Reserve your 2011 New Olive Oil now

For the past 2 years this has been our favorite Olive Oil and now, we have arranged for you to have some, too.

Azienda Badevisco di Cassetta Franco - Sessa Aurunca (CAMPANIA)
This oilve oil is a blend of three breeds of olives:
frantoio, itrana and sessana.
Sessana is 60%, and the other two are the remaining 40%, chosen year by year.
At the 19th National Ercole Olivario Competition early 2011 in Spoleto, Badevisco placed 2nd in the medium fruity category

It is a beautiful golden yellow color with delicate green reflections.There are intense notes of freshly mown grass and a hint of herbs, particularly mint and rosemary  The taste is strong and elegant, with harmonious tones of artichoke thistle and notes of dried fruit on the finish. All-in-all, simply delicious.

The olives are still on the trees enjoying their last few days of sun and air.  They will be picked and pressed later this month and it will ready the first days of November.  You can expect your delivery shorty thereafter.  We have been promised about 100 tins, but you know the drill, it is first come first served and when it's gone it's gone.  We recommend you save 7 empty green colored wine bottles and put the oil into those. It will also allow you to give them as gifts (but, are you crazy?). That will keep it fresh and delicious for a full year until we do this all again next fall.

The price, including delivery, is 
$205 for a 5 liter tin (shown above)
For comparison, that is $31 per 750ml -- the usual sized bottle.  There are 6.6 bottles in the tin

Please contact me here for payment info or to answer any additional questions.
Sorry, 2 tin max per shipping address. 


Prestigious Cangrande della Scala Award 2010 was assigned in Verona to Milena Pepe, owner and wine maker of  Tenuta Cavalier  Pepe located in Luogosano, Avellino Province, Campania Italy.
Milena was born in Belgium and studied Oenology and viticolture in France. She came back to her country of origin  at the end of 2004 to produce traditional wines from native varieties: aglianico, coda di volpe, fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo and Taurasi docg. The family estate consists of 40 hectares of vineyards and 10 of oliveyards of local varieties. The Winery house has been patiently built through years by Milena’s father, Cavalier Angelo Pepe, famous restaurants owner in Bruxelles for over 30 years.

The prestigious Award was assigned thanks to strong human and financial resources invested in local viticulture and enology development and promotion , both nationally and abroad . This Prize “ says Milena Pepe over the phone” pays back our family’s efforts and hard work and pushes us to go ahead with pride and passion. Vinitaly 2010 has focused attention on strength points of the Estate: good varietal correspondance of wines, excellent quality-   price range, and, overall, being exclusive owners of 40 hectares of vineyards is a very strong asset and confidence source for buyers.

Italy has 8 New DOPs and IGPs

DOP  Protected Designation of Origin
  • Pistachio Nuts from Bronte (Sicily - Catania) -- il Pistacchio di Bronte
  • Provolone del Monaco (Campania - Naples) --  
      and 2 Olive Oils
  • Colline di Ufita (Campania - Avellino)
  • Colline Pontine (Lazio - Latina)
IGP  Protected Geographical Indication
  • Peaches from Verona -- Pesca di Verona
  • Valtellina Apples (Lombardia - Sondrio) -- Mela della Valtellina 
  • White Celery from Sprelonga -- Sedano Bianco di Sperlonga
  • Ricciarelli di Siena
Another 50 Italian food specialties are pending registration.
YAY, Italy!

a Shame

Standing near the counter at a little wine shop in Safety Harbor, I saw a carton of Olive Oil for sale.  It was $19.99 for 1 liter.  It said Made in Italy and was coming from Sicily.  Bless his heart as the staff suggested it 'was the best Olive Oil I had ever tasted'.
The bottle had
Not the date it should be consumed by nor the date it was bottled.  Nothing.
The owner, while Italian himself, has been here for a long long time.  So long that he has not remembered the first thing one should look for in a bottle of Italian Olive Oil.  Yes, a dam shame.

Azienda Agricola Comincioli

Puegnago sul Garda (BS) – Lombardia
Azienda Agricola Comincioli has proposed three selections to our panel and they are all excellent. This performance is due to Gianfranco Comincioli, the heir of the estate of Castello, which has belonged to his family since 1552. There are 10 hectares of specialized olive grove with 2,600 trees. In the last harvest 400 quintals of olives were produced, which, together with 200 purchased, yielded 55 hectolitres of extra virgin olive oil.

