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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  • 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
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  • 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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  • 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
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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

    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,...

    $16.00
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  • 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 seared ahi or other firm fish. The uses are endless and give a unique tropical island flair to your dishes! 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 - 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 pear with a touch of tangy cranberry tartness is excellent as a salad dressing or on fresh fruit and ice cream. Put a splash in your favorite iced tea or as a glaze for pork roast. 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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  • Espresso Balsamic Vinegar - This rich and savory cask aged espresso balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, is exquisite on game meats, fresh soft cheeses, fruit fondues, or waffles. Better yet, impress your guests with a mocha ice cream and fresh strawberry parfait topped with shaved dark chocolate and drizzled with Espresso Balsamic Vinegar. Espresso Balsamic Vinegar

    Espresso Balsamic Vinegar

    This rich and savory cask aged espresso balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, is exquisite on game meats, fresh soft cheeses, fruit fondues, or waffles. Better yet, impress your guests with a mocha ice cream and fresh strawberry parfait topped with shaved...

    $16.00
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  • 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 element to any dish that would be good with caramelized onions from pasta to grilled or braised meats. Use it by itself as a marinade or make a burger really stand out with a light drizzle of this wonderful condiment on it. 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 - 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 virgin olive oil. 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 - 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 dishes. One of our favorite uses is to drizzle a little bit over blue, gorgonzola or goat cheeses. Pairs well with Meyer Lemon EVOO and Dijon Mustard as a glaze or salad dressing. 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...

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  • Indulgent Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar - This balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, aged together with South American pure cocoa in cherry wood barrels is exquisite on game meats, fresh soft cheeses, fruit fondues, chocolate desserts, pastries, yogurt, ice-cream, and waffles. It is fabulous as a glaze on beef or pork or drizzled in combination with our blood orange flavored olive oil over roasted chicken. There is no limit to what it can be used with! Indulgent Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar

    Indulgent Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar

    This balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, aged together with South American pure cocoa in cherry wood barrels is exquisite on game meats, fresh soft cheeses, fruit fondues, chocolate desserts, pastries, yogurt, ice-cream, and waffles. It is fabulous as a...

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  • 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 Panini's and use it to make salsas and fajitas. 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 - 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 cranberries, currants or slices of pear. Try it also drizzled on baked squash or on top of vanilla ice cream! It is a great finish for many autumn dishes. 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 - 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 it to a whole new level. We have added the complex multifaceted balsamic flavors of our cask aged balsamic to delicious sweet fig flavors. Ideal for use in glazes and a fabulous addition to meat stews, braised short ribs or drizzled on venison. 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 - 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 balance of sweet tropical fruit flavors, it is delicious over grilled fruit or a fresh melons, yogurt or ice cream. Makes a wonderful glaze or vinaigrette or brush on salmon, halibut or shrimp while grilling or baking. 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 - 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 neither overly tart nor sweet. The ripe peach flavor compliments game meats, all sorts of greens, vegetables and cheeses, apples, peaches, pears and oranges. Try it out on grilled peaches or in sparkling water for a refreshing taste twist! 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 - 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 flavor mixes well with soy sauce and sesame oil to produce a rich flavor perfect for basting and marinating. A salad of fresh greens topped with grilled and chopped chicken breast and some diced Pineapple will produce a tasty and healthy meal. 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...

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  • Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar - The intense sweet tart flavor of Pomegranate is the perfect complement to a wide range of foods. Use as a marinade or glaze for heartier meats such as duck, lamb, venison or beef or in Middle Eastern or Asian dishes. For a more Mediterranean flare, pair it with our flavored oils like Meyer Lemon, Tuscan Herb, and Roasted Garlic. Pair with our Persian Lime Olive Oil and drizzle over romaine, feta and watermelon salad with a touch of French Sea Salt for something different and delicious. Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar

    Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar

    The intense sweet tart flavor of Pomegranate is the perfect complement to a wide range of foods. Use as a marinade or glaze for heartier meats such as duck, lamb, venison or beef or in Middle Eastern or Asian dishes. For a more Mediterranean flare, pair...

    $16.00
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  • 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 use in salad dressings, drizzled on peaches and nectarines, or in glazes on poultry, excellent as a syrup on ice cream. This balsamic will give you a new appreciation for what a flavored balsamic can be. 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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  • 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 pressure to prevent caramelization, giving the vinegar a golden color and gentler flavor. The result is crisp vinegar with a touch of sweetness reminiscent of hand crafted vinegars from northern Italy. Pairs with any EVOO or Flavor Infused Olive Oils. 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 - 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, fish or poultry, or for an unusual twist to salad dressings and vegetables and cocktails. 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 - 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 on any number of cooked vegetables or as a dressing on a Caprese salad with a little extra virgin olive oil. 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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  • Walnut Balsamic Vinegar - This balsamic vinegar allows you to make a spectacular walnut vinaigrette with extra virgin olive oil, thereby reaping its renowned healthy benefits. It is fabulous for use in glazes, or drizzled on winter vegetables or on your favorite stuffing during the holidays. Walnut Balsamic Vinegar

    Walnut Balsamic Vinegar

    This balsamic vinegar allows you to make a spectacular walnut vinaigrette with extra virgin olive oil, thereby reaping its renowned healthy benefits. It is fabulous for use in glazes, or drizzled on winter vegetables or on your favorite stuffing during...

    $16.00
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