Minus 8 produce a selection of vinegars and verjus that top chefs have been using since 2001. Since we established our links with the Rungis Market we have had extremely positive feedback from those who have ordered from the Minus 8 collection.

Minus 8 Origins.

The name Minus 8 originates from the temperature at which the grapes are picked. Grown on a family owned and operated 100 acre vineyard in Niagara, Canada, the grapes benefit from the regions warm summers and cold winters. The grapes are picked well past their normal harvest in the winter months when the temperature drops to at least -8⁰C.  Over the autumn, the grapes oxidise on the vine and they start to dehydrate which adds to the complexity of the flavour through the concentrations of the acids, sugars and flavours in the grape. When the temperature is -8⁰C or below the water within the grape begins to turn into ice inside the fruit which leaves the acid, sugars and most importantly the flavour in a liquid form making them perfect for pressing. The grapes are picked by hand, usually at night as the temperature is at its lowest before being pressed immediately at freezing temperatures which extracts the purest of juices resulting in a dark, raisin colour with a soft sweetness and fruitiness.

Similar in body to a balsamic vinegar and in depth to an aged sherry vinegar, Minus 8 vinegars starts with a variety of up to 8 different varieties of red and white grapes, turned into wine which is then slowly fermented. Blended using the solera method where batches from previous years are mixed with the new vintage, the vinegar is aged in French oak barrels for several years before being decanted into the Minus8 bottle and cork and wax sealed. The first vintage of vinegar dates back to 1997 with a portion of different vintages blended to produce the final product and the remaining vinegar reserved for blending in future.

Minus 8 taste.

Blending the vintages from previous years brings complexity of flavour and depth of age to the vinegar which in turn provides consistency of Minus 8 from year to year allowing for taste differences due to the individual vintages. Due to the vinegar containing a high residual amount of tartaric acid which is a naturally occurring grape acid, Minus 8 is perfect for reduction and finishing in culinary dishes as the tartaric acid is not volatile like acetic acid. The natural oxidisation, freezing and aging process creates the viscosity of Minus 8.

The Minus 8 Collection.

The team behind Minus 8 currently produce a collection of 10 uniquely flavoured products.

Original Barrel Minus 8
5% ACETIC ACID VINEGAR 2 oz
Minus 8 Vinegar is drawn from the first ever barrel
of Minus 8 made in 1997. Each bottle is capped
with an eye dropper for precision application.

Dehydr8
5% ACETIC ACID VINEGAR 12.9 oz
Vinegar is made from the sweet Riesling raisins of
hand-picked and air-dried Riesling grapes. French oak
and bottle aged for several years.

8Brix Verjus
VERJUS, Red and White 16.9 oz
Verjus is made with juice from the naturally frozen ice-wine
grapes. Pure juice from premium wine grapes, hand-picked
at many ripening intervals are blended for flavour and balance.

L8 Harvest
5% ACETIC ACID VINEGAR 6.76 oz,12.9 oz
Icewine vinegar is made from Vidal grapes that
are picked while naturally frozen from the vine
and pressed immediately. Bottle aged.

Maple Brix
SMALL BATCH VERJUS 16.9 oz
Sour & fruity premium Minus 8 grape musts of several
varieties and ripening stages are blended with the best
Quebec maple syrup specially made for us.

Ip8
5% ACETIC ACID VINEGAR 6.76 oz
Beer vinegar in the style of India Pale Ale is made
with an additional blend of aromatic hops and ice.

Maple 8
5% ACETIC ACID VINEGAR 6.76 oz
Barrel fermented maple syrup vinegar, made from the
best tasting Québec syrup. Aged in oak barrels
(available 2017).

Concord8
5% ACETIC ACID VINEGAR 6.76 oz
Vinegar that tastes like fresh pressed Concord grape
juice is made from these delicious blue table grapes
native to our area.

Veget8
5% ACETIC ACID VINEGAR 6.76 oz
Icewine vinegar made from Cabernet Franc grapes,
grown to taste vegetive, is blended with vinegar they
made using ripe local Roma tomatoes.

Minus 8 IP8 beer vinegar

Win a bottle of this amazing Minus 8 IP8 Beer vinegar.

Minus 8 Competition.

Send in your best recipe ideas and any photos of the finished dish using Minus8 IP8 Beer Vinegar and our expert panel (some of the office team) will select two winners who will get a complimentary bottle of Minus 8 IP8 Beer Vinegar.  Closing date 25th April 2016 and we will announce the winners on Twitter & in our weekly email.

 

Ordering Minus 8.

If you wish to order from the Minus 8 collection please sign up to our Rungis email list. We are able to source straight from the French Market for deliveries on Wednesday and Friday.

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