You've probably heard more about the food of the Emilia-Romagna region than the wines but there's much to discover about the wines of this region. A must-read to choose wines at home or plan a series of vineyard visits.
I am in Modena, of course, renowned for traditionally made balsamic vinegar. At the epicenter of Emilia-Romagna, Modena lies between Bologna and Parma on the Via Emilia, the road that has cut a north-south swath through Italy since Roman times.
The dream child of the brothers behind Italy's most famous pasta, Academia Barilla is a cooking school in Parma for professionals and amateurs alike. Read on for details on this not-to-miss experience.
Take one cookbook writer and one artist. Mix well. Add to the Tuscany countryside, and the result? A lovely bed-and-breakfast, and critically acclaimed culinary institute.