Whoever can spot the phony bottle on this ebay auction for balsamic vinegar gets a quick 10 points( immeadiately).
Also tell me why its phony..( look closely, if you know anything about balsamic you'll see it).
Sarah, there are real white balsamics now that are aged 3 years and made from the same grape( Trebbiano).But at least your looking.
It's one of the red ones.Think Sarah!! Travis is on the right track( but no cigar yet) Why is that Ashley? Ashley!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok Ashley
Why is it a fake?
tell me and get 10 now!
3 guesses( and it isnt easy so I'll give a hint.
It has something to do with the 50 years. Yes Linz but why is it phony? mark--go home. Ashley, its deeper then that.
The label isnt 50 years old. Bromelia"Federazoni" is cheap junk.
You dont want that one. I think Ashley might get this one! No Chrispn.Thats the right bottle but not the right answer. Dirk is close but still its not 100% correct. Sl heres a good link but I dont know if it mentions why the age is important and how to know its really aged as long as they say.Remember all the balsamic vinegar makers got in alot of trouble for false labeling.
No Linz, nothing to do with the name.Its all about the 50 years Bromelia, yes they can be aged over 100 years. But how would you know it was really 100 years old?
Would you pay $100 and ounce for a 100 year old vinegar that had a false label? I may give it to Ashley for trying the hardest.
Its not an easy answer and she was pretty close.
I'll wait ten more minutes for someone to beat her or I'll close the question.
Then it takes 4 hours to get the 10 points( I think thats how long it takes). I'm closing the question.Why didn't anyone find it interesting?
I'm giving it to Ashley because I think she tried the hardest.
SL showed interest( but didnt star the question (:-
Dirk was on the right track and others
It was a hard question and heres the answer.
About ten or more years ago most of the balsamic makers in Modena were reducing cheap balsamic to thinken it( so it appeared aged) and then labeling 10 yrs old 20 years old and so on and charging the prices that those vinegars demand.
They were finally caught and Modena set up a consorzio( a controlling force, the same as Parmigiano Reggiano has)
to make sure that all the vinegars were labeled properly. Because the whole world got ripped off they were extremely strict with the standards.
So, bottom line.
No vinegar can have a year on it( with one exception) a consorzio bottle( thats a small one with the gold or silver top that comes in a squat bottle( very small) in a fancy box. Oops out of characters You can spot the conzorzio bottle easily by the shape of the bottle and the fancy box( some even come in wood)
There may be some pics on that link I send to Linz
So to fool people into thinking they're getting 10 yr or 15 year old vinegars they'll say 10 stars( nothing to do with the age) or a big 20 with the word Vat no. under it.
People see the 10 and 20 but dont notice that it isnt years or they assume it is. Ashley gets this one.
I enjoyed all of you guys and i want to do this again with all of you.
Ashley I have to wait 4 hours before they let me award the points.
You'll have them in the morning.
Thanks! Thanks SL and Bromelia( cute name).