Distinctly sharp with a lovely ruby hue, red wine vinegar is one of our favorite condiments in the kitchen, lending a sharp zippy flavor and a subtle pink color wherever you need it. For a reserved touch of acidity and just a kiss of sweetness, red wine vinegar is an all-purpose condiment that can add another layer of flavor and complexity to a dish with the flick of a wrist. Perfect for drizzling over salads (from pasta to potato), garnishing soups, quick pickling, sautéing, and marinating, the gastronomic possibilities of red wine vinegar are virtually endless. Explore our expertly curated selection below and start adding the sweet-tart flavor of this delightful condiment to all your favorite dishes!
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Does Red Wine Vinegar Go Bad?
When stored correctly, red wine vinegar boasts an extremely long shelf-life, anywhere from several years to infinity. However, once opened, red wine vinegar must be properly handled, or you run the risk of it going “bad.” Though red wine vinegar is essentially a wine that has gone bad or “soured” (as the natural sugars have converted into acetic acid,) it can lose its subtle nuance, distinctive coloring, and of course, its sour flavor. To help your vinegars maintain all their best qualities, keep them unopened in a dry, dark, and preferably cool environment. Once opened, transfer your vinegar to the refrigerator this helps prevent any breakdown of flavor and maximizes its shelf life. If refrigerated, red wine vinegar does well opened for up to eight months.
How Can You Tell Red Wine Vinegar Has Gone Bad?
When mishandled red wine vinegar will lose its signature flavor. If inadequately sealed and exposed to air, it will begin to evaporate. If kept in a warm location, your vinegar will start to change from red to brown and will often develop a hazy, cloudy appearance, accompanied many times by an unpleasant smell.
Good red wine vinegar should be bright in color and flavor, with a zippy tart finish and a clean but distinctive odor.