White Balsamic Vinegar is made with Trebbiano grapes, just like Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, but it undergoes a different cooking and barrel-aging process. Both are balsamic vinegars, and the flavors of the two are similar, but the dark [traditional] balsamic is slightly sweeter, and has a more syrup-like consistency. White Balsamic is a crisp vinegar with just a touch of sweetness, and a more clean aftertaste.
White Balsamic Vinegar has a little bit of residual grape flavor and 6% acidity, milder and less sweet than traditional balsamic. This is an excellent "try-it," entry level balsamic vinegar: extremely versatile, it can pair with any of our extra virgin olive oils, or any of our flavored oils. The lighter color and mild flavor of White Balsamic Vinegar is specially suited for delicately-flavored recipes that might be overpowered by a stronger vinegar. Perfect for deglazing pans, and dressing pasta salads, White Balsamic Vinegar also is the go-to balsamic vinegar for light-colored sauces and foods that would be darkened by a headier traditional balsamic.
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!