This past weekend, I went to the Virginia Wine Expo in Richmond, Va. In case you didn’t know, there are over 200+ wineries in Virginia, many of which were in attendance. I had the opportunity to try an excellent hard apple cider, a Viking-era mead (honey wine), some great regional reds and a delicious Red Apple Balsamic Vinegar I purchased from the good folks at The Olive Oil Taproom, located in Richmond, VA.
I wasn’t sure how I was going to use the balsamic vinegar, but when I tasted it – it was such a pure, sweet red apple taste – I just had to purchase a bottle. Several friends recommend pork dishes but I don’t usually eat pork, so my mind went immediately to salad dressings and appropriate salads.
After a little research and taste-testing in the kitchen, I decided on an apple salad: