December 2008

The holiday rush as subsided although there are still a few belated gifts being sent. Perhaps the recipients were traveling? The season is shifting and Olio2go’s customers are being good to themselves. Some shop January White Sales for new sheets. Our customers buy olive oil by the case!

We have Novello oils from Capezzana and Olio Verde. We are still waiting for the new harvest oils from Santisi and Canonica Verde. (CV was stuck in the Boston snowstorm).  In late January, we should have the new Olio Beato…and the year will continue with new arrivals.

My goal for January? To purchase a fresh truffle and craft a divine pasta dish — with Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, of course! I’m still thinking of the lobster ravioli with truffles at Baldovino in Florence, near Santa Croce…

At Olio2go we are significantly partial to Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, we’re thrilled to see new research from Spain on the beneficial components called lignans and secoiridoids that show promise in treatment for breast cancer!

You can read about this here.

Remember, the freshest extra virgin olive oil possess the highest levels of the healthy components!

Castello del Trebbio from Tuscany

Castello del Trebbio from Tuscany

We’re in the midst of the holiday rush, filling our own shopping baskets as we help our customers fill theirs! 

What have I selected for gifts? Castello del Trebbio, Principe di Gerace Bergamot, and Spice Blends from Canonica Verde (Todi Roasting Blend, Umbrian Spice Blend). My next purchase will include Tommaso Masciantonio’s Trappeto di Caprifico DOP— but I really need to find the right person who will appreciate “the stunning”  ZafferanoTasca Regaleali  is another great favorite olive oil to gift.

In this holiday season, budgets are more important that ever. We have great suggestions for authentic extra virgin olive oil gifts to fit your budget at every level:


Gemini Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Gemini Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Under $25
Il Frantoio Amelia, Umbria
Canonica Verde, Umbria

Under $30
Castello del Trebbio, Tuscany
Ravida, Sicily
Librandi, Calabria

Under $35
Panizzi, Tuscany
Zafferano, Abruzzo
Tasca, Regaleali, Sicily
Trappeto di Caprafico, Abruzzo
Olio del Carmine

Top of the Line Single Bottles, Under $50

Olio del Castelluccio, Sicily
Altesino, Tuscany
Villa Zottopera Biologica DOP, Sicily
Melano DOP, Lazio
Avignonesi, Tuscany
Marfuga L’affiorante, Umbria

Totally Tops!
Villa Magra Gran Cru, Tuscany
Gemini, Tuscany and Sicily
Olio de la Marchia, Ascolana, March

Dr. Perricone’s “Daily Perricone” did a great job extolling the benefits of olive oil in today’s posting. You can read it here. Don’t miss this “rich” list of health benefits. When you’re ready, you can go to Olio2go to purchase olive oil with high levels of polyphenols. Two tops are Frantoio Franci’s Villa Magra Gran Cru from Tuscany and Marfuga L’affiorante from Umbria.

There’s nothing like a great olive oil!