Balsamic vinegars have been made the same way for centuries in vineyards like this one in Modena, Italy. Pat O’Brien of Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars will make a presentation at the Jesup on Feb. 26. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Italy comes to the Jesup

BAR HARBOR — Visit historic Modena, Italy, from the comfort of the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., when Pat O’Brien presents a slideshow and interactive discussion about the beautiful historic town and the age-old production process – dating back to the middle ages – for creating balsamic vinegars.

For the past five years, O’Brien, co-owner of Fiore with his wife, Nancy, has traveled to Modena in February to assist his friend Davide Lonardi with decanting the balsamic. Davide is the third-generation owner of the Acetaia Villa San Donnino, where balsamic vinegars have been produced and aged since the latter part of the 19th century.

In his presentation, O’Brien will provide insight into the entire process from the cultivation and care of the Trebbiano grapes, to the approval process controlled by the Consorzio di Prodotti in Modena, which has regulated the entire process since the Middle Ages.

This free presentation will include balsamic vinegar tasting to allow participants the opportunity to appreciate the differences of various grades of balsamic.

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