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    Just got back from 12 days in Italy, and the good stuff is gooooood

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    Quote Originally Posted by rahimlee54 View Post
    I have been trying different stuff here and there for the past few months and I was wondering if anyone can point me in a good direction? I found something that is pretty good at a specialty Olive oil store, but I think there is something cheaper that is just as good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SameGuy View Post
    Honestly, it depends on the use. At home we're about as picky with our balsamic and EVOO as we are with our wines. That is to say: not very. For daily use, we like Costco's Kirkland-branded, imported Modenese balsamic vinegar; it must have a numbered "Consorzio" stamp and/or seal on the bottle to guarantee it is an authentic vinegar. There are authentic balsamic vinegars from wine regions outside of Italy, but the seal makes it very easy to confirm you're getting a balsamic made from wine grapes. The Kirkland Signature stuff is a bargain, and is perfectly fine for quick dressings, or to make simple reductions to put on strawberries or to to dress a Caprese salad. I also keep a "tradizionale" on hand, usually aged 7 to 15 years, but it gets used very sparingly -- almost always on late-summer tomatoes from my kitchen garden (or a Caprese made with them). The traditional stuff can get spendy, though. I have a tough time justifying the expense.
    Is this the one you're talking about? http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...411&lang=en-US

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    Yeah. In store, it'll have the "consorzio" numbered seal (even though it's a brewed vinegar and not an aged "aceto tradizionale"). It is very serviceable for general use. This evening I made a simple 1/3 reduction with a tiny amount of butter and it is just lovely -- sweet and tangy, with a simple bouquet. Just great with EVOO in a plate for dipping, and drizzled over my Caprese.

    Tonight's Caprese was a knockout: market Roma tomatoes, pink Himalayan salt, domestic bufala, fresh basil from my garden, a few turns of Tellicherry, a fairly generous amount of single-origin EVOO (Beretta, from Siena) and a few turns of organic Equinox maple flakes, with a final topping of the balsamic reduction. MMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm!
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    You guys have me drooling. I had some 125 yr old balsamic, it was heavenly. I am out now It slowly poured like syrup

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew H View Post
    Is this the one you're talking about? http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...411&lang=en-US
    That's an outstanding product for the price and it will stand up to a lot of Balsamic sold at 3x the price. The Whole Foods 365 brand is excellent as well.
    If your a Costco member don't over look the Kirkland estate EVOO.

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    I use leonardi richette... since I've found it I've never turned back. Not sure what it costs in your neck of the woods... But their 12 is excellent, as is their 15. One day i'll buy a bottle of 50 years...

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    If there's a Trader Joe's near you, their one-size-only balsamic is good out of the bottle for casual use and, as others have suggested, is even better if reduced by half (with a teaspoon of honey optional). Same method applies to the Costco balsamic. In New York, where the options are endless, I have found the store-brand balsamic at Citarella (small, curved 250ml bottle) at $24 to be expensive but worth every penny and better than the 12-24 years aged balsamic available elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckfat View Post
    That's an outstanding product for the price and it will stand up to a lot of Balsamic sold at 3x the price. The Whole Foods 365 brand is excellent as well.
    If your a Costco member don't over look the Kirkland estate EVOO.

    Dave
    It's true, both are really good for the price. Up here we also have President's Choice, the private label of the Loblaw's supermarket chain. Their range of imported balsamics and EVOOs are worthy as well, starting at about the same prices as Kirkland Signature.
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