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Every Nonna worth her sal e pepe knows that the best food comes from combining the freshest, best ingredients with the highest quality kitchen staples. While we have to hold our horses for sun-warmed August roma tomatoes, these cucina-tested Italian pantry necessaries are the perfect year-round zuzz for dolce vita aspirants at aperitivo hour.
What is Balsamic Vinegar of Modena?
It is a condiment typical of Modena area, made from cooked grape juice (called "MUST"), concentrated through a long cooking process and put on rest in wooden barrels to acetify and concentrate naturally.
All products from PONTE VECCHIO are made following the traditional methods handed down from father to son and using the ingredients provided by the local vineyards surrounding the farm, the typical Trebbiano white grape and Lambrusco red grape. From these two qualities of grapes, we obtain the "must" (cooked grape juice) which is the basic ingredient for the balsamic condiments here aged in the numerous wooden barrels located in the attics of the "Acetaia".
The aged vinegar has very remote origins; the literature testifies that it was used as a "precious gift" offered to nobles, kings and intellectuals in sign of respect, peace or to pay some dues. It was also included in the ladies dowries for its medicinal properties and high value. Thanks to Giacomo Casanova who used to offer it to his lovers, the aphrodisiac reputation of the aged balsamic spread out but it is especially well-known for its digestive properties, this is the reason why an aged Balsamic (thicker and sweeter) can be used pure as an after-dinner.
The artisanal methods to produce balsamic Vinegar are handed down within the balsamic artisan families.
Net weight: 250 ml/8.45 fl oz
Ingredients: white wine vinegar, concentrated white grape must