April 30, 2012 - Fearlessly Archived - Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.
Some sources trace the origins of balsamic vinegar back to the 12th century, which, by any standard, is a long time ago. Trader Joe’s Gold Quality Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is aged… just not that much.
Our Gold Quality Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is crafted the traditional way, using Italian wine vinegar and concentrated cooked grape must (freshly pressed grape juice) from grapes like Trebbiano, Ancellotta & Lambrusco from seven specially selected vineyards in the Emilia Romagna region. It is aged in oak barrels from Slavonia (a region of Croatia) – we cannot specify the exact age of our Balsamic Vinegar, because during the traditional aging process new grape must be added at least every three years, meaning Balsamic of differing ages are layered to create complex flavor profiles over time. We can say, without question, though, that ours is a rich, full-bodied Balsamic, with an intense and enduring flavor. Blend it with your favorite extra virgin olive oil (we have an impressive selection, if we do say so ourselves) to make salad dressing in an instant. It’s a bold dipping sauce for crusty bread. And it is surprisingly enjoyable drizzled over fresh berries or desserts like panna cotta.
Most satisfying of all is our everyday price of $3.99 for each 8.5 ounce bottle, far less than you’ll pay for Balsamic Vinegar of Modena of comparable quality in other stores, and the same price we’ve had for more than five years.