SlowFood2013

Slow Food 2013 has just been released and we have a copy that is fresh off the press (just like great olive oil)!

The guide carries notations on 1131 quality olive oils from 772 notable producers in Italy.

LE CHIOCCIOLE (The Snail): best representation of the values and qualities of Slow Food.

The following abundant selections are in stock at Olio2go.com!

Emilia Romagna

Tenuta Pennita

Lazio

Colli Etruschi

Sicily

Titone

Gli Olio Slow: representing quality cultivation, sustainable practices, and good value for oils from the named region.

Lazio

Olivastro, Quattrociocchi

Grand Oli: excellence in respective category for organoleptic quality, adherence to the territory customs, and native cultivars

Campania, Madonna dell’Oliva, Raro

Emilia Romagna, Alina from La Pennita

Puglia, Torre di Mossa from DeCarlo

Sicily, Titone DOP

Toscana, Ramerino Dulcis

Toscana, Fonte di Foiano Gran Cru

Toscana, Fonte di Foiano, Frantoio Monocultivar

Toscana, Frantoio Franci, Villa Magra Gran Cru

Noted Estates

Trentino Alto-Adige, Agraria Riva del Garda

Emilia-Romagna,  Tenuta Pennita

Toscano, Fattoria Ramerino, Primus e Dulcis

Toscano, Tenuta di Capezzana

Toscano, Fonte di Foiano

Toscano, Frantoio Franci

Toscano, La Poderina Toscana

Toscano, Frescobaldi

Toscano, Conte Ferdinando Guicciardini, Poppiano, Laudemio

Toscano, Fattoria di Monti, Razzo, Monti

Umbria, Marfuga

Lazio, Americo Quattrociocchi

Lazio, Colli Etruschi

Abruzzo, La Quagliera

Campania, Madonna dell’Olivo, Raro, Itrans

Puglia, De Carlo

Sicilia, Centonze

Sicilia, Frantoi Cutrera

Sicilia, Villa Zottopera

Sicilia, Planeta

Sicilia, Titone

Sardegna, Sebastiano Fadda

For the full list of Slow Food – recognized olive oils currently in stock at Olio2go, click here.

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Principe di Mascio, Rosso, and Trapetto di Caprafico DOP

Top Award Winners

Some folks choose the grocery store oil, assuming it to be extra virgin olive oil. Knowledgable consumers are skeptical, and true fans of olive oil seek award winners. With any of these selections your choices will be a long way from the grocery store shelves. These 2010 olive oils and their coveted awards represent the best olive oils in the world — and these are the top Italian selections.

We scour the olive oil awards as they are released each year (you can find links on our web site) both to identify the awards received by our current producers and to look for new oils to stock. Five major award presentations have been announced in 2011 awards (for 2010 harvest oils). The last major awards are bestowed in June, and those are the Los Angeles International Olive Oil Awards.

Slow Food – the leading authority on authentic, traditional olive oil, awards released May 2011

“Garland” –
Frantoio Franci estate, oils arriving in June

“Tre Olive” –
La Pennita, Alina, Brisighella
Ravida
Titone Biologica DOP
Frescobaldi Laudemio

“Gli Extravergini dell’Emozione” –
Trappeto di Caprafico Organic DOP
Raro, Madonna dell’Oliva
Colli Etruschi
Villa Magra Gran Cru (2009 currently available, 2010 arriving in June)
Villa Magra dei Franci (arriving in June)
Marfuga L’affiorante
Principe di Mascio DOP

International Olive Oil Awards – Zurich (award released April 2011)
Titone Biologica DOP, Golden Olive
Primo DOP Special Mention, Fruttato Intenso, also Gran Menzione in the DOP Category

Sirena d’Oro di Sorrento (awards released March 2011)
Trappeto di Caprifico, Bio, DOP – Second Place, Fruttato Medio
Titone Bio DOP, Fruttato Intenso, 1st place
Principe di Mascio DOP, 2nd place, Fruttato Medio

National Competition L’orciolo d’Oro 2011 (awards released March 2011)
Principe di Mascio DOP DOP Category, 3rd place
La Poderina Toscana Organic, DOP Category, Gran Menzione
Rosso from Villa Zottopera, Gran Menzione, Fruttato Intenso
Ravida, Gran Menzione, Fruttato Leggero
Raro Madonna dell’Oliva, 1st Place, Fruttato Intenso
Titone DOP Biologica, Special Mention, Fruttato Medio; also Organic, Gran Menzione

SOL/Vinitaly
Olio de la Marchia, Ascolana – Gran Mention, Fruttato Medio
Rosso from Villa Zottopera, Bronze, Fruttato Medio
Trappeto di Caprifico (Masciantonio), Bio, DOP – Special Mention, Fruttato Intenso
Frantoio Franci, Gran Menzione (arriving in June)
Titone DOP Biologica – Gran Menzione

Take a look at this photo! All of these fresh oils (and the balsamic vinegar wine jelly) arrived this week at Olio2go. These lovely, sublime treats cover a lot of territory. From Alina (a Brisighella monocultivar from Emilia Romagna) in the north to Rosso from Villa Zottopera in Sicily.

