Produced in the cellars of a medieval village in the Chianti hills of Tuscany, Castello di Volpaia’s aged white wine vinegar is produced from carefully selected wines of the region. These unique vinegars are produced using the truciolo method: the wine is percolated through trucioli (chips) of oak and chestnut, transforming the natural alcohol of the wine into the acetic acid of vinegar while enhancing the wine’s complex bouquet. The vinegar reaches its full maturity only after long, slow barrique ageing in small oak and chestnut barrels. The result is an intense aromatic vinegar of exceptional roundness, with a rich flavor that enhances foods from salads to meats, to strawberries and mangoes. A little sediment in the bottom of the bottle is a natural byproduct of the process and will not detract from the qualities of the vinegar.
Unlike Italian balsamics, these sweet vinegars have no grape must added. They are made directly form the sweet wines themselves. Consistency is light. The sweet, fruit flavor is perfect for drizzling on all salads, grilled seafoods, and in recipes homemade mayonnaise, tartar sauce, and other cold, and warm sauces.
Banyuls is a sherry-like vinegar from Southern France that is treasured in the world’s finest kitchens. This small production vinegar is made from the naturally sweet wine of Banyuls, with a grape base of 50% Grenache Noir, 40% Grenache Gris, 10% Carignan. It has been barrel-aged for six years to develop nuanced flavor and an excellent balance of sweet and tart.