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The Consorzio Aceto Balsamico di Modena (Consortium of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena) has declared a new food holiday: November 1st Balsamic Vinegar of Modena Day.
Balsamic vinegar is one the most important Italian food products—and also one of the most knocked-off.
There is a lot of balsamic vinegar sold that is imitation balsamic. It hasn’t been made according to the rules and regulations of the Consorzio
Some inexpensive supermarket or big chain balsamics are simply cheap red wine vinegar colored and flavored with caramel.
If it’s inexpensive, it’s imitation!
Balsamic Vinegar of Modena’s origin dates back to ancient Rome, when grape must* was cooked down into a syrup used as a sweetener and condiment—and as a medicine, too.
Production of balsamic vinegar became linked with the Italian city of Modena during the 11th century.
Toward the end of the 13th century, the art of vinegar production was cultivated at the court of the Dukes of Este in Modena. But it was not until 1747 that the adjective “balsamic” appeared in the registrs of the cellars of the dukes.
In the 19th century, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena became known and appreciated abroad.
Since then, the bitter-sweet balanced flavor, with its intense deep brown color and luscious aroma, has become a favorite with connoisseurs worldwide.
*Grape must (from the Latin vinum mustum, young wine ) is freshly crushed grape juice that contains the skins, seeds, and stems of the fruit.