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Balsamic Vinegars

Like many of you, we were curious as why one can find balsamic vinegar for $6 at the grocery store or a hefty $300 in specialty stores. Price discrepancies this wide usually indicate real differences in product. Our investigation proved that this is indeed the case. Many poorly-made (indeed fake) balsamic vinegars on our American grocery shelves are loaded with caramel and xanthem – bottles of deceit, which we would never sell.

We have partnered with an olive grower that has visited Modena, Italy, home of what is widely considered the best aged balsamic vinegar in the world, to better understand the process of crafting their fine Modena balsamic vinegar.

Though the process of making aged balsamic vinegar is complicated, it is simple as well. It does not involve additives, or spices, or flavoring. Unlike ordinary vinegar that has its origins in alcoholic liquid, true balsamic vinegar is produced directly from grape juice. Late harvest, white and sugary grapes, such as Trebbiano, are used. Their liquid, called “must,” is boiled in an open vat and cannot be allowed to ferment. After a series of boiling down and filtering the must, it’s then cooled and poured into wooden casks. The wooden casks are made from oak, cherry, ash, chestnut, mulberry, or juniper trees and all are former wine casks, which will impart flavor components into the balsamic vinegar. Over time, a series of decanting and topping off is completed.

Unfortunately, there are no labeling requirements in the United States for balsamic vinegars. So you should consider why you’re buying it: if it’s for making quarts of salad dressing or creating a balsamic glaze, you don’t need an expensive balsamic vinegar. Inquire about additives used in the crafting of the balsamic vinegar. Generally, if additives are used, the quality is lower. If the bottle says, “aged”, find out what that really means.

The Spice & Tea Shoppe offers  Cask 5Cask 10, and Cask 25 Modena balsamic vinegars that are outstanding examples of well-sourced artisanal Italian vinegars at an approachable price.

We also offer a variety of flavored balsamic vinegars – they are cask aged and some contain real fruit, while others are combined with natural flavors. One thing they all have in common: No artificial flavorings, thickening agents, caramel nor additives have been added. And they are delicious!

We encourage you to sample our various offerings to determine which ones best fit your desired flavor and price profiles.

  • Bergamot Orange White Balsamic Vinegar

    Bergamot Orange White Balsamic Vinegar

    Our Bergamot Orange White Balsamic Vinegar from Modena, Italy, is blended with real bergamot fruit, a very popular flavor in Europe though less well known in the U.S. It is a bitter orange which, when combined with the sweetness of balsamic vinegar,...

    $18.00
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  • Blackberry Aged Balsamic Vinegar

    Blackberry Aged Balsamic Vinegar

    A perfect blend of sweet and sour, this balsamic vinegar will bring back childhood memories of blueberry syrup on pancakes, but with a tart, gourmet flourish. The overall flavor profile is enhanced by a subtle undertone of cloves. We love it on steaks,...

    $18.00
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  • Bourbon Barrel Balsamic Vinegar

    Bourbon Barrel Balsamic Vinegar

    This balsamic has all the subtle flavors of a well-aged bourbon like strong notes of vanilla, a fruity spiciness and even the subtle effects of aging in charred barrels. When used in cooking, think of it as a great ingredient wherever you might want the...

    $16.00
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  • Cabernet Sauvignon Vinegar  - Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world's most widely recognized red wines. It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse spectrum of climate. Reminiscent of the grape that gives this vinegar its name, our Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Vinegar's flavor boasts notes of caramel introduced by the subtle aroma of smoke and cherries. A well rounded, full bodied vinegar reflecting the rich smooth flavor of an outstanding cabernet wine. Cabernet Sauvignon Vinegar  - Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world's most widely recognized red wines. It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse spectrum of climate. Reminiscent of the grape that gives this vinegar its name, our Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Vinegar's flavor boasts notes of caramel introduced by the subtle aroma of smoke and cherries. A well rounded, full bodied vinegar reflecting the rich smooth flavor of an outstanding cabernet wine.

    Cabernet Sauvignon Vinegar

    Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world's most widely recognized red wines. It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse spectrum of climate. Reminiscent of the grape that gives this vinegar its name, our Cabernet Sauvignon...

