Red wine vinegar recipes

Beetroot and ginger chutney

Beetroot and ginger chutney

By Nigella Lawson

This is a sour liquid comprising a dilute solution of acetic acid. It is obtained by the natural fermentation of red wine. It ranges in colour from pale pink to maroon, depending on which wine is used. Good-quality red wine vinegar has a pronounced tangy, rounded taste and is aged for several months in wooden barrels; cheaper varieties with a sharp, tart taste are produced quickly by brewing red wine with vinegar-soaked beechwood shavings.

Recipes using red wine vinegar

Main course

Light meals & snacks


Starters & nibbles

Side dishes


Cakes and baking


See all recipes using red wine vinegar

Buyer's guide

Cheap vinegar, produced from inferior red wine, will give poor results to your finished dish. Buy good quality, aromatic vinegar with a complex flavour. The label will often specify which type of wine has been used.


Red wine vinegar will keep in a dry cupboard almost indefinitely, and will mature as it keeps.


Use red wine vinegar in salad dressings, marinades, pickles, and sweet-and-sour dishes containing red cabbage, calf’s liver or red meat.

Article by Sejal Sukhadwala

Quick recipe finder

Type the ingredients you want to use, then click Go. For better results you can use quotation marks around phrases (e.g. "chicken breast"). Alternatively you can search by chef, programme, cuisine, diet, or dish (e.g. Lasagne).

See more vinegar recipes