Traditional (18 Year) Balsamic Vinegar

Traditional (18 Year) Balsamic Vinegar

Nothing fancy. Nothing trendy. Just balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, the birthplace of the delicious stuff. Tradicional Balsamic Vinegar has a wonderful, mellow, sweet-and-sour essence with a delicately balanced, fruity and full-flavored finish.

Our Traditional Balsamic Vinegar is just as named: produced in the traditional Modena style and aged up to 18 years in oak barrels. A very diverse balsamic, it is thick and potent enough to be dripped onto a dish as a condiment, and also balanced enough to pair well with one of our olive oils in a salad dressing.

Our Traditional Balsamic Vinegar is fabulous alone, and delicious when mixed with one of our many olive oils as a vinaigrette for salad, or simply drizzled over ripe tomatoes or fruit.

Balsamic Vinegar is a delicious aged vinegar, prized for its sweet-tart, concentrated flavor. We offer you the very best Balsamic Vinegars that we import directly from the rolling hills of Modena, Italy, where true balsamic vinegars have been produced since the Middle Ages.

True balsamic vinegar is not made from wine, as you might expect, but rather from pressed, un-fermented Trebbiano and Lambrusco grapes. The pressed grapes are simmered over an open flame, and reduced to a thick syrup. This sweet syrup is in turn fermented twice, then slowly aged and evaporated in a succession of smaller and smaller barrels, made from different aromatic woods. As the balsamic vinegar ages, moisture evaporates out, and the vinegar thickens and its complex flavors become more concentrated.

Balsamic Vinegar has many culinary uses, including salad dressings, dips, marinades, reductions and sauces. Try a splash of balsamic vinegar to enhance steaks, fish, egg dishes -- even fresh fruit, and on ice creams, gelati and desserts. Buon Appetito!

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