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Feb 2, 2008 11:58 PM

Desperately seeking "Ducato Entense" balsamic vinegar!

Does anyone know where I can buy this balsamic vinegar?

Thanks so much!!

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  1. Spell it properly -- Ducato ESTENSE -- and then Google and you'll be set.

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    1. re: maria lorraine

      Tried that and in English got a Fiat and assorted other things including L’Aceto Balsamico del Duca di Adriano Grosoli.

      1. re: wolfe

        You did add balsamic or balsamico to your search terms, didn't you?

        After that, click on Translate this page, or English results only, or go to the Italian websites and click on the British flag (for English). Then, it's just clicking and reading to find an importer or company from which to order. It's a little Internet sleuthing, but a worthy chase if the product is special to the OP or you. You can also click on "Contact" or "Contatti" and write an email requesting info.

        The name Ducato Estense comes from the Este estate, or duchy (dukedom), reportedly the birthplace of balsamico. You could also plug in Este as one of your search terms. Same with Duca (instead of Ducato).

        So I just did another search on Este and balsamic and found a bit of the history and at least one seller, links below. But I'm sure there are more. Just a caution to buy from a legitimate dealer or seller, because there's a fair amount of fraud in purchasing balsamic.

        1. re: maria lorraine

          Thanks but I will stick with Trader Joe's white and the red in the jug with a handle.

          1. re: wolfe

            Ah yes, I reduce the TJ balsamic that comes in the "whisky" jug down to a syrup. It's wonderful that way.

            But true balsamico traditionale is nectar of the gods. Let's hope the OP finds her Este and has that experience.

              1. re: wolfe

                Lest the obvious go unsaid...

                I don't think the balsamic there is representative of the price of normal balsamic traditionale. Which is always expensive but not exhorbitant like the product in the link. My god, some liquid would have to reverse aging to be worth that!

                1. re: maria lorraine

                  Ok,I admit that was the most egregious example I could find but there are a number of little round 100ml bottles with gold seals for hundreds of dollars.

                  1. re: wolfe

                    $250 is about market value in the US.

    2. You might be referring to this producer of organic balsamic vinegar, with the Duca d'Este's portrait on the label:

      I remember meeting them at the last SANA fair in Bologna, they didn't mention having an importer in the US.

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      1. re: RicRios

        I don't know much about this brand but I do know one place that sells fabulous balsamics. I hope this helps.

      2. Here is a link to Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor Mi. They carry some of the high end Balsamics and are a very reliable mail order source.
        For an every day balsamic the best I have found is the 365 brand carried by Whole Foods. They do have an organic and a standard however I prefer the non-organic in this product. Both are under ten doallars a bottle and superior to many I have tried that cost far more.
        Hope this helps.
        Enjoy! ;)

        1. You can order a "spray" version from Poland...

          Since it costs about $6.10 (converted), my guess is that you could easily substitute almost any off-the-shelf balsamic vinegar.

          Or you can write to the manufacturer, whose address is here: