Italian Sideways 2006 – Day 10
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Later in the afternoon our friend Daniele Malagoli picks us up and together we go to another appointment at the headquarters of the La Tradizione Cooperative which is part of the major of two consortiums dedicated to protecting and overseeing the production of the ABTM, or Traditional Balsamic Vinegar from Modena, which, though the name can be confusing, is truly a different, more noble product than the generic Balsamic Vinegar from Modena. The second one, currently is actually not protected and the name is used freely to market products that are made to look and in some ways taste, like the real thing, but which in reality is to the real product as imitation leather is to the real thing, or rhinestones to diamonds.
That said though, to further confuse consumers, there are serious generic Balsamic Vinegars from Modena on the market, which are produced by honest producers who follow the traditional method and the ingredients used to make this simpler variety and are used daily in the preparation of sauces and to season salads.
I close the day with an evening out with my old local buddies while Brigit has a light dinner with my mom, which includes the typical dipping of slices of the Modenese bensone pastry in sweet Lambrusco wine as dessert.