Chowhounds adore vinegar, and keep many kinds on hand. There are a few that they deem essential, however:
• Red wine, white wine, or champagne vinegar: For salads and recipes
• Balsamic: Inexpensive for cooking, aged for drizzling
• Rice wine: For dipping sauces and Asian recipes
• Apple cider: For homey American cooking
• Sherry: For its sophisticated, nutty flavor in marinades and dressing
Board Link: How many vinegars can I *get by* with?