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Balsamic vinegar - recos for a good grocery store brand in Toronto?

Sandybandy Jun 19, 2008 01:54 PM

Any recommendations for a good balsamic vinegar brand that I can buy at a grocery store? I saw the old threads that talk about places downtown to purchase but I live in Richmond Hill...hoping not to have to travel too far for a decent (not super expensive) bottle of balsamic for salads etc.


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  1. Kagemusha RE: Sandybandy Jun 19, 2008 02:16 PM

    Costco's house brand isn't half bad, nor is their EVOO.

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      Nyleve RE: Kagemusha Jun 20, 2008 07:34 AM

      I was going to suggest Costco's Kirkland brand also. The price is great and the vinegar is much better than anything else in the same price range. Cheap enough to use liberally in a marinade or whatnot, but still tasty enough to drizzle on a ripe tomato. I decant it into a small bottle for everyday use and leave the large bottle in the cupboard.

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        graydyn RE: Nyleve Jun 20, 2008 08:57 AM

        Although I agree that Kirkland's vinegar works well in dressings, I've found that it turns out bad if used in a reduction. It's like some of the solids fall out and the reduction turns out sort of silty. Last time I used it I ended up pouring it through a coffee filter first.

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          Nyleve RE: graydyn Jun 20, 2008 10:54 AM

          I've never had that happen to me. That's weird. Maybe you got a bad bottle.

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      whattodo RE: Sandybandy Jun 19, 2008 03:59 PM

      I suggest that you try Grande Cheese on Yonge Street or Sue's Fresh Market - both in Richmond Hill. They both have a good balsamic vinegar selection. I have used a brand that says Antichi Solai - A tall thin bottle with a yellow label that has pictures of oak barrels on it. I have seen it at both locations and its very good. It's perfect for my salad dressings. At Sue's market, you'll find it over the olive bar section with all the other specialty balsamics.

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        Gary RE: Sandybandy Jun 19, 2008 06:33 PM

        We usually buy Fini, in the short squarish bottles. Considering the price it's pretty darned good -- at the St. Lawrence Market it sells for $12 to $15 for a 250 mL bottle, but they have it at Sobey's for $9.99. I've paid a lot more for balsamics I liked a lot less.

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          millygirl RE: Gary Jun 19, 2008 09:09 PM


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            tracey RE: millygirl Jun 19, 2008 09:17 PM

            Fini is my regular brand as well. I may be wrong, but I think I originally tried it because it was highly rated in blind tastings by Cooks Illustrated. You can also get it at Williams Sonoma for about $10.

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          budeeez RE: Sandybandy Jun 19, 2008 07:27 PM

          PC Premium Aged Balsamic Vinegar is excellent. We use it along with a good olive oil to dip bread.


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            embee RE: Sandybandy Jun 20, 2008 04:13 PM

            I hate to recommend Pusateri's, as their prices are so ridiculously high. However, they have one house brand balsamic that is really stellar. You need to swirl the bottle to identify the correct one. It is slightly viscous, much like reduced balsamic or a much more expensive traditional one.

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              TorontoJo RE: embee Jun 21, 2008 04:49 AM

              I agree, their house brand (around $35) is fantastic. I could eat it with a spoon.

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