Balsamic Vinegar of Modena – Limited production, barrel aged 250 ml IGP Certified Aceto Balsamico – Estate bottled in Italy

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  • Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. IGP Certified and bottled in Italy.
  • Cook like an Italian. ┬áJust a few drops creates for Chef-Quality dishes
  • Barrel-aged wine must from Lambrusco grapes in Modena, Italy
  • Essential cooking condiment every home and restaurant chef
  • With its distinctive packaging, this is a great gift for all occasions. ┬áConsider buying for your friends.

Product Description

With its increased popularity among diners and chefs, there are hundreds of varieties of balsamic vinegar. The Italian Consortium allows only two "ages" - 12 and 25 years - to be included on a label for traditional DOP balsamic vinegar. The age or quality of most commercial Saba, Condimento, and some IGP and DOP labelled vinegars is difficult to determine.

Cooking and Aging Process:
Balsamic Vinegar occurs from the fermentation of cooked must and its aging in a series of wooden barrels. After pressing the grapes and removing the skin, seeds and stalks, the mixture is cooked in an open containers to achieve a concentrated must through evaporation. The cooled must becomes dark brown and viscous with a high sugar content.

The initial barrels are made with soft porous wood to encourage evaporation and acidification. The musk is later transferred to the hardest wood (oak and mulberry) for aging. Fermentation caused by osmophilus yeasts give rise to the oxidation. Over time the wine must undergoes considerable change with regard to sugars, alcohols, aldehydes and organic acids giving rise to a bouquet of delicate yet intense flavors and aromas.

IGP Certified Balsamic Vinegar:
IGP balsamic vinegar consists of a mixture of wine must and wine vinegar to produce an acidity level of no less that 4.5%. The Italian consortium monitors the aging process, bottle labelling and origin of the wine must. There are several grades of IGP certified vinegars based on taste and viscosity. Gourmet Living's "Goccia de Oro" is a premium balsamic vinegar.

Cooking with Balsamic Vinegar:
Given its versatility, balsamic vinegar tends to enhance the flavors of most food. It is traditionally served with parmesan cheese, salads, fish and vegetables and even ice cream.

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