    $12.00
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  • Cask Aged 25 Year Balsamic Vinegar - This cask-aged vinegar from Modena, Italy, is made from acetified grape must matured using a method of transferring the vinegar between a succession of high quality barrels of various sizes. A several year refinement process in high quality wood results in a rich and assertive vinegar with a warm brown color and a thick consistency. You will be able to taste and feel the difference between an aged vinegar and the cheap substitutes made by adding caramel or other products flooding US markets. Cask Aged 25 Year Balsamic Vinegar - This cask-aged vinegar from Modena, Italy, is made from acetified grape must matured using a method of transferring the vinegar between a succession of high quality barrels of various sizes. A several year refinement process in high quality wood results in a rich and assertive vinegar with a warm brown color and a thick consistency. You will be able to taste and feel the difference between an aged vinegar and the cheap substitutes made by adding caramel or other products flooding US markets.

    Cask Aged 25 Year Balsamic Vinegar

    This cask-aged vinegar from Modena, Italy, is made from acetified grape must matured using a method of transferring the vinegar between a succession of high quality barrels of various sizes. A several year refinement process in high quality wood results...

    $29.00
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  • Cask Aged 5 Year Balsamic Vinegar - This cask-aged balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, is a rich yet affordable vinegar with a warm color, thick consistency and a great aroma. It is a great, reasonably priced choice for the cook who is looking for an everyday balsamic. You will be able to taste and feel the difference between an aged vinegar and the cheap substitutes made by adding caramel or other products flooding US markets. Cask Aged 5 Year Balsamic Vinegar

    Cask Aged 5 Year Balsamic Vinegar

    This cask-aged balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, is a rich yet affordable vinegar with a warm color, thick consistency and a great aroma. It is a great, reasonably priced choice for the cook who is looking for an everyday balsamic. You will be able to...

    $12.00
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  • Champagne Vinegar - Our Champagne Vinegar is artisan-crafted from the smooth refined flavor of the pinot noir grape resulting in a light and delicate flavor with a luxurious fruity aroma and notes of pear. Use our Champagne Vinegar when dressing iceberg salads with bleu cheese or use with our Herbs de Provence and extra virgin olive oil for a true taste of France! Champagne Vinegar - Our Champagne Vinegar is artisan-crafted from the smooth refined flavor of the pinot noir grape resulting in a light and delicate flavor with a luxurious fruity aroma and notes of pear. Use our Champagne Vinegar when dressing iceberg salads with bleu cheese or use with our Herbs de Provence and extra virgin olive oil for a true taste of France!

    Champagne Vinegar

    Our Champagne Vinegar is artisan-crafted from the smooth refined flavor of the pinot noir grape resulting in a light and delicate flavor with a luxurious fruity aroma and notes of pear. Use our Champagne Vinegar when dressing iceberg salads with bleu...

    $12.00
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  • Coconut White Reserve Balsamic Vinegar

    Coconut White Reserve Balsamic Vinegar

    Our coconut infused white balsamic from Modena, Italy, is fabulous in vinaigrette or other dressings used on green salads with citrus and citrus based sauces. Try using it with soy sauce, grated ginger and a bit of lemon juice as a dipping sauce for...

    $16.00
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  • Cranberry Pear White Balsamic Vinegar Cranberry Pear White Balsamic Vinegar

    Cranberry Pear White Balsamic Vinegar

    This balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, is blended with real fruit juice. It is clean, crisp and tart and boasts a lovely deep rose blush. It has an amazingly fruity, complex bouquet that shines in a multitude of culinary applications. Sweet refreshing...

    $18.00
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  • Glazed Onion Balsamic Vinegar

    Glazed Onion Balsamic Vinegar

    This balsamic mixes the rich sweet flavors of caramelized onions with those of a well aged balsamic making for a fabulous condiment that plays the sweetness of the caramelized onions off the slight sourness of the vinegar. Use it to add a special unusual...

    $16.00
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  • Grapefruit Balsamic Vinegar

    Grapefruit Balsamic Vinegar

    This balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, is blended with real fruit juice. It is sweet and sour, and intensely fruity. We suggest serving it over fruit, mixed with yoghurt, as a glaze for grilled chicken or fish, or on a salad with your favorite extra...

    $16.00
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  • Honey Balsamic Vinegar Honey Balsamic Vinegar

    Honey Balsamic Vinegar

    This rich and syrupy cask aged honey balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, has a crisp level of acidity and a sweet honey finish with a fruity aroma and a delicate flavor. Perfect on salads and vegetables, fish, poultry, roasted meat, and sweet and sour...

