Michael White dislikes ubiquitous industrial balsamic vinegar and says there is only one REAL balsamic (left). He recently said to the WSJ: “I can do without all the different types of balsamic vinegars. There’s only one real balsamic, and that takes years to age. A sample is taken to the town of Spilamberto, where the consortium is, and they test it and you can only make so many bottles. The huge commercial market in America is all about packaging, and it’s caramel color and red wine vinegar and they mix it together with sugar. I also can’t stand drizzling with balsamic, it’s totally annoying.”
We couldn’t agree more! Our Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale from Modena is made by Ca Dal Non (grandpa’s house, in Italian) and it is certified by the Consorzio of Aceto Balsamico di Modena. The aceto balsamico tradizionale of Modena MUST be bottled in a small (100ml) bottle of the same shape and the bottle MUST be in a box (see picture on the right). If your Aceto Balsamico of Modena does not come in this bottle and in this box, it is not the real thing and Michael White would be very annoyed at you! So would we.