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

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Los Angeles Olive Oil Competition

Los Angeles Olive Oil Competition

Early word from the 2010 Los Angeles International Olive Oil Awards is that Olio de la Marchia Ascolana has been awarded Best in Class

At Olio2go, we have 10 selections from the notable list of winners — all ready to ship from our warehouse.  The Awards Page can be found here. The best way to see Olio2go’s Los Angeles Awards Selections is to click here.Liguria

Vittorio Cassini Classico, BRONZE MEDAL, Delicate

Marche

Olio de la Marchia, Ascolana, BEST OF CLASS, GOLD MEDAL, Medium

Olio del Carmine, Az. Del Carmine, BRONZE MEDAL, Delicate

Tuscany

Fonterutoli DOP Chianti Classico, Mazzei, SILVER MEDAL, Medium Fruity

Villa Magra Gran Cru, Frantoio Franci, GOLD MEDAL, Robust

Toscano IGP, Frantoio Franci, SILVER MEDAL, Medium

Sicily

Titone Biologica, DOP Valli Trapanesi, SILVER MEDAL, Delicate ** (Not sure what happened here. We would never call this delicate!)

Villa Zottopera, Monti Iblei, GOLD MEDAL Medium

Zisola DOP Monti Iblei, Mazzei, BRONZE MEDAL, Medium

SOL Olive Oil Awards

SOL at Vinitaly

We have or soon will have six of the Award winners from SOL in Verona, Italy. SOL concludes its run today, 12 April.  SOL runs concurrently with Vinitaly, and the extra virgin olive oils are notable oils, often from the same producers as the best wines.

In the Gran Menzion Category for delicately fruity, Colli Etruschi and Vicopisanolio are labels carried by Olio2go. While Vicopisanolio may be milder than most Tuscans, Colli Etruschi wouldn’t be delicately fruity to our palates.

Medio Fruttato include Tommaso Masciantonio’s great oil from Abruzzo, on a ship bound for us at present. Titone from Trapani is in stock and always excellent.

In the Intensely Fruity category, Frantoio Franci’s Villa Magra Gran Cru is always the notable entry from the Franci line. Villa Zottopera makes the list and is inbound to the U.S. as well. Perhaps we will soon also have Frantoio Cutrera’s Primo.

Titone Biologica DOP Valli Trapanesi

Titone Biologica DOP Valli Trapanesi

The Los Angeles Olive Oil Awards were just announced and Olio2go is thrilled that we have three available at our web store.

Titone Biologica (Organic) DOP Valli Trapanesi 2008

Los Angeles, Silver Medal, 2009

Frantoio Franci, Villa Magra Gran Cru, 2008

Los Angeles, Silver Medal, 2009

Olio de la Marchia, Ascolana, 2008

Los Angeles, Silver Medal, 2009

Azienda del Carmine Gift Set, a four-bottle set in a charming wooden box, including the Silver award-winning Ascolana and Leccino monocultivars, along with the Frantoio monocultivar and the Olio del Carmine blend.

It’s happened again. A customer has been to Italy, and has returned with tales that the best Italian olive oil never leaves Tuscany…or never leaves Italy. Then he calls Olio2go.

Here’s our side of the story. When the harvest takes place in November, and we receive a shipment in January, and by May must place our final order for the “harvest year” — and we can only get 10 cases — that’s authentic Italian olive oil. That’s oil from a producer who is not buying his neighbor’s olives, nor is he bringing in a shipload of olive oil from Spain. That’s authentic Italian extra virgin olive oil.

While the olives for the 2008 olive oils are still on the trees, some of the finest productions for 2007 have very very few bottles remaining. We’ve already sold out of Altesino from Tuscany. We have a very limited supply of several olive oils. What might be next to sell out? Allegrini Corte Giara? Frantoio Franci’s Villa Magra Gran Cru? L’Olionovo from Castellare in Chiant?