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Balsamic Vinegar of Modena "Goccia Oro" - IGP Certified

Regular price $ 38.50

A premium barrel-aged balsamic vinegar from Italy used for dressings, glazes and marinades.  Certified authentic by the Italian growers Consortium and sold with an elegant gift box.   



Why Gourmet Living's Balsamic Vinegar of Modena?

  • IGP Balsamic Vinegar of Modena certified by the Italian consortium and bottled in Italy
  • You too can "cook like an Italian."  Just a few drops creates Chef-quality meals.
  • Barrel-aged balsamic vinegar made from the wine must of Trebbiano grapes in Modena Italy
  • Balsamic vinegar has been compared to "nectar of the Gods" and is the secret weapon of every home and restaurant chef
  • With its distinctive packaging, Gourmet Living's balsamic vinegar is a great gift for all occasion.
  • Why not give your friends of bottle of authentic balsamic vinegar rather than a bottle of wine.

About Balsamic Vinegar

Grapes from the wine-growing regions of Modena and Reggio Emiliano in Italy – generally the grape varieties of Trebbiano and Lambrusco – are pressed to extract their liquid.   After the seeds, grape peels and stalks are removed, the liquid is cooked over direct heat in an open container to achieve a concentrated liquid through evaporation.  In most cases, the the resulting concentrate is about 30% of the initial volume.  

balsamic vinegar aging in barrels

The resulting wine must or “mosto cotto” is then left to cool and rest producing a dark brown viscous syrup with a high sugar content. The cooled and rested wine must is then placed in a variety of wood barrels (oak, chestnut, mulberry, cherry, juniper, etc.) to age.  As the wine vinegar matures and evaporation occurs, the concentrated wine must is then transferred to even smaller barrels to aid in the maturation and fermentation of the wine vinegar.    

balsamic vinegar in warehouse in Modena, Italy

During the aging process, the product goes through a series of profound changes with regards to the alcohols, aldehydes, sugars and organic acids contained in the wine must.  This produces a bouquet of delicate yet intense aromas and flavors. In general, the wine must will age for at least 4 years in the wooden barrels, but may be extracted during the aging process and combined with wine vinegar to produce a variety of balsamic vinegar products as described below.

Things You Should Know Before Buying Balsamic Vinegar

With so many choices, it is difficult to know which balsamic vinegar to buy.  Sadly, most "cheap" and commercial brands of balsamic vinegar use additives or mostly wine vinegar rather than barrel-aged balsamic wine must.  As a rule of thumb, if you are paying less that $5.00 an ounce, you are probably not getting authentic balsamic vinegar from Italy.

Here are a few additional suggestions when shopping for balsamic vinegar:

  • Check ingredients to determine if there have been any additives;
  • Balsamic vinegars than have been "certified" by the Italian consortium carry very distinctive labels guaranteeing authenticity;
  • Beware of any balsamic vinegar which lists an age such as "25 years old." This is contrary to current regulations.
  • Gently tilt the bottle back and forth to determine viscosity.  Genuine balsamic vinegar tends to be more syrupy.
  • Any bottle labeled "Traditional" balsamic vinegar should be 100% wine must and it costs between $30 and $100 an ounce.   Only fraudulent representations cost less.

Fore more information on Frequently Asked Questions about Balsamic Vinegar, visit our website.

How I Use Balsamic Vinegar

I frequently use balsamic vinegar to enhance the flavors of vegetables and meats, but I love its distinctive agro dolce flavor dribbled over a bite of Parmesan cheese or even strawberries.  I will always serve it with extra virgin olive oil over a Caprese salad, even though it is not required.  Personally, I have discovered that a few drops of balsamic vinegar over braised vegetables makes a great dish memorable.  For those who need more inspiration, please consult our website for  recipes using balsamic vinegar.

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