Every fridge should have a jar of these delicious cherries pickled with tarragon in Banyuls red wine vinegar, just add to cheese and charcuterie platters as an alternative to the ubiquitous cornichon.
About La Guinelle
These amazing vinegars are made by Nathalie Lefort in her charming open air vinaigrerie in Cosprons, a hillside village near Port-Vendres, overlooking the rocky Cote Vermeille coast close to Spain. Nathalie bought the small house at the end of a dusty lane in 1999 and soon after decided to revive the lost art of making artisan vinegar outdoors. Her philosophy is simple - 'You need good wine to make great vinegar and you let nature do the rest'. She uses the famous fortified red Banyuls dessert wine from local vineyards for her core vinegars, plus she also makes some limited production single grape varietal vinegars. Everything is done outdoors 'en plein air', using an organic double fermentation process where the wines and vinegars are exposed to natural airborne bacteria in oak barrels for up to 8 months before further ageing in glass demijohns that are shaded from the sun.
Discovered by top French chefs, we hope they will also find a spot in your kitchen as a great ingredient to add to favourite recipes, enhance many sauces, gravies and as a finishing ingredient used in the same way as a good quality extra virgin olive oil drizzled onto a dish.
Every year, Nathalie and her team only make about 10,000 bottles including some really interesting, and unique, single varietal and 'flavoured' vinegars.
Produced by: La Guinelle
Cherries, tarragon, red wine vinegar
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Great Taste Award 2017 - 1 star