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Where Can I find a great Selection of Balsamic Vinegars in Orange County/LA

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Marissap Feb 7, 2012 11:21 AM

I was buying a thick beautiful 18 year old balsamic vinegar from a company online. They have the worst customer service, so I'm looking for something new.

Preferably a gourmet type shop with a big selection of Olive Oils and Balsamics in the Orange county Area. Wouldn't mind traveling to LA if it's a good selection.

Maybe a place where I could sample different balsamics before purchasing them.

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    Jack Flash RE: Marissap Feb 7, 2012 11:28 AM

    Hmm. I know they have a nice selection of true Balsamic vinegars at Cube marketplace on La Brea. Yeah, it's up in L.A., but that's what I know. We're talking super high-end, $250-$300/bottle stuff (up to 100 years old!) I don't know if they offer balsamic tastings, but you could certainly give them a call. It's also a great place to eat.

    http://www.cubemarketplace.com/

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      AAQjr RE: Marissap Feb 7, 2012 11:59 AM

      You could always try the italian goods importer guidi marcello in santa monica. They are geared to restaurants but sell to the public as well.

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        ebethsdad RE: Marissap Feb 7, 2012 02:18 PM

        Believe it or not Williams-Sonoma has a wonderful 25 year old balsamic for a very reasonable price, http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc.... You should also check Surfas if you decide to come up to LA.

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          Fru RE: Marissap Feb 7, 2012 05:38 PM

          I get Uncle Berch's products at the Pasadena farmer's market but they do on line and other markets so check them out. http://www.uncleberch.com/ They have a fig balsamic that is wonderful along with other flavors and straight balsamic vinegars of different ages. Hopefully this isn't the company that you are having trouble with because they are really nice, helpful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the products they sell.

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            condiment RE: Marissap Feb 9, 2012 02:52 AM

            Although a trip down the aisle of an upscale supermarket may suggest otherwise, you don't need a great selection of balsamic vinegar, you just need the right balsamic vinegar. For almost any purpose, I like the Villa Manodori, made by Massimo Bottura, chef of the best restaurant in Modena - it just earned its third Michelin star. The vinegar is beautiful, evocative stuff, not cheap at about $40 a bottle, but not so dear that you will never use it. You can even find it at Whole Foods, I think. Anything less is just sugary, caramel-colored junk unworthy of your table.

            Astronomically more expensive but perhaps worth it is the real balsamic, the tradizionale, which is made by one of the small makers in the consorzio, comes in a distinctive globe-meets-cube 100 ml bottle, and starts at around $160 for the entry level. Cube, Guidi Marcello and Surfas in L.A. are places to start, or you can order online from Zingerman's. There is a pretty big difference between producers, but you're probably not going to be able to choose. As with Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma, the consorzio promotes the useful fiction that all tradizionale is the same.

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              BSW6490 RE: Marissap Feb 9, 2012 10:40 AM

              Just stumbled upon Oliana
              8951 Santa Monica Blvd
              Ste J
              West Hollywood, CA 90069
              West Hollywood
              (310) 888-1874
              www.olianaoil.com/

              Great selection and very interesting.

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                foodiemahoodie RE: Marissap Feb 9, 2012 10:49 AM

                Guidi Marcello in Santa Monica. 18 year old balsamic? They have 25/50/100 year old balsamic. They have flavored balsamics too. And cheese and guanciale and all manners of dried and fresh pasta. It's a great little store.

                http://www.guidimarcello.com/

                1. ocshooter RE: Marissap Feb 9, 2012 12:46 PM

                  Though it may not have the same pedigree, I found some a Balsamic that I love at 41 Olive at the Irvine Spectrum. It is near Nordstroms and has a large selection of oils and vinegars for tasting.

                  http://www.41olive.com/

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                    Bogey153 RE: ocshooter Feb 9, 2012 01:04 PM

                    +1 for 41 Olive. Wandered in there during the holiday season and was pleasantly surprised with the variety, customer service and ambiance.

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                      hungry helga RE: Bogey153 Feb 14, 2012 09:00 PM

                      I love the balsamic vinegar's sold by Gourmet Blends at the Torrance Farmer's Market on Saturdays. You can sample them. I'm sure they're at other farmer's markets in Los Angeles. Here's their website: www.gourmetblends.us
                      They also sell really nice olive oils.

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                    gator28 RE: Marissap Feb 16, 2012 11:00 AM

                    Vom Fass in Westlake Village has many great vinegars from all over the world...a little far from OC, but great selection. And you can taste them all before committing to any.

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                      JudithP RE: Marissap Aug 14, 2012 06:02 AM

                      The best balsamic I've found is Olivier's - they carry it at William Sonoma. The Beverly Hills WS has a tasting section and you can give it a try. Also Surfas, in Culver City, carries a big selection of Balsamic vinegars but I think Olivier is as good as it gets.
                      JudithP

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                        loreeLB RE: Marissap Aug 14, 2012 09:44 AM

                        we olive in LB (other locations too) has a great selection, so does the olive oil store at the spectrum, both places allow you to taste everything first...

                        1. Das Ubergeek RE: Marissap Aug 15, 2012 12:48 PM

                          For real balsamic (which is stunningly expensive) you need to go to Claro's in Tustin or La Habra. We Olive/41 Olive has the same flavored oils and balsamics as you find in every olive oil shop everywhere, though the one in the OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa has a decent selection of bottles of imported oils (though at excruciating prices).

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