Baker & Olive is a locally owned, chef-inspired specialty shop whose Culinary team curates a delicious collection of world class aged balsamic vinegars, ultra premium freshest harvest olive oils from around the world.
How is Balsamic Vinegar made?
Prepared using ancient traditional procedures, the process begins with careful selection of Lambrusco and Trebbiano grapes. They are ideal for the high sugar content required for production. These grapes are pressed and the resulting juice called “must” is heated in copper cauldrons until the volume is reduced through evaporation to about 40% of the original weight. The liquid is then decanted into wooden barrels (chestnut, oak, juniper and cherry) and left to age and transform into vinegar. As time goes by, part of the liquid evaporates and part of the liquid is absorbed into the wood. This is the moment called “rincalzo” which happens in the period of grape harvest. The liquid is transferred into smaller barrels while the new “must” is added to “top off” the bigger barrel.
Then it’s ready for you to accent your cooking!