I thought I was a foodie, but apparently, I know nothing about balsamic vinegar. I found this out recently†when I visited Cooper Mountain Vineyards.
This winery not only produces delicious biodynamic†wine. (They were the first winery in Oregon to be certified organic.)†They also make highly concentrated, aged balsamic vinegar in the true Italian style. This stuff isnít made for salad dressing. It takes such careful aging — at least six years –†and with most of the liquid evaporated over time, it ends up being concentrated almost into syrup. A tiny bottle costs $60. Iíve heard itís absolutely sublime drizzled over a little Parmesano Reggiano, risotto, strawberries or even on vanilla ice cream! (more…)