My F&W
quick save (...)

Taste Test: Balsamic Vinegars

Should you splurge on a pricey balsamic? We tasted 25 supermarket and specialty brands to find out. We liked the fancy ones for special occasions, but for daily use, some cheaper brands scored.

Progresso $2

staff comment "Nice fruitiness. You can actually taste the grape here."
interesting bite This low-cost American brand is made with selected grapes imported from Modena.

Bioanturae $5

staff comment "Mellower than some of the others—would be nice to use for dressings."
interesting bite It took a year of phone calls from the owner of the American company Bionaturae to convince an old family-owned Italian producer to create an organic vinegar for them.

Villa Manodori $35

staff comment "Sweet and raisiny."
interesting bite Chef Massimo Bottura from Modena blended this balsamic vinegar with some aged wine vinegar, specifically for use in cooking.

La Vecchia Dispensa Condimento Balsamico $39

staff comment "Smoky, oaky and full-bodied."
interesting bite Dispensa means "cupboard" or "pantry" in Italian.

Published May 2002
You Might Also Like


Add A Comment

    Add a Comment

    See our terms
    You must be logged in to comment. or
    The Dish
    Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
    The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
    F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.
    American Express Publishing ("AEP") may use your email address to send you account updates and offers that may interest you. To learn more about the ways we may use your email address and about your privacy choices, read the AEP Privacy Statement.
    How we use your email address
    Congratulations to Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef: New Orleans, the 11th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

    Already looking forward to next year (June 19-21, 2015)? Relive your favorite moments from the culinary world's most sensational weekend in the Rocky Mountains.