Much less acidic than generic white distilled vinegar, or vinegars made from grape-based wines, malts, or fruits like apple cider vinegar, rice wine vinegar is the more subtle option. Ideal for incorporating into salad dressings and dipping sauces, rice wine vinegar adds a wonderfully mild sweetness and a delicate pop of bright floral flavor to pickles, marinades, or even drizzled over sautéed vegetables. Browse through our selection of gourmet rice vinegars for an easy and tasty addition to all your favorite recipes!
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Rice Vinegar vs Rice Wine Vinegar
While not the same as rice wine, rice vinegar and rice wine vinegar, are in fact, identical products, albeit with slightly different monikers. Because rice vinegar is technically made into wine before being fermented into vinegar, sometimes the addition of the word “wine” is included on the label. Coming in a bevy of colors and flavors, keep your eye out for rice wine vinegar made from black glutinous rice, red yeast rice, and brown rice, each with its own distinctive flavors and characteristics. Experiment with these alternative rice vinegars to add an extra layer of complexity to your recipes.
What is Rice Vinegar?
Rice vinegars are created by fermenting the sugars in rice twice, first into alcohol (at which point it would be considered rice wine) then again into acid. This is done by exposing the rice wine to oxygen until the alcohol and co2 created during the first fermentation are transformed with the aid of bacteria into acetic acid, or what we know as vinegar. Without the acid from that second fermentation, you’ll find that rice wine, like cooking Mirin, is quite mild and sweet in flavor. A great addition to recipes in its own right, rice wine is a significantly different ingredient and should not be substituted for rice wine vinegar.