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Our Ingredients: Traditional Balsamic

MiaBella Traditional Balsamic Vinegar from Italy: A History!

Balsamic vinegar might be the single best kept secret in a person’s pantry. With the perfect balance of sweet and rich flavors, the centuries old recipe is extremely versatile and can be used on salads, sauces, and marinades or drizzled over steaks, strawberries, and even ice-cream!

Traditional Balsamic Vinegar

Traditional Balsamic Vinegar is made from a reduction of cooked Trebbiano grape juice called grape must and is nothing like the vinegar we find on most grocery store shelves. Originating in the Modena and Reggio Emilia regions of Northern Italy, Traditional Balsamic dates back to the Middle ages. First documented in a poem written in 1046, today’s  traditional balsamic vinegar is a highly valued, sought after product known by few but loved by all who have had the opportunity to taste it.

Today, there are many variations of approved “seals” restricting production of balsamic by both the Italian Denominazione di Origine Protetta and the European Union's Protected Designation of Origin, MiaBella Traditional Balsamic is D.O.P. Modena; a certification reserved to balsamic made in the Modena Region only.

MiaBella Traditional Balsamic Vinegar is made from 100% Trebbiano grapes with no added sugars, caramels, flavors, or preservatives. The resulting product, called mosto cotto in Italian (grape must), is aged in wood cask barrels that are made of oak and juniper. Once the process is finished, MiaBella Traditional Balsamic is a rich, viscous, deep brown syrup and with a complexity of flavors that balance perfectly with any number of courses. Each bottle is numbered for small batches of one-thousand and individually signed, ensuring the highest quality of luxury balsamic available.

Using Traditional Balsamic Vinegar

When it comes to using MiaBella Traditional Balsamic we recommend looking to those who know the product best: the Modenese. Typically, Traditional Balsamic is used to dress bitter greens, complete a Parmigiano-Reggiano risotto or pork fillet, to drizzle on aged Parmigiano cheese or a variety of fruits and greens; but it can also be used for so much more. Rather than cooking and heating down the syrup, use it to enhance a finished dish. Traditional Balsamic Vinegars are nothing like the watered down, wine-vinegar plaguing the shelves of the supermarket claiming to be “balsamic vinegar”. In other words, MiaBella Traditional Balsamic is a luxury condiment that can bring your cooking abilities to a completely new level. When used properly, MiaBella Traditional Balsamic can pair well with just about anything.