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post #31 of 38
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Thanks for posting this information. Earlier today I received a PM recommending this oil, and had planned to look for it later this week. As it turns out, there seems to be a distributor near me, so the oil may be just a phone call away :lips:
post #32 of 38
I'm usually not big on celebrity endorsements...

....from uber-rich designer magazines.....

...unless they come from Eric Ripert. :D I'm going to give it a try as well.
post #33 of 38
Thanks for posting that. I was really scratching my head as to why nobody seemed to know of it.

He may not like to cook with it but alas, greeks even deep fry in evoo.

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."


"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

post #34 of 38
Well...I went to a local Italian grocery store today and thought it would be a great time to look over this thread for a few recommended brands. They have a good amount of oils...but they didn't have any of the brands mentioned (except Goya). I was looking for something with a harvest date...and found a couple that provided them, of which I bought two.

I ended up with an oil from Spain and another from Greece. So far I've opened the one from Spain...which is a decent mild olive oil.

This morning I also called Terra Savia. They offer an Olio Nuovo (new oil) upon request and in small quantities. Depending on when the harvest comes...I've got two bottles ordered that should go out shortly after harvest.

thanks for the discussion and recommendations. I've been looking for some Olio Nuovo for a long time. But every place I found required a large order. This thread inspired me to look again...I can't wait!

post #35 of 38
I ended up ordering two bottles of olive oil (2008 harvest) from Terra Savia, in California and one bottle of Olio Nuovo (2008 harvest) from Italy. I haven't received the oil from Italy yet :( It's been shipped and should be delivered this week :)

I've bought alot of olive oil and I always try different brands. But nothing that I've bought or tasted at a restaurant had the intense and vibrant flavor that this fresh harvested oil has.

I can't wait to try the Olio Nuovo from Italy. One thing for sure, it's going to be tough to buy Olive oil off a shelf again. I may have just been ruined, again:(

post #36 of 38
Hmmm, So after reading all these posts, and I guess I never "Tasted" much difference...or maybe I havent been exposed to a bunch of different olive oils, I went to get my hair cut. Well, the real reason I went to get my hair cut was bc there is a Trader Joe's right next to it.

I went looking for President's Olive Oil or whatever it was called that a couple ppl mentioned. The only thing they had with any "royalty type" name was the Queen's! HAHA, now I dont know if someone got their names mixed up. But thats what I saw.

So I bought some Lobster Ravioli, risotto, and a package of "Rire Roasted vegetables with a balsamic butter".

Better luck next time...
post #37 of 38

It was called EVO, the bottle was shaped like an upside down coffin and it was fairly small, and it was Dark Green. Ironically the place I would buy it from was a local cheese shop, but they sold out of it constantly after a few months, and eventually they stopped selling it. They couldn't keep up with the demand for it.

But from what I know about olive oil now, I think it was the kind of Olive Oil you use to dress pasta and salads. But I would initially use to fry and cook with. The flavor and lusciousness(sp) it would add to a dish was insane. I mean the stuff was liquid gold.

Anyways, It's been 3 or 4 years since I've seen it. It was easily one of the most incredible things I've ever tasted.
post #38 of 38
I really enjoyed the olio nuovo that I ordered from California and from Italy. If I didn't find a new place to get fresh olive oil from I wouldn't have hesitated to order from either of these places for the 2009 harvest.

Since getting some fresh harvested olive oil for the first time last year I believe I'll be doomed to buy some each harvest time in the future. It's just that good! Along with olio nuovo being shipped in a timely manner to get to the consumer as soon as possible, olio nuovo is also bottled before all the sediment is settled to the bottom.

Olio nuovo has got some big bold flavors but, as you can imagine, not all of this oil taste alike. It's going to vary just like other (settled) olive oils. Simply because you've found one oil from Italy that you like doesn't mean that you'll particularly like all oils from Italy. Much like oils from any other country. Olive oil will not only vary from country to country but region to region within that country. Much like wine, oils will vary from harvest to harvest as well. Just because you've found a favorite in one country you would be doing yourself a disservice by not trying oils from other countries.

Another thing to keep in mind when trying your different olive oils is paying attention to the olive. Arbequina and Picual olive oils are as different as red and white wines. Instead of buying from the other two sources I found my first decent olive oil store. It's in Chicago and called The City Olive. They not only have quality products but a knowledgeable staff. Especially the owner, Karen. they'll not only give you advice on various oils but also let you sample many many of the oils from varying regions. They also have the big names in Balsamic as well...very impressive! Although no samples :( What a disappointment ;)

Currently I'm waiting on Castillo de Canena First Day of Harvest 2009 (this harvest) before I get my Olio Nuovo for this year. I plan on getting a couple from Spain, a couple from Italy and some from France. I'll see if they have any fresh harvest from Greece or any other places as well. I can't wait...the Castillo de Canena should be coming in any day now.

So, did anyone else get some Olio Nuovo this year?

enjoy your drizzles :)
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