Sunday, December 20, 2009

Dinner in the winter - Balsamic

Balsamic vinegar

I never knew there was vintage-dated balsamic vinegar. Although I shouldn't be surprised - all balsamic vinegar constitutes is spoiled wine, no? This is 1980 Toro Albalá Castillo de Poley Balsamic Vinegar.

Made with the pedro ximénez grape, and started life as a fino sherry. With bread, just amazing. High strung acidity, lots of savoury, syrupy flavours. For dessert, the mango pudding was extraordinary. Not too sweet, wonderful consistency. And of course, a hunk of surface ripened cheese, a firm brie.

DF

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