Emilia-Romagna is a wine growing region of north central Italy, south of the Po River and well north of Tuscany. The wines produced are evenly red and white. The main grape varieties are sangiovese, lambrusco, malvasia, trebbiano, and barbera. Sparkling wines make up a large portion of production, the frizzante red lambrusco being the most famous. Lambrusco is commonly made into a sweet wine but its pairing possibilities are not limited by its sugar content. The wine is just as beautiful with hard cheeses and pizza as it is with almond cookies. Other regional specialties to seek out are the prestigious Pignoletto, and the first white wines to receive DOCG status, Albana di Romagna. (Wine/Appellations)