The world of Vinegars is certainly a vast one. Having been around for 10,000 years and originating from the French “vin aigre”, meaning sour wine, today’s Vinegars maintain as many versatile uses as qualities to accentuate the best ingredients in your kitchen. Spain, well known, for its commitment to high quality production, possesess a great variety of Sherry Vinegars which are a must for traditional Spanish cooking. Also known as the "King of Vinegars", its long tradition and history date back as far as the 16th century. It is produced of the Sherry wine in the southern province of Cadiz inside the triangular area between the city of Jerez de la Frontera and towns of Sanlúcar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa María, known as the "sherry triangle". (And by the way, the word 'sherry' is just an anglicization of Jerez.) A minimum of 6 months of aging in American Oak within the "sherry triangle" and a minimum of 7 degrees of acidity are required by law, in order for a product to carry the name "Sherry" or "vinaigre de Jerez". You will find several different age categories, Gran Reserva, Reserva and regular vinaigre de Jerez as well as different styles, depending on the grapes used, and this will greatly affect the flavor of the vinegar. Just like Balsamic Vinegar, this Spanish counterpart's production is monitored and controlled by its Denomination of Origin. It is the best ingredient for your favorite salad dressing, it will complement many sauces wonderfully or enhance the flavor of soups, stews and casseroles!