This simple dipping sauce is perfect for oysters and other raw seafood, when you want the fresh flavor of the sea to come out. Champagne vinegar, or half Champagne and half Champagne vinegar, is ideal. Do not use balsamic.

½ cup white or red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon minced shallots
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon coarsely ground white or black peppercorns
Salt to taste

Shortly before serving, mix together the ingredients in a bowl and chill.

Serve it as a dipping sauce with the raw oysters.

Recipe by Elizabeth Gawthrop Riely