Balsamic Nectar // Balsamic Nectar // Boulder, CO
Think you know balsamic? No way, Giuseppe. Most is just red wine vinegar with caramel coloring. But real-deal balsamic vinegar — the certified stuff, straight from only two regions in Italy, and only one kind of Modena grape — is a hundred-buck-a-bottle investment, each one at least 12 years old and each precious drop a life changing burst of flavor. Thankfully, a drop is all you need. Sadly, that drop can take decades to mature. Except at the hands of this Boulder, CO producer, who uses a secret shortcut to speed up the aging. The process may be new, but a traditional application is still best: toasted country bread, sliced tomato, a drizzle of good olio and a drop (or two) of nectar.