Our Chardonnay vinegar is made from Catalan Chardonnay grapes. Chardonnay wine is aged in oak barrels with a little vinegar from the previous year. The vinegar contains 30% grape juice which gives it sweeter, more rounded flavours than most vinegars. This perhaps explains the Chardonnay vinegar's somewhat cult following.
Drizzle a little of the Chardonnay vinegar over cured salmon or scallops, or try a few drops inside a shucked oyster.
Chardonnay is so sweet, tangy and full bodied, it doesn't even need mixing with olive oil for a salad dressing. Drizzle it straight onto green leaves or a tomato and cucumber salad.
This vinegar comes from the Roca family's vineyard in Penedès – west of Barcelona. It started as a small winery but when the family tasted an old, abandoned barrel of wine they realised what excellent vinegar the grapes produced – so they changed tack. The thirty-year-old company's vinegars have featured on many prestigious menus – from Nobel Peace Prize dinners, to many of the world's best kitchens, such as El Bulli.
Mignonette: 1/4 cup white wine vinegar,2 diced shallots, 1/4 tsp ground black pepper.