Sweet Balsamic Vinegar
Balsamic vinegar is the most expensive vinegar because it is aged for a longer period of time. The longer it is aged the sweeter and thicker it gets.
Sweet balsamic vinegar embodies the sweet, fruity flavors of Trebbiano grapes.
To understand why balsamic vinegar is worthy of such praise, it is important to understand how it is made:
- For many centuries, the vinegars are produced in the area of Modena, Italy, just northwest of Bologna and southeast of Parma, in a region noted for its robust yet sophisticated cuisine. True balsamic vinegars come only from this area, and their labels will attest to that fact with the phrase Aceto Balsamico di Modena.
- Different producers of balsamic vinegar will vary the woods and the aging times in the barrels to produce their own distinctive styles.
- Total barrel-aging time for balsamic vinegar may vary from just a year to as many as 75 years or longer, with correspondingly ever-more-concentrated flavors and thicker, more syrupy consistencies.
- Authentic products will include on their labels a prominent designation of their aging time before they were bottled.
Serving Sweet Balsamic Vinegar:
- In addition to salad dressings, try adding sweet balsamic vinegar to slow –cooked foods like soups or beans, or use a deglazing liquid for meat based.