To see them all with one click, start here.

In the picture (Left to Right):
Principe di Mascio DOP Colli Assisi Spoleto, Umbria
Ursini Tandem DOP Colline Teatine, Abruzzo
Ascolana from Olio del Carmine, Marche
Azienda del Carmine Boxed Set (partially hidden)
Trappeto di Caprafico Organic DOP Colline Teatine, Abruzzo
Olio del Carmine, Marche
Rosso from Villa Zottopera, Sicily
Alina, La Pennita, Emilia Romagna
Rosselli del Turco DOP Chianti Classico, Tuscany

Front, top to bottom:
Livio Pesle Balsamic Vinegar Jelly, Fruili Venezia Giulia
Trappeto di Caprafico, in party favor bottles
Bochicchio Olio Extra Vergine, Basilicata
Venus Organic, Gargiulo Sorrentolio, Campania

Jeff’s report and photos from his recent trip to Emilia-Romagna:

Emilia-Romagna feels like two regions combined into one political unit for convenience because the geography, food, wine, and towns have a slightly different feel.  Emilia (from Piacenza to Bologna) is the classic pork and cheese region, so there is a lot of salami, prosciutto, stinco, culatello, etc. to be eaten.  The wines are the Lambrusco and Gutturnio fizzy wines that we usually think of as lesser selections, but in fact are really great if they are of good quality.  The geography is very flat. To the south lies the foothills of the Appenines, so the scenery is very pretty.  To the north is the Po River, and the landscape is very monotonous.

 Romagna is the southeast corner of the region, and includes more mountainous territory.  The food is similar, but this area is really the only olive oil producing part of the region, and so the foods tend to use more oil than in Emilia, where more butter is used.  Romagna also includes the coastal region, so there is a distinct difference in the climate for that reason, too.

In the Comacchio area, the coastal region is made up of a very large lagoon, through which the rivers meander toward the Adriatic.  Among the rivers are the Reno and parts of the Po.  This area is very flat and marshy, and Comacchio is locally famous for eels – the river banks have large nets ready to dip in for an eel harvest as the fish migrate to the Adriatic each September. Click on the photos above to see the EEL photo!

The olive producing area is centered around Brisighella and Terra del Sole, south of Faenza.  Brisighella is a very scenic hill town much like one would find in Tuscany.  Terra del Sole is a Medieval planned community, and a spa town abuts it to the south.  The Terra di Brisighella is the DOP for this area. 

We drove up to La Pennita late in the day.  That was when we got caught in the terrible hail storm. The Alina is 100% Nostrana di Brisighella olives.  Stay tuned as we will try to get this for Olio2go.

We discovered Squacquerone cheese in Brisighella, which was eaten with Gnocco Fritto – little fried puffed breads – molto delizioso!  I’m going to try to make some of that.  We also had the local artichokes – a small purple type that is cut down to the small heart and marinated and/or fried.  The local wines are Sangiovese di Romagna – very inexpensive and very good. 

As far as the cities, we enjoyed Bologna but lost interest after a couple of days.  If you do go, you should read John Grisham’s The Broker while there.  Bologna was a little gritty and filled with tourists and students.  Milan – we had a hard time finding things to do there.  (Other than the fashion sites?) Parma was a different story – we enjoyed the feel of the city and the things to do.  It was a lot less touristy and much more livable.  I would compare it to Verona in terms of a place I could live.

Parma is also where CIBUS is held – the Italian version of Fancy Food Show. 

We rented a car twice with Maggiore (part of National) and the prices were pretty inexpensive relative to Avis – it was about E70 per day for a decent sized car.  We took the train from Milan to Bologna and from Bologna to Parma, and it was an inexpensive, fast, and very easy way to go.  The  current value of the dollar made everything on the trip seem a lot less expensive.  Our meals all seemed much cheaper than in the recent past.   (Ed. Note:  Check back for next month’s Rome report).