GIUSEPPE GIUSTI ‘Affinato’ Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena D.O.P. 3.38 oz
Packing: 3.38 oz (100 ml )
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Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is a Protected Designation of Origin. Each distinctive bottle—round with a rectangular solid glass base—carries its own numbered seal and is beautifully embedded in a gift box. This Affinato, aged for at least 12 years, is second only to the highest quality Traditional Balsamic Vinegar in the world, the Extravecchio, also available.
Traditional Balsamic Vinegar is the felicitous result of special environmental conditions in the Italian region of Modena. Particular varieties of grapes, mainly the Trebbiano, are born into optimal growing conditions, and then nurtured through the centuries-old processes, with skills passed down from generation to generation.
The grapes, harvested late and deeply ripe, are crushed as if for wine, but before fermentation begins, the pressings, or “must,” is simmered slowly in open vats to a concentration of between 30 and 50 percent. After the resulting sweet, dark elixir begins to ferment through natural yeasts and cultures, craftsmen of skilled sensitivity to a balsamic vinegar’s natural evolution accompany it through a series of wooden casks in a slow aging under the producer’s watchful eye. The influence of each type of wood contributes to the characteristic savors, fragrances and hues of the vinegar. It is in these elaborate processes that the balsamic vinegar’s characteristics reach true perfection.
Dense, velvety, penetrating, lively and complete, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar is the perfect balance of sweet-and-sour.
Figured in noble wills and dowries and counted among the coronation gifts to Emperor Francis I of Austria in 1792, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar has been a highly prized for centuries, even considered a panacea for many different ills. It continues to be jealously preserved and lovingly tended down the generations.
GIUSTI is the greatest name in the history of balsamic vinegars. Having earned countless distinctions through the centuries, including supplier to royalty, Giusti continues to receive recognition and demonstrate its excellence as an extraordinary producer of gourmet vinegar.
In 1863, Riccardo Giusti was the first to put down in writing the recipe for balsamic vinegar. After centuries of oral tradition in vinegar production, this historic set of “golden rules” for perfect Balsamic vinegar designates the type of grapes, quality of casks, and aging. The “Giusti Recipe,” as it is still known today, further establishes the Giusti reputation for quality balsamics.
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