Balsamic vinegar is a gourmet condiment defined as: an intense, viscous, and aromatic vinegar of Modena, and Reggio Emilia, Italy locale. Balsamic vinegar is made from white Trebbiano grape juice and must, aged in wooden barrels for a minimum of 12 years. The phrase, ‘Balsamic vinegar,’ is a translation of Italian: aceto balsamico.
Gourmet balsamic vinegar is the traditional flavored vinegar often used in Italian food and recipes. It is commonly used as a salad dressing ingredient when combined with extra virgin olive oil. Balsamic vinegar also thrives as a condiment, topping, or flavoring accoutrement used after the dish is prepared. Balsamico originated from the region of Modena, and Reggio Emilia, Italy where it has been family produced for a millennium. Unlike common vinegars, balsamic vinegar is thick, dark, syrupy, and has a compelling complex, sweet taste. originally posted at, http://oilandvinegar.cruets.com/balsamic-vinegar-condiment