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Spotlight on Bondolio October 26 2015

The Bond Family has crafted a wonderful Extra Virgin Olive Oil from their love of the oils found on trips to Sicily. Nocellara, Biancollila and Cerasuola are varieties not typically found in California but, it is a gorgeous blend that produces an elegant, balanced Olive Oil.

I had the pleasure of touring their beautiful farm in Winters California while attending the Master Milling Course at the University of California. Their love of Italy and its glorious food traditions are everywhere!

 

 

 

The trees at Bondolio are grown in the spacing patterns of the old, traditional Southern Italian layout. Trees have more than 20 feet of separation between them. They are precision pruned, with a focus on the center to open each tree to full sun and air circulation. Maximum sun and fresh air circulation allows the trees to flourish, as well as helps to reduce pests that can damage the fruit.

This oil has a beautiful balanced, medium intensity taste.

Aromas of green fruit, green grass, exotic fruits, citrus, apple, banana and notes of herbs, flower, tomato. Taste exhibits abundant fruitiness, green leaves, sweetness, bitterness, medium pungency and notes of almond, walnut, artichoke, radish, black pepper, grass, with exceptional harmony, a high complexity and a high persistence.”

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Winner of many awards!

The mill contributes to the highest quality of olive oil produced. The owners come from the Medical Industry and know that if your mill is clean, your olive oil has a better chance of not getting bacteria. The equipment and cleanliness of the mill area proves the highest standard of excellence that you would expect. Pieralisi has produced custom equipment to their exact specifications in order to meet their high standards. The mill has the newest technology that is available in the olive mill industry. Bondolio has the first and currently, only multi-phase decanter in the United States, which allows them to have zero waste products. There is no other mill in the United States that is as environment friendly as theirs currently is.

A true dedication to crafting a glorious oil!

 

 


Spotlight on...Mandranova Extra Virgin Olive Oils December 12 2014

Mandranova Olive Oils are produced at the *Azienda Agricola Mandranova by Giuseppe and Sylvia Di Vincenzo. Each of their four award winning oils are monocultivar or produced using a single variety of olive. They are harvested early to capture the highest levels of polyphenols and milled within hours in their immaculate facilities on the Estate.

The Mandranova  farm and Resort is 420 acres of hillside, located on the Western coast of Sicily, 22 km southeast of Agrigento and 2 km beyond Palma di Montechiaro. 

 

 

 

The olives grow just a few miles from the sea, under the sun of Sicily with groves that contain a  combination of ancient and young olive trees. The cultivars grown here are Nocellara del Belice, Biancolilla , Girraffa and Cerasuola olives.

 

 

 

 

Silvia and Giuseppe Di Vincenzo have created a working farm and an inviting resort. In this bit of paradise tucked away in the hills you can experience a slice of Sicily.  Set among a garden of palm trees there is a 19th century rustic farmhouse and restored railway station which create a beautiful blend of tradition and modern. Guests can enjoy peace and relaxing solitude in their 8 bedrooms and 4 suites or take a cooking class where you will learn to use the beautiful oils and preserves the farm produces. Each evening you can dine on Silvia’s delicious creations, breaking bread in a social environment, mingling with the other guests at the large wooden tables.  The groves are Giuseppe’s playground where he will proudly show you the olives following a line of palm trees along the old railway track.

 

The Mandranova Extra Virgin Olive Oils:

 

Mandranova has won many awards from numerous olive oil competitions worldwide.

 

I have to say I really love the Mandranova oils and I have literally used cases and cases over the last few years in my own kitchen!

 

Mandranova Girraffa

  • Made from 100% Girraffa olives
  • Pale green in colour
  • Mild intensity
  • Fruity with a slight spicy end note
  • Great on raw fish, white meat like poultry, goat cheese or in desserts. 

 

Mandranova Cerasuola

  • Made from 100% Cerasuola olives
  • Golden yellow with green colour
  • Medium intensity
  • Fruity with the scents of olive, almond and marjoram and artichokes. The taste is balanced with some pleasant bitterness and a slight peppery aftