Pomegranate Wine Vinegar from Feudo delle Ginestre
Trends come and go - this year it's the açaí berry, but last year it was the pomegranate. Juices, cupcakes and even beer have been flavored and infused with the essence of this incredible fruit.
But if you're thinking this is just another product invented to cash in on the craze, think again. In fact, pomegranates have been grown in Italy for centuries...a fact the Giovannelli family of Abruzzo know quite well. So it's natural that they would blend two of their loves - the vinegar made from their own wine and the juice of the pomegranates that bedeck the Italian landscape. The juice is blended with their red wine vinegar and a little of the must, or freshly pressed juice and skins, from their Montepulciano grapes. Then a blend of spices is added and the mixture is aged. The result is a marvel of acidity and sweetness, perfectly balanced.
We love to use this on an arugula salad with walnuts and roasted red peppers - a riff on the flavors found in muhammara. It is marvelous used to deglaze a pan in which you've seared a duck breast - add a little stock and butter and serve over the sliced duck. Or use this same technique with roasted squash or fennel. Try it sprinkled over fresh strawberries and, of course, pomegranate seeds for a refreshing summertime dessert.
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