Thank you so much for your emails supporting our journey to Italy. It was our largest response ever! I continue to receive emails every day….and they are so encouraging…and have really meant a lot as we have had crazy days since touching ground in Florence…it is quite an experience which I will write more about in our “Let’s Chat” section as we get settled in….but just know that I have read every email and they have all meant so much….thank you!
Tomorrow we are going to shop at the largest produce market in the City….find Emily a school…Kaelin a uniform…and figure out the bus routes….the time change is perfect because it allows me to work at night..we settle in a little more every day…it will be nice to have the kids in school and start our routine!
The first thing that struck me as we have begun to eat in our new home is the use of vinegar…..every place that we have eaten has a bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar and/or Red Wine Vinegar on the table. When you order a salad you are not asked what type of dressing you would like….the green salad comes out undressed…you simply drizzle the oil and vin on and voila….and it’s delicious…so simple….I think the beauty of this is that the taste of the greens can truly be complimented by the oil and vin and not overpowered by it…..
My family’s favorite salad is dressed with our Lemon EVOO vinaigrette…..and I love Caesar dressing and our Balsamic Vinaigrette as well…..but I’m going to work this style of dressing into our meals now…it’s just another example of the power of ingredients!
This journey has reminded me of how proud I am of OUR wine vinegar…they compete with anything I have tasted here…very similar…..and can I say that I miss ours? Over the years, our vinegar has been in all the major food magazines….Bon Appetit….Gourmet….Saveur…..Food and Wine…and more…and I always forget to brag about them!
Wine Vinegar is really dependent on the quality of the wine that you use….the method is which you turn the alcohol into acid….and how long you age it.
We ONLY use Napa Valley wine in our vinegar. We are the only company to do this…most companies buy bulk wine….so…I really owe it to the quality of wine that we are able to find….and it is NOT bad wine that you use to make vinegar. The wine that we use tastes good….that’s part of my evaluation….some of the wine that we have purchased is from VERY well known wine makers….not everything they produce makes the cut….and that’s where we come in. if the wine has good character….I send it to the local wine lab to test the level of sulfites….if it is is within our preferred levels then I purchase the wine and bring it into our facility…we actually have to have a Bond on our facility because we are moving wine into it.
Once we move the wine into our facility..it is blended with our vinegar that has our Mother Culture in it..that is the bacteria that changes the alcohol into acid….this is called the Orleans Method. The Vinegar is left in oak barrels until it is ready to be bottled…we then send a sample back to the lab to make sure the alcohol is gone….we taste it to ensure it is up to our liking…..and then blend it with distilled water…..the acidity level is about 11% so we have to bring it down closer to 6% so we don’t blow your socks off…..standard practice. So…as you can see…we do everything we can to ensure we produce the best we can….
I encourage you to check out the stories on all of our vinegar in the product pages and in the Let’s Chat section….great stories on our Sparkling Wine Vinegar and our Cask 85…..the oldest American Vinegar on the market!
THE FLORENCE VINAIGRETTE SPECIAL!
I’ve put together a package to make it easy for you to keep oil and vin on hand to dress your greens! I’m calling it “Florence Vinaigrette” and it includes one Sevillano Extra Virgin Olive Oil, one Red Wine Vinegar and one 6 Yr Old Balsamic Vinegar. This is normally $54 if purchased separately but we will offer it in the package for $48 and to get you totally set up….we will THROW in 3 pour spouts at no charge.
I hope this email finds you enjoying your New Year! As we sit in our chilly apartment waiting for our laundry to dry naturally….remember to appreciate your resources…not every Country is so lucky!