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Bologna: Wednesday, July 9 Part 1

This is day is our only EARLY get up! I was showered, dressed, and at the bakery around the corner at 6:15 to pick up pastries for our "breakfast on the bus" trip to the Parmigiano-Reggiano tour of a casificio (dairy) where the cheese is made. Those cows wait for no one to sleep in! At 6:30, the breakfast room staff had early coffee drinks ready for our group, and at 6:45 we were on a bus to Reggio-Emilia.

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We arrived at the casificio at 8:00, and were ready for our tour. We "suited up", and saw how the cheese is made, learning all the steps of the process.

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We were fortunate that our tour guide, Christian, was one of only a handful of "cheese testers" for all of the 150 dairies where Parmigiano-Reggiano is made. He showed us how the cheeses are hit with a hammer-like instrument to check for the sound of an air bubble or flaw.

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Of course, the best part of the tour is TASTING and EATING the cheese, and then being able to buy it to take home at a lower price than in a shop.

Next our bus driver, Antonio drove us to Modena to visit the beautiful villa of Giorgio, Giovanna and Carlotta Barbieri, and for a lesson in the production of Balsamico di Modena DOP, and a tasting. This was my fourth visit to Acetai di Giorgio, and I learn something new each time I visit.

We were greeted warmly by Giorgio, Giovanna and Carlotta's boyfriend, Marcello, who gave out tour in English.

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We tasted 9 different precious vinegars, aged in different wood, for up to 25 years.

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Stay tuned for tomorrow's lunch at Giusti, and the rest of our Wednesday afternoon and evening...

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