A tasting of iconic DOP Extra Virgin Olive Olls from North, Central, & South Italy. Experience how more sun, hotter temperature and character local olives effects the olive oil as one travels south Italy.
North Italy: Riviera Ligure (Imperia, Liguria)
An olive from paradise. This is the typical lighter yet amazingly structured extra virgin olive oil that comes from the Italian Riviera. This olive oil is made with the Taggiasca olive, which is one of the tiniest olives in size, but known internationally for is structured flavor. This is classic is ideal for salads & seafood
-Producer: Afonnso (Imperia, Liguria)
-Color: Light intensity, yellow-green
-Olive Variety: Taggiasca (350m)
-Flavor: Mild, Sweet fruit, artichoke, almond, white pepper
Central Italy: Sabina (Rome. Lazio)
Historic olive oil because it is the 1st DOP olive oil ever established in Italy. The Sabina area is the zone where the ancient Sabine tribe (pre Roman Empire) lived. This area, which runs from Rome to Rieti, is a fertile paradise for Extra Virgin olive oil. Riccardo Longo recommends this olive oil highly because it is one of the most balanced Extra Virgin Olive Oils in Italy.
-Producer: OP Latium (Roma, Lazio)
-Color: Medium Intensity, yellow
-Olive Variety: Carboncella, Frantoio, Raja (230m)
-Flavor: Medium intensity, balanced, ripe fruit, walnut, butter, black pepper, oregano
South Italy: Terre di Bari (Bari, Puglia)
Puglia is known for its amazing olive oils. The Terra di Bari Dop features just one glorious olive: Coratina. This olive is one of Italy's most famous because of it spicy and bitter spectrum of flavor. For lovers of spicy olive oils, this is the holy grail. This particular Terra di Bari comes from the micro designation of Castel del Monte. This is the heart of quality olive oil production of Puglia. Pair with burrata, grilled meats & vegetables. No additional seasoning necessary.
-Producer: Primoli (Bari, Puglia)
-Color: Intense, yellow-gold
-Olive Variety: Coratina (200m)
-Flavor: Intense fruit, fresh herbs & spice including: Rosemary