South Park Magazine

Gift Tip #85: Gourmet Blends Balsamic Vinegars

These are not your average balsamic vinegars--they boast to be the best and so far I have not found any that can argue with that. These vinegars are barrel aged in Italy and then shipped to Napa Valley (yes--wine country) to be blended and bottled. You can choose from traditional balsamic vinegars to other flavors including black current, pomegranate and more. I am currently in love with the rasberry flavor. While I have used it in my salads, these vinegars can also be paired with fresh fruit, ice cream, meats and more. They would be a great gift for a health conscious friend (did you know that the products contain no sugar, msg, etc), foodie or someone who loves all things gourmet.

Gourmet Blends are not found in stores but are located online, local farmer's markets and special events. In addition to the balsamic vinegars the company sells dipping oils, olive oils and truffle oil. Next month you can find Gourmet Blends at the following Charlotte-area events selling their goods:

Great Grapes & Wine Festival: October 1st at Symphony ParkFall Holiday Craft Show: Oct 14-16 at Signal Hill MallCiao, Italia! October 15 at St. Matthew Catholic ChurchHoliday Gift Galleria: Oct 29-31 at Shelby City Park