This recent thoughtfully crafted premium vinegar from American Vinegar Works is getting lots of use in our kitchen lately. Made with chardonnay from California this vinegar would be a blanc and blancs if it were a champagne. Luckily it is not, it is better. It is slow fermented in small batches using a unique process from the early 1800s and aged in 25-gallon American oak barrels.
Why don't they call it Champagne vinegar? American Vinegar Works strives to make vinegars with a sense of place and that respect that sense of place in other foods. Champagne vinegar should come from the Champagne region of France. This vinegar is made from traditional champagne grapes (ie chardonnay) but it is made in New England, not France. This beautiful vinegar reflects the American wine tradition and builds on champagne-inspired vinegar flavor profiles.