A full-bodied, aromatic, slightly sweet and tart vinegar made from white Trebiano grapes. Balsamic vinegar ages to a dark brown with a full-bodied, slightly sweet flavor.
Season: available year-round
How to store: In a cool dark place for up to 6 months.
How to prepare: Used in vinegrettes and sauces.
Matches well with: steaks, strawberries, tomatoes
Substitutions: 1/2 cup red wine vinegar = 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (significant flavor difference)