Wine Vinegars

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On Food and Cooking

By Harold McGee

Published 2004

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Wine vinegars are made from a base of yeast-fermented grape juice. They therefore have a winey character from the aromatic and savory by-products of the yeast fermentation. Interestingly prominent in wine and cider vinegars are buttery aroma compounds (diacetyl, butyric acid). Balsamic and sherry vinegars are specialized versions of wine vinegar.