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December 18, 2017 | Fog Crest Vineyard

Celebrating the 2017 New Olive Oil from Italy


Every year after harvest is complete and the wines are safely tucked away in the winery, James begins to plan our annual celebration of the new olive oil from Italy - the freshly bottled, cold-pressed, extra virgin oil that still has the freshness and intensity of just picked olives. New oils skip the holding period of traditional oils and go straight into bottle for immediate release and consumption. 


Photo credit: manicaretti.com

Tenuta de Capezzana Olive OilThis year’s culinary celebration will showcase the new oil from the Contini Bonacossi family estate, Tenuta di Capezzana in Tuscany about 25 minutes northwest of Florence, in the wine growing region of Carmignano. This certified organic oil, made from olives grown on the hills above the vineyards, was pressed within 24 hours of harvesting in mid-October 2017. The blend of olives, primarily Moraiolo and Frantoio, results in an elegant, complex oil with classic Tuscan pungency.

The oil can be used in dressing for grilled fennel and zucchini, or drizzled over greens, pasta, potatoes, soup or salad, elevating simply prepared foods to levels of greatness. A cake made with semolina, oranges and pistachios becomes a show stopping finish when made with the creamy textured olive oil.

For this year's celebration at the winery, Jim’s choice of dishes to showcase the oil include, artisan bread, hand carved prosciutto, Mesclun salad, caponata, red onion soup, truffled mousse paté, and fondue. These dishes, paired with our wines, will surely provide an evening of gustatory delights and the perfect way to celebrate the new year.

Prosciutto at olive oil celebration-Fog Crest Vineyard

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