At $29.95 for a skinny 200-millilitre bottle, you’ll be eking out this thick, sweet, and darkly delicious Solera 2000 Pinot Noir Balsamico vinegar drop by addictive drop. Barrel-aged, it’s the pinnacle of artisanal vinegars made in Summerland by Okanagan Vinegar Brewery’s Alois Thurn, and worth every penny of its lofty price tag. Others in the lineup (375 millilitres, $15.50) include organic-apple and black-cherry fruit vinegars, plus Cabernet, Merlot, Champagne Riesling, and sherry vinegars.
Okanagan Vinegar Brewery
Alois Thurn brings centuries of family tradition and decades of personal experience to his recently opened winery and his vinegar business of 14 years.The number 1117 on each label is the year of the first written record of the Thurn family as farmers and artisans in their ancestral home of Marmagen, Germany. When Alois arrived in Canada in 1982, he brought with him not only family expertise, but also a masters degree in food processing, experience as a restaurateur and a desire to continue the artisanal, labour-intensive way of creating products. For a number of years, Alois operated a Vancouver-based food consulting business and travelled the world. He moved to Penticton in 2000 and started producing vinegar a year later.