More Balsamics on a Budget

In this month’s feature Acid Trip, we revealed how to spot and savor true balsamic vinegar – known as aceto balsamico tradizionale. Unfortunately, the real stuff can cost as much a new couch. Thankfully, there are younger balsamics, which are made according to traditional methods but cost a fraction of the price. Here, three budget-friendly balsamics to try, where to find them and how to put them to very tasty use.

Acetaia Malpighi Saporoso Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
This young balsamic lives its first six years in oak barrels then spends another six months in steel containers. Use it with veggies and roasted meats.
$27: 200 mL; Local Harvest Grocery, localharvestgrocery.com

Robbins Family Farm Traditional Balsamic Vinegar
This Italian import is aged for at least 18 years teeters between sweet and tart.
Tap: $12: 250 mL, bottle: $25: 375 ml.; Extra Virgin, An Olive Ovation, extravirginoo.com

Olivier 25-year barrel-aged balsamic vinegar
Pour with EVOO for a crusty bread-dipping experience like none you've had before.
$28: 15.5 oz.; Williams-Sonoma, williams-sonoma.com