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.

  • Apple Balsamic Vinegar
This outstanding balsamic from Modena, Italy has an enticing aroma and a delicate, sweet apple flavor, fruitier than most balsamic vinegars. It's a wonderful way of adding aroma and taste to compliment any dish. It adds a refreshing lift to salads, sauces, chutneys, and vegetables. It is amazing drizzled on pork, chicken or fish and is reminiscent of a smooth sweet warm cider. Apple Balsamic Vinegar

    Apple Balsamic Vinegar

    This outstanding balsamic from Modena, Italy has an enticing aroma and a delicate, sweet apple flavor, fruitier than most balsamic vinegars. It's a wonderful way of adding aroma and taste to compliment any dish. It adds a refreshing lift to salads,...

    $16.00
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  • 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, makes a mouthwatering condiment for many uses. The flavor is often described as falling somewhere between lemon and grapefruit with a hint of orange. It is fabulous drizzled on grilled fish or for use in a green salad with tangerine or pear slices. 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 - 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, venison, duck or pork. It is great as a stand-alone glaze on salmon, and in endless combinations of salad dressings and desserts. It gives a nice kick to fruit salads. It is made by blending balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, with natural flavors. 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
    Add to Cart
  • Blueberry 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, venison, duck or pork. It is great as a stand alone glaze on salmon, and in endless combinations of salad dressings and desserts. It gives a nice kick to fruit salads. It is made by blending balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, with natural flavors. Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar

    Blueberry 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,...

    $16.00
    Add to Cart
  • 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 vanilla and fruit flavors imparted by bourbon without the overpowering alcohol flavors. 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 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 10 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 10 Year Balsamic Vinegar

    Cask Aged 10 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...

    $24.00
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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

    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
    Add to Cart
  • 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

    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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  • Chardonnay Vinegar - A fruity robust vinegar with a distinctive chardonnay flavor and a hint of oak. Our Chardonnay vinegar has a bright, clean, fruity flavor perfect for blending fresh vinaigrettes. It's flavor also pairs well with fruits and deglazing fish and seafood dishes. Chardonnay Vinegar

    Chardonnay Vinegar

    A fruity robust vinegar with a distinctive chardonnay flavor and a hint of oak. Our Chardonnay vinegar has a bright, clean, fruity flavor perfect for blending fresh vinaigrettes. It's flavor also pairs well with fruits and deglazing fish and seafood...

    $12.00
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  • Cherry Balsamic Vinegar - Cherry Balsamic Vinegar

    Cherry Balsamic Vinegar

    Fresh cherries from the San Joaquin Valley were reduced down and added to balsamic vinegar from Central California. 8.5 fl oz (251ml) Ingredients: California balsamic vinegar, cherry juice concentrate. No artificial flavorings, thickening agents, caramel...

    $16.00
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