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de Nigris ‘6 Stars’

represents mature balsamic vinegar, dark in colour with a sweet aroma. The flavour is smooth and tangy, making it a perfect complement to extra virgin olive oil in a dressing or sauce.

 

de Nigris ‘8 Stars’

is a superior balsamic vinegar with a rich brown colour and a slightly woody bouquet. It is quite dense and clings to the food on which it is drizzled. This vinegar is perf ect with raw fruits and vegetables to bring out the fresh flavours. It is also typically drizzled on Parmigiano Reggiano and Taleggio cheeses, a favourite local dish in Modena.

 

What's in your vinegar?

de nigris vinegarde Nigris Vinegars, established as a family business in Italy in 1889, uses the highest quality hand picked grapes to produce a complete line of Balsamic Vinegars of Modena. Each year as the dark syrupy liquid is decanted into progressively smaller oak barrels, the vinegar gains complexity and richness, giving it the hallmark quality, sweetness and density, colour and flavour that hav e made de Nigris one of Italy’s most popular vinegars. Renowned for excellence in quality, de Nigris Vinegars are enjoyed in more than 30 countries worldwide.

Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is an ancient product having been recorded in the royal archiv es of Emperor Henry II in 1046, when he gave some as a gift to Countess Matilde of Canossa. At that time it was used as an elixir and the recipe was a secret, passed from father to son. Since then, Balsamic Vinegar has been known as a precious condiment with special therapeutic properties; an essential garnish to complete a tabletop.

True Balsamic Vinegar of Modena comes f rom the northern part of Italy, near the gulf of Genoa. It is made from unfermented juice from white grapes known as ‘must,’ which has high sugar content and is typically found in Trebbiano grapes.

“A good quality Balsamic Vinegar can be recognised according to sensorial parameters, such as visual, olfactory and gustatory (sight, smell and taste),” says Luca de Nigris who manufacturers de Nigris Balsamic Vinegars. While younger Balsamic Vinegars add a balance of sweet and sour to salads and grilled vegetables, aged vinegars, which have a prevalent sweet taste, are recommended for use on aged cheese or vanilla ice cream and strawberries.

Classification systems have been established to help determine the quality of the vinegar. The ‘Stars Classification System’ designates a number (referred to as ‘Stars’), for each quality, beginning with the youngest balsamic, ‘4 Stars,’ and continuing to the long aged ‘25 Stars.’ The number of ‘Stars’ indicates the quantity of ‘concentrated aged “must”’ inside the finished goods. de Nigris offer a full range of vinegars, with the most practical for use in salads and cooking
being the ‘6 Star’ and ‘8 Star’ varieties.

 

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