Italian Sideways 2006 – Day 9
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We visit first the Barbolini winery in Casinalbo, at the foothill of the Modenese Apennines, to taste their line of wines, and select 'Terre di Pio', a Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC; 'Il Maglio', a Lambrusco di Modena IGT, made with Lambrusco Graspa Rossa, Lambrusco di Sorbara and a small quatity of Malbo grapes; the Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC Biologico (or from organic farming); and the Lambrusco Amabile DOC, the semisweet Lambrusco drunk locally as dessert wine and a favorite to dip into bensone, or a local, sliced dry dessert similar to biscotti.
We then drive to Cavazzona, a frazione (small town) in the municipality of Castelfranco, to visit the Caseificio Pelloni (Pelloni's family cheese factory), a full-circle Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese producing estate which owns the cattle, the fields which produce their feed, the processing plant, as well as the marketing and distribution sector.
We wrap up the day with a pizza at 'La Roda' ('The Wheel' in local dialect), with our good friends Gastone, Rita, and their daughter Valentina at whose beautifully frescoed apartment we are staying.