White Balsamic Vinegar, developed for chefs so as to not color their dishes, is a clean, crisp cousin of our 18-year aged Dark Balsamic Vinegar. Also from Modena, Italy’s finest grape must, the biggest difference between the two is aesthetic: White Balsamics are cooked at lower temperatures to retain their clear coloring, and aged for less than a year to avoid thickening. Still sweet and potent enough to be dripped onto a dish as a condiment and balanced enough to pair with our olive oils for a salad dressing, this balsamic is perfect for light summer recipes or to add a bit of flavor to your seltzer.
Haphazard streets wind past brightly-colored yellow, orange, and pink buildings, the spire of the Torre Ghirlandina peering above their walls over your head. The tradition of Balsamic Vinegar here in Modena, Italy is sacred and the city’s pride in their craft is evidenced everywhere. In the archives of Modena, on public view, is a wine list from a secret Ducal cellar dated 1747 and balsamic vinegar is listed alongside the wine. There are writings from 1508, recalling balsamic vinegar and talking about it in the court of the Duke of Modena, who was Lucrezia Borgia’s husband. The first Balsamic Vinegar was documented almost a thousand years ago in 1046, here in Modena, and that process, created all those years ago and demarcated by the essential word “tradizionale” or “traditional”, is the same process we use for ours.