The Twisted Branch Olive Oils & Balsamic Vinegars:
At The Twisted Branch, we are excited to provide our customers with
a range of Olive Oil and Vinegar products.
We offer single origin oils for locations all around the world. Our products
"follow the crush"… which is just another way to say that our single origin
olive oils vary by harvest dates around the world. Be sure to stop in for a
taste. Olive oils have such complex flavors and can best be appreciated
with a taste!
In addition to our single origin oils, we offer a very large selection of
flavored olive oils.
Infused Olive Oils: These incredible products are achieved by a long an intricate process. Fresh herbs and/or spices are added to the olive oil and steeped for four to six weeks in the oil.
Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oils: Using a mild Extra Virgin Olive Oil as a base, concentrates or extracts are added to achieve a healthy and tantalizing flavor profile.
Fused Olive Oils: Infused and Flavored olive oils are combined to create a perfect flavor combination.
Balsamic Vinegars of Modena Italy
Artisan quality Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is made using ancient procedures. The process begins with careful selection of the Lambrusco and Trebbiano grapes, grown in the Modena region. They are ideal for the high sugar content required for production. These grapes are pressed and the resulting juice called "must" is heated in copper cauldrons until the volume is reduced through evaporation to about 40% of the original weight. The liquid is then decanted into wooden barrels (chestnut oak, juniper and cherry) and left to age and transform into vinegar. As the time goes by, part of the liquid evaporates and part of the liquid is absorbed into the wood. This is the moment called "rincalzo" which happens in the period of grape harvest. The liquid is transferred into smaller barrels while the new "must" is added to "top off" the bigger barrel.
And so continues the process...
Traditional Balsamic: A superior balsamic vinegar, with a rich brown color and a slightly woody bouquet. It is quite dense and clings to the food on which it is drizzled. We recommend this product especially with raw fruits and vegetables to bring out the fresh flavors of the earth's bounty. It is also served with pieces of Parmigiano Reggiano and Taleggio Cheeses, a favorite local dish in Modena.
Barrel Aged Dark Balsamic: The true artisan quality product from centuries old recipes. The vinegar is aged in small barrels under the traditional methods with strict controls. It reaches a perfect balance of aroma and flavor when fully mature. It can be enjoyed many ways but always for a special occasion or recipe.
Barrel Aged White Balsamic: Different from typical balsamic vinegar in that it has a lower acidity level and a pale color. It has a delicate balsamic flavor that compliments many fine recipes without darkening the ingredients of the dish.