replacing them with your product when I'm close to running out. Fabulous flavor has filled my world. Thank you, Jeri

Lawrence S.
Way better than supermarket brands…

Bright acidity . sweet and nutty with a distinct sherry flavor. You can really taste the fruit which is wonderful. Excellent for finishing braised greens and vinaigrettes..

Julie V.
Bright and Different Vinegar

This California Sherry Vinegar has a very piquant taste that brightens a salad instantly. A few days after we tried it on that, we tried it in a cream reduction sauce that was used with chicken and pasta and it completely changed the flavor of the sauce we often make. We absolutely loved it!

So nice!

A beautifully clean, slightly sweet, and mildly acidic vinegar that compliments any beef or lamb dish. Deglazing the pan the meat has been seared in with a splash of this sherry vinegar instantly adds a layer of umami to the sauce. A wonderful vinear to have on hand at all times!

Laura S.

It’s been wonderful, and I can’t wait to try another variety!

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