Thursday, 05 May 2016 05:00

All balsamic vinegars are not created equal

Written by Maurizio Broggi

One of the most traditional and prestigious products of Emilia is Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale (traditional balsamic vinegar). This precious and expensive vinegar is made only in Reggio-Emilia and Modena. The latter is usually considered to craft the most prestigious vinegars of the two. Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale is made through a very long, laborious and patient process that is food preparation turned into art form.

Authentic Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena or Reggio-Emilia is identified by the DOP logo (Denominazione di Origine Protetta) and is distinct from the more common and considerably less expensive Aceto Balsamico (without the word Tradizionale), which is a mass-produced product made from simple vinegar that is sweetened and colored with caramel.

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Maurizio Broggi

Native Italian, DWS and Certified Sommelier. 

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