Due Vittorie Balsamic Vinegar of Modena - Taste Test and a Giveaway

Rich and sweet, Balsamic Vinegar has been produced in Modena, Italy, since the Middle Ages and is now famous throughout the world.  It's good to see Due Vittorie Balsamic Vinegar, is now available for us to buy in the UK from Due Vittorie at Ocado.


Traditional or ‘Tradizionale’ Balsamic Vinegar;
Made from cooked grape must, usually made from Trebbiano and Lambrusco grapes.  The resulting thick syrup is aged for a minimum of 12 years in wooden barrels made from different woods (chestnut, cherry, oak, mulberry, ash and juniper). 
This connoisseurs’ product, also available from Due Vittorie at Ocado and costs £49.99 for a 100ml bottle. 

Due Vittorie Oro;
‘Balsamic Vinegar of Modena’ is £9.99 for a 250ml bottle has a remarkable sweetness and thickness making is a unique condiment.  It also fully meets the criteria for IGP* certification as “Aceto Balsamico di Modena IGP” and has a minimum acidity of 6%.
The Taste Test;
I poured just 1 teaspoon of three different balsamic vinegars of different prices into small dishes.  
I won't name the other brand but it's the dish to the far left and costs £2.50 for 250ml.
As you can see it looks watered down.  Look how 1tsp covered the dish compared to the Due Vittorie Oro at £9.99 
But when you look at the one on the far right (Due Vittoire Traditional) it was beautifully thick in constancy.    
 

The unnamed brand (my usual brand) actually tasted very vinegary in comparison whilst the Oro (middle) tasted so much better.  I will definitely buy this rather than my previous brand.  

As for the Traditional; well I have to say this is the bees knees of Balsamic vinegars. 
Far richer and thicker and sweet tasting - yes this is amazing.  At £49.99 though, it would have to be used for a special occasion! 

A few ideas on how to use Balsamic Vinegar;
  • Drizzled over strawberries
  • Delicious on roasted tomatoes
  • Drizzled over grilled fish
  • Drizzled on grilled steak 
  • As an healthier alternative to soy sauce - especially good with with sushi
  • Drizzled over chips - says my friend Helen Hannah (must say I haven't tried it) but I bet it's good so thanks for that Helen!
  • Goes well with goats cheese 
  • Asparagus wrapped in Parma ham
  • To finish and sweeten sauces such as ragu or chilli con carne
  • In homemade ice creams such as strawberry & balsamic
  • To make salad dressings
  • Or mixed with olive oil (as shown below) for dipping bread; mix 2 parts oil to 1 part balsamic


So my conclusion is you do get what you pay for!
I have to say really didn't want to open the Due Vittorie Tradizionale since at £49.99 I will only going to use it on very special occasions - yes I'm keeping mine in the cupboard thank you very much and I'll just look at the bottle - I don't want to part with it!  
The Due Vittorie Oro is an excellent and much more affordable alternative for everyday use.

To find out more pop over to Due Vittorie.
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93 comments

  1. I love balsamic vinegar on strawberries.

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  2. I use it on warm chicken salads or tuna/salmon salad!

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  3. I drizzle it over jacket potatoes instead of using butter - it's yum! :)

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  4. I griddle home grown onion, sliced courgettes and tomatoes and then drizzle a little balsamic after cooking

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  5. I always use it on salads.

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  6. Bacon and halloumi salad with a balsamic dressing

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  7. Strawberry and Balsamic Eton Mess yum! Perfect for summer!

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  8. I mix it with olive oil and dunk bread in it or use as a salad dressing.

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  9. I've used balsamic vinegar for years when making home made strawberry ice cream

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  10. Mine goes with bread and olives

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  11. I use mine for home baked bruschetta with a mild tomato salsa on top!

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  12. On salad leaves to make them a bit more exciting!

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  13. Drizzled over a leafy salad, preferably with lots of rocket in it

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  14. spinach salad with scallops and chorizo

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  15. It's great for caramelising onions

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  16. I use Balsamic in my pasta dishes to give a little zing :)

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  17. I love dipping bruschetta in balsamic vinegar

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  18. I mix it with oil and oregano and brush it over haloumi and peppers and bbq it

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  19. I like to make it into a glaze to drizzle over bruschetta :) xx

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  20. I like it drizzled over smoked salmon(but not too much or you lose the salmon taste)

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  21. I make a reduced balsamic and raspberry salad dressing (which also makes a lovely sticky, sweet marinade). Throw some balsamic and squished raspberries in a pan (add a pinch of sugar), leave it on the hob to reduce and pass through a sieve - so not too technical!

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  22. To make a balsamic butter sauce for haddock.

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  23. Mainly on salads but I love it drizzled on bruschetta

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  24. It's great with strawberries in a strawberry compote

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  25. Salad Dressing Or Bread Dipping :)

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  26. I love it on strawberries myself

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  27. As a dip for garlic bread

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  28. I used it on its own on salads to cut down on the calories with no loss of taste.

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  29. Love it over a nice tuna salad

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  30. Love it as a dressing for my feta salad

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  31. I use it with olive oil to make a dressing for a cold pasta salad

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  32. Salad dressing, dip with oil, and marinades, especially for grilled/barbecued dishes. Anything really!

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  33. Salad dressing, dip with oil, and marinades, especially for grilled/barbecued dishes. Anything really!

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  34. I love dipping bruschetta in balsamic vinegar

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  35. Salad dressings and for dunking warm bread in yummy!

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  36. I put it in a homemade BBQ sauce.

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  37. love dipping bread into olive oil and balsamic

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  38. I add a splash of balsamic to a tomato and fennel pasta sauce. It adds a zing to the sauce.

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  39. love it drizzled over a warm chicken breast, then added to a crisp green salad :)

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  40. Its gorgeous drizzled on strawberries

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  41. Any salads, to make a salad dressing :)

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  42. Balsamic Vinegar as a salmon glaze yummy with a touch of ginger x

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  43. Salad. Or mixing with oil and dipping bread into.

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  44. i use it on tomato bruschetta yum

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  45. I sometimes add a bit of Balsamico to meat marinades; it gives it just a bit of special flavour. And of course the classic, drizzled over tricolore salad (tomato, mozzarella, avocado). And can I just ask you where you got that cute heart-shaped dish from, which is shown with the Balsamico/oil mix? It's adorable!

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  46. So many good ideas here! I'm sure I can't add anything. I love dipping fresh bread into a balsamic/oil mix and putting it over pasta adds a little "something".

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  47. I mix it with gravy with bangers and mash!

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  48. Perfect with chicken and pomegranate seeds

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  49. Perfect with chicken and pomegranate

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  50. As a reduction on chicken with olives and sundried tomatos

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  51. To make a Panzanella salad
    Sheila Reeves @CakeReev

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  52. mostly on warm chicken salads and sometimes in homemade marinades

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  53. Drizzled on salad. Or on top of bruschetta yum!

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  54. I use it as salad dressing on anything I create x

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  55. I use it for dressing salads, but if I had a really good bottle I would be tempted to try using it in more adventurous ways

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  56. I it for salad and sometimes for sweet and sour chicken! mm :)

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  57. In a stir fry

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

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