The farm has proposed three Extra Virgin selections, all Denocciolato: N° 1 and the Monovarietal Comincioli – Leccino and Casaliva, which has been chosen by our panel. It is an intense limpid golden yellow color with slight light green hues. Its aroma is definite and complex, rich in ample vegetal notes of artichoke, chicory, lettuce and a strong hint of mint and rosemary. Its taste is fine and rotund, with a strong spicy flavor of black pepper and sweet almond. Bitterness and pungency are present and strong. It would be ideal on emmer starters, salmon carpaccio, lentil salads, marinated amber-fish, pulse soups, first courses with mussels, stewed cuttlefish, tuna tartare, gridded poultry or white meat, pasta filata fresh cheese.

Farm Ranking              96    really excellent    Top Farm    Heart Farm
Farm Tendency           steady
Height of olive groves         210 metres
Olive varieties              casaliva
Tasting category          medium fruity
Published with permission from FLOS OLEI 2010 a guide to the world best extra virgin olive oils by Marco Oreggia

Azienda Agricola La Selvotta

Vasto (CH) – Abruzzo
La Selvotta extends over the hills of Vasto near the Adriatic Sea in the centres of Selvotta, Buonanotte, Collepizzuto and Montevecchio. Here olive oil making has been handed down for three generations. The farm was founded in 1964 by Nicola Sputore and is now run by Giovanni and Elio. The specialized olive grove covers over 6 hectares with 1,650 century-old and younger trees, cultivated with integrated farming principles. In the last harvest 740 quintals were produced and 65 purchased, with a yield of 120 hectolitres of oil. 

There are two Extra Virgin Monocultivar selections La Selvotta: l’I77 and especially the particular Nebbio. The latter is a limpid yellow light green color. Its aroma is fine and complex, with rich vegetal notes of artichoke, lettuce and thistle. Its taste is rotund and fragrant, with hints of mint and basil, enriched by fruity notes of raspberry and a sweet almond finish. Bitterness and pungency are present and complimentary. It would be ideal on chickpea starters, amber-fish carpaccio, Caesar’s mushroom salads, marinated bass, boiled potatoes, pea soups, fish cous cous, fried squids, boiled fish, soft fresh cheese, oven cakes.

Farm Ranking                       86        very good
Farm Tendency                    steady
Height of olive groves         100 metres
Olive varieties                      nebbio
Tasting category                  light fruit

Published with permission from FLOS OLEI 2010 a guide to the world best extra virgin olive oils by Marco Oreggia

Agraria Riva del Garda

             Riva del Garda (TN) – Trentino Alto Adige       

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The co-operative Riva del Garda, which has obtained an excellent result, was founded in 1926 to promote agriculture in Garda Trentino and has developed over the years thanks to the passionate work of its members. The Oil Mill Agraria Riva was built in 1965 and since then it has been working the most of the local production. There are 50,000 old trees on a surface of about 300 hectares around Riva del Garda. In the last harvest 8,238 quintals of olives were produced, equal to almost 1,508 hectolitres of extra virgin olive oil.

The Extra Virgin Uliva Pdo Garda – Trentino is excellent. It is an intense limpid golden yellow color. Its aroma is elegant and complex, endowed with ample vegetal hints of artichoke, wild thistle and chicory, enriched by fresh fragrant notes of mint and rosemary. Its taste is mellow and rotund, with hints of country vegetables and a black pepper and sweet almond finish. Bitterness and pungency are present and complimentary. It would be ideal on mayonnaise, Caesar’s mushroom starters, perch carpaccio, lettuce salads, marinated bass, leek soups, rice with shrimps, tin foil turbot, waterhen tartare, soft fresh cheese, oven biscuits.

Farm Ranking                      87 very good
Farm Tendency                   rising
Height of olive groves          80 – 250 metres
Olive varieties                     casaliva (95%) – leccino e pendolino (5%)
Tasting category                  light fruity

Published with permission from FLOS OLEI 2010 a guide to the world best extra virgin olive oils by Marco Oreggia
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