Let’s just get this out of the way: Most grocery store vinegars taste terrible. They’re made from low-quality wine (or other alcohol), which gives them a flavor that’s barely more nuanced than the chewing-on-metal taste of distilled vinegar.
O-Med doesn’t make vinegars that you would ever consider cleaning with. They're lush, like burying your nose in a platter of lavender and peaches, with the concentrated, fruity essence of a good glass of wine. The rosé vinegar, made from the Spanish red grape Trepat, has a touch of sweetness softening its acidic bite and accentuating its florality. It's my favorite for year-round use. It’s bright without being harsh, perfect for lifting a bowl of salad greens or waking up grains, beans, and vegetables. I use it whenever I might otherwise turn to lemon or lime but don’t want obvious citrus flavor.
For how good it is, this vinegar should be a lot more expensive. Miraculously it usually sells for around $12–14, a bit more than twice the price of those vinegars that are better suited to stripping paint. Think of it as investing in a bottle of wine that will last longer than any other rosé you can buy.—Chris Morocco, senior food editor
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Originally Appeared on Bon Appétit