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Joy and balsamic vinegar: This is what life’s about by janice waugh


oy. La dolce vita. That’s what I found. What I was looking for was traditional balsamic

vinegar and its glorious taste. I wanted to savor it. I wanted to understand it. I wanted to know how to buy it. You see, before leaving for Bologna, I was given a mission by my sister to find a supplier of the real Balsamico. I accepted the assignment with pleasure but I needed details.

Modena – the home of Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale Traveling in the Emilia Romagna region, I’ve learned that there is industrial food and then there is food. 1. There is Parmesan and then there is Parmigiano-Reggiano. 2. There is Prosciutto and then there is Prosciutto di Parma. 3. There is balsamic vinegar and then there is Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena.

Most balsamic vinegar you buy is produced by industry in vast quantities. Quality varies and the taste is simple. Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena is produced by families with their own vineyards and sometimes generations of experience. Its flavor is rich and complex. It is carefully regulated by the Corsorzio Produttori Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena, so if a bottle has the Tradizionale seal as shown in a picture below, you can be sure that it has been produced in the the traditional method that has been passed down for centuries.

So, back to my story. I found la dolce vita at the Antica Acetaia Villa Bianca. As you may already know, I’m staying in an apartment in Bologna with two other bloggers – Patricia of Turomaquia and Kristen of Be My Travel Muse. One day a week we travel together. This time our destination was Modena. Upon arrival at the Antica Acetaia Villa Bianca (acetaia is directly translated as vinegar cellar), we were greeted by Emilio and Aurora—brother and sister. Just as they were


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