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Balsamic Vinegars from Modena
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Traditional Balsamic Vinegars of Modena
Balanced for Perfect Flavor

The finest balsamic Vinegars are born in the lovely rolling hills of Modena, between the Secchia and Reno River valleys in the provincial northwest of Italy where resinous barrels give fine Balsamic Vinegars their unique flavor.
 
Balsamics are a study in balance and contrast. Sweet and sharp. Spicy and mellow.
The process begins with gently crushing the wine grapes and concentrating their juice over an open flame. Then the sweet thick grape "must" is fermented once by yeast to make alcohol. Then fermented again by the "madre" culture to make the smooth and subtle sourness for which Balsamics are known.
 
The process of becoming vinegar occurs in wooden barrels. As the volume decreases through evaporation over the years the maturing liquor is transferred to smaller and smaller casks, each with its special blend of aromatic flavoring woods. The filled barrels are placed in the attic for ideal temperatures, hot in Summer, cold in Winter. Over years of aging, the fruit and spice and mood of the finest Balsamic emerges.
 
Complex flavor in fine Balsamic Vinegar comes from this long and exacting aging
. A variety of barrels are used including durmast, chestnut, ash, cherry and mulberry. Balsamic vinegar makers keep a secret art in the matching and blending of resinous aromatic staves. One taste of a truly fine Balsamic will make clear why it is worth all the effort. Balsamic Vinegar is truly in a class apart from other vinegars. Unlike the sharp tastes we usually associate with vinegar, the balsamics present a rich dark complex of sweetness and intrigue.
 
While Balsamic Vinegar lends itself well to a stunning vinaigrette, it may find its highest expression in distinctly un-vinegar-like roles such as a splash on fresh fruit or ice cream. It should come as no surprise that when Balsamic Vinegar was first produced, more than 600 years ago, it was reserved exclusively for the use of the nobility by Ducal fiat.



Crema di Balsamico
Crema di Balsamico


Balsamico Argento
Balsamico Argento

Balsamico Tradizionale
Gold Label

Balsamico Tradizionale Gold Label

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