Piω Gusto 2009 Sideways Part 5
Castelfranco Emilia, Italy, Wednesday, December 9, 2009
It is the last, busy day in Italy for this trip.
My old friend Alberto Zannoni, whom I have not seen in 15 years, drives from Padua some 140 odd kilometers (over 88 miles) to Castelfranco Emilia to bring me a couple of bottles of Prosecco sparkling wines which he picked up for me a few days earlier in Valdobbiadene. He arrives soon after 10 am, and about a half an hour later we are joined by Fabio Rota, the wine producing architect owner of Azienda Agricola Girolda in Reggio Emilia, who brings a selection of his wines, including a Lambrusco millesimato and two 100% Lancellotta (or Ancellotta) grape wines, a regular and a Riserva version.
Later, we are joined by Cristina, a friend who used to work with me many years ago when I was a professional photographer, We have lunch together with the excellent maccheroni al pettine home made by my mom seasoned with two different vegetarian sauces that I have prepared earlier in the morning: one with red onion, celery, and my mom's home made pelati (skinned, preserved tomatoes), and the other with red onion and red cabbage. The second course consists of white chicken morsels dipped in a light batter and fried, a selection of cheeses and a salad made with red onion, celery and fresh tomatoes cut in small cubes and seasoned in a bowl with quality extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt. To wash everything down, we open two bottles of Rota's wines: a chilled Rosa di Sabbione, a naturally fermented, lightly sparkling rosι made with Lambrusco grapes, and one of OroRosso, the red sparkling millesimato made with Lambrusco grapes as well.
After lunch, I go with Alberto to a caseificio (cheese factory) in Monteveglio, in the province of Bologna, to purchase local cheese, then we go visit the Azienda Vinicola Fattoria Moretto, owned by the Altariva family in Castelvetro, in the province of Modena, where we taste an excellent, fruity single vineyard Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro.
By the time Alberto drives me back to my mom's is almost dinner time, and time for me to start packing my bag, as well as a second suitcase which my friend Enrico has lent me, as I cannot safely fit the several bottles of wine and olive oil, cheese and Sicilian pastry (picked up at Lugano's Piω Gusto trade show.)