Oil and Vinegar Bottles
The season is here -- for entertaining, gift-giving, family gatherings and lighting up of holiday spirit as the year winds to a close and the excitement of new beginnings and New Year celebrations continue to brighten the mood. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar gift sets are ideal for anyone on your list who loves to eat and entertain. Oil and vinegar cruet set is also a fabulous gift for yourself as you know friends and family will be popping in and out of your home this season. It is remarkably easy to assemble quick hors d'oeuvres with a bottle of specialty olive oil and select vinegar and rounds of your favorite breads. They make delightful dipping oil or are versatile enough for many recipe ideas - in salads, drizzled over grilled vegetables and for marinating meats. Wrapped and packaged in gift sets, they come in bottles and cruets which look attractive in your kitchen.
The process of making olive oil and vinegar is almost as specialized as the wine-making craft. The varieties of olives, for example, and the process of crushing them to produce different types of olive oil is a learned skill, practiced in specific regions of the world where they are grown. Balsamic vinegar, much sought after for the richness and complexity of flavor, was once accessible only to the wealthy aristocrats in Italy and was aged for 12-25 years in casks made of mulberry, oak and other high quality wood. Newer methods of its production have made it more readily and affordably available. As the health benefits of olive oil and vinegar become common knowledge, you can explore and experiment with several different varieties, as you would with wine. Vinegar-production has become very creative over the years and the range of products on the shelves is unbelievable. Fruits, honey, beer, cane and a host of other ingredients go into the its making. If you are a real vinegar fan, you can even make your own by aging it in special barrels. So go ahead and treat yourself or someone special to oil and vinegar gifts or even our newest making vinegar in oak barrel kits.