    $16.00
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  • Mandarin Orange Balsamic Reserve Vinegar Mandarin Orange Balsamic Reserve Vinegar

    Mandarin Orange Balsamic Reserve Vinegar

    Perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you will want to keep this oil handy when making eggs and omelets, steamed and sauted vegetables, stir fry, grilled salmon, trout and chicken.  Try it as a substitute for butter on grilled sandwiches and...

    $18.00
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  • Maple Syrup Balsamic Vinegar

    Maple Syrup Balsamic Vinegar

    This balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy will bring back childhood memories of syrup on pancakes, but with a tart, gourmet flourish. The overall flavor profile is enhanced by a subtle undercurrent of vanilla. We love it on green salads with fruit like...

    $16.00
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  • Mission Fig Balsamic Reserve Vinegar

    Mission Fig Balsamic Reserve Vinegar

    This balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, is blended with real fruit. It combines the best of our flavored balsamics and our aged balsamics. While our standard fig balsamic has always been one of our most popular balsamic vinegars, the new reserve takes...

    $18.00
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  • Passion Fruit Balsamic Reserve Vinegar

    Passion Fruit Balsamic Reserve Vinegar

    Our Passion Fruit Balsamic Reserve Vinegar is a flavor sensation of what you would expect when biting into the fresh fruit: highly aromatic with a tropical sweet and tart flavor with nuances of pineapple, papaya, mango, citrus and guava. A perfect...

    $18.00
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  • Peach White Balsamic Vinegar

    Peach White Balsamic Vinegar

    Our Peach White Balsamic Vinegar is made in Modena, Italy, from local grapes and aged in oak barrels. The peaches are picked perfectly ripe, crushed and left to ferment naturally, then added for a sweet and fruity vinegar with incredible balance that is...

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  • Pineapple White Balsamic Vinegar

    Pineapple White Balsamic Vinegar

    The taste of fresh ripe Hawaiian pineapple blended with balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, is both sweet and tart. Excellent over fruit, mixed with yogurt, as a glaze for chicken or fish, or on a salad with your favorite extra virgin olive oil. The...

    $18.00
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  • Raspberry Balsamic Reserve Vinegar Raspberry Balsamic Reserve Vinegar

    Raspberry Balsamic Reserve Vinegar

    This balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, is blended with real fruit. It combines the best of our flavored and our aged balsamics. It has the complex balsamic flavors of our cask aged balsamic and the delicious richness of crushed raspberries. Ideal for...

    $18.00
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  • Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar - This balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, is blended with real fruit juice. The strawberries are picked perfectly ripe, then crushed and left to ferment naturally, then added for an intensely fragrant strawberry vinegar. We recommend it on red or white meat, game, bacon, salads, fish, mushrooms, ice cream, fruit salads, and fresh soft mild cheeses. Balsamic Vinegar

    Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar

    This balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, is blended with real fruit juice. The strawberries are picked perfectly ripe, then crushed and left to ferment naturally, then added for an intensely fragrant strawberry vinegar. We recommend it on red or white...

    $18.00
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  • Sweet White Balsamic Vinegar

    Sweet White Balsamic Vinegar

    White balsamic vinegar is made from white Trebbiano grapes in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. But while regular balsamic vinegar is cooked and concentrated to produce a dark color and deep, rich flavor, white balsamic vinegar is cooked at high...

    $16.00
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  • Thai Lemongrass White Balsamic Vinegar

    Thai Lemongrass White Balsamic Vinegar

    This beautiful Sauterne colored balsamic made in Modena, Italy, from cooked white grape must, white wine vinegar and lemongrass flavors combines the sweetness of a balsamic with the tart flavors of lemongrass. It is an ideal ingredient for Asian foods,...

    $16.00
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  • Tomato Basil Balsamic Vinegar

    Tomato Basil Balsamic Vinegar

    This balsamic leans a little more heavily on the basil flavor with an underlying flavor of ripe tomatoes. It is ideal as a garnish for tomato or bell pepper soups, in pasta dishes or as a drizzle or marinade for poultry dishes. It is delicious drizzled...

    $16.00
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