In a nutshell: A lively organic red wine vinegar made from the rare Slarina grape.
For this 'Limited Edition' vinegar, Nathalie Lefort crossed the border into Italy's Piedmont area and a winemaker she admires - Fabrizio Luli of Cascina Luli. His grandfather used to make Barbera wines for consumption in the family restaurant but today, Fabrizio makes organically certified, and celebrated, wines in and around the secluded village of Montaldo. Made from La Rina, a wine that uses the ancient grape variety Slarina that producers, like Fabrizio, are now growing again. It's a fruity and light organic vinegar perfect for vinaigrettes and more substantial cooking methods.
Details: 500ml bottle
About La Guinelle
We are proud to be the sole UK distributor for La Guinelle vinegars. These amazing vinegars are made by Nathalie Lefort in her charming open air vinaigrerie In Cosprons, a hillside village near Port-Vendres, overlooking the rocky Cote Vermeille coast close to Spain. Nathalie bought the small house at the end of a dusty lane in 1999 and soon after decided to revive the lost art of making artisan vinegar outdoors. Her philosophy is simple - " You need good wine to make great vinegar and you let nature do the rest." She uses the famous fortified red Banyuls dessert wine from local vineyards for her core vinegars, plus she also makes some limited production single grape varietal vinegars. Everything is done outdoors "en plein air", using an organic double fermentation process where the wines and vinegars are exposed to natural airborne bacteria in oak barrels for up to 8 months before further ageing in glass demijohns that are shaded from the sun. Discovered by top French chefs, we hope they will also find a spot in your kitchen as a great ingredient to add to favourite recipes, enhance many sauces, gravies and as a finishing ingredient used in the same way as a good quality extra virgin olive oil drizzled onto a dish.
Every year, Nathalie and her team only make about 10,000 bottles including some really interesting, and unique, single varietal and 'flavoured' vinegars which we will always endeavour to buy and stock before they run out.
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