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Jun 19, 2008 01:54 PM

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

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

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    1. re: Kagemusha

      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.

      1. re: Nyleve

        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.

        1. re: graydyn

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

    2. 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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        1. 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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            1. re: millygirl

              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.

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