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Vino Cotto di Montillo

A Flavor From the Past--A Perfect Taste for Today!

The Smart, Healthy Choice

  • Gluten free
  • Natural antioxidants
  • Vegan
  • Natural source of energy
  • Cholesterol free
  • No alcohol or vinegar
  • No salt or fat
  • No artificial colors or flavors

Southern Italians call this naturally sweet syrup “vino cotto” which translates to cooked wine, but vino cotto contains no alcohol. And, authentic Vino Cotto di Montillo contains no vinegar, making it quite a versatile ingredient or condiment to have on hand! It's also that delicious sweet flavor in balsamic vinegar. Use yours to make balsamic vinegar by just adding distilled white vinegar to it. Next, add classic olive oil to make the perfect balsamic dressing. Reduce either of these over low heat for an amazing balsamic glaze!

Although entirely made from grapes, its delicious flavor which hints of figs and plums complements many foods. As for its consistency, vino cotto is more like a simple syrup. It isn't thick like honey, so it's easy to be creative with it. For lots of recipe ideas using Vino Cotto di Montillo, check out our recipe resource links Recipes link, follow us on Twitter and like us Facebook.

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The history behind vino cotto (defrutum) is that it was used as a sweetener throughout the Mediterranean, dating back to ancient Greek and Roman times. It is also similar to a biblical grape syrup called dibs as described in the book A Biblical Feast written by cookbook author Kitty Morse.

Links to historical information:

Food in the Ancient World from A to Z
A Biblical Cyclopædia: Or, Dictionary of Eastern Antiquities, Geography ...

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