Villa Manodori Artigianale Aged Barolo Wine Vinegar D.O.C.G.

Sometimes, without even knowing it, you have all the ingredients to make fresh foods from your own home. Because I am a big fan of spices, different types of vinegars and oils, one of my favorite things to make from scratch is salad dressing. This Villa Manodori Artigianale Aged Barolo Wine Vinegar D.O.C.G. is a great ingredient for those fresh salad dressings that you have to make today.

What’s great about this vinegar is that it adds a fresh twist on something old. Created by Chef Patron Massimo Bottura, this aged wine vinegar is made with quality and flavor in mind, it is fragrant and light, and speaks to fresh Italian cooking that reminds you of the outdoors and the sea. It brings a different taste to the table. Even though you may be a pro at making salad dressing from scratch, just adding this aged wine vinegar instead of your usual, store bought vinegar, will invigorate and freshen even the most common of recipes.

This aged wine vinegar is special for so many reasons. It’s neither white nor red, but a lovely red-orange color that will make your salad dressing look and taste really special. But it’s not just for salad dressing. Aged wine vinegar is great for stews and sauces. Any time you’d like to add a little acid and complexity to a dish, Just add a dash of this vinegar and it will compliment the taste nicely.

Shrimp goes great with this aged wine vinegar. Just add a little thyme and pepper and you’ve got a tasty twist on something new. Add some orange or lemon slices to play up the color. Because it is on the higher end on price points, I wouldn’t keep it just to myself. It’s really great for entertaining and making dishes that are made to be seen and explored.

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Chateau d'Estoublon Olive Oil Mini Tubes

If you are looking to add some variety into your life, you have come to the right place. No need to travel across the world, the flavors of Italy can now be brought into your very kitchen All the way from the olive grove, Chateau d’Estoublon, will have a varying range of oils to enhance your meal. With the Chateau d'Estoublon Olive Oil Mini Tubes you are getting three special tubes, which vary in what foods to use them with.  Each tube of oil is handpicked to give you the best tasting meals, every time.


The first Chateau d’Estoublon tube is the finest mixture. This is called Grossane. The taste may come as a surprise, as the citrus fruit aromas absorb into your meal. But the Grossane, handpicked in the depths of Italy, is the finest of them all.  This citrus oil is not a strong aroma. Instead it will lightly burst the citrusy flavor in your food and onto your palette, the right way. This is the perfect oil to douse over a salad, whether it be with fruit or not, this citrus flavor will add the perfect touch.


The second tube of Chateau d’Estoublon is the best to be used with steaming vegetables or a fillet of fish. The La Boutellian aroma is a more scented aroma then the citrus. With a deep scent of asparagus, sweet tomato leaves and green apple, this mixture is the perfect balance of complex but a dash of sweet. And lastly, the third tube of the Chateau d'Estoublon Olive Oil Mini Tubes is the deepest one of all. With a strong pungent aroma, La Picholine can be used with various foods. Whether it be fish or lettuce or even ice cream, this flavorful oil will bring out the best in any food.


After all is used, you may have to travel to Italy just to see how they do it! And trust me, Chateau d’Estoublon will be awaiting your arrival!

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