With bright sweetness from tomatoes and a savory, robust finish from garlic, this mild, lightly acidic vinegar is ideal for finishing dishes. Drizzle over vegetables, soups, or fish.

February 2021


Credit: Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Recipe Summary

15 mins
3.5 cups


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine wine, white wine vinegar, basil leaves, mashed tomatoes, and garlic in a 1 ½- to 2-quart glass jar, leaving at least 1 inch of headspace at the top. Place a quadruple layer of cheesecloth or a clean kitchen towel over top of jar, and secure firmly using kitchen twine or a rubber band. 

  • Store in a cool, dark, dry place, stirring weekly, until a web-like "mother" forms, up to 4 weeks. Let stand, undisturbed, until wine has acidified, 3 to 4 months. 

  • Place a fine wire-mesh strainer over a large bowl; line with a double layer of cheesecloth. Carefully pour vinegar mixture through strainer, stirring without pressing on solids, until all liquid has passed through. Discard solids. Pour vinegar into an airtight bottle; store in refrigerator.  

Make Ahead

Tomato-Chardonnay vinegar may be refrigerated up to 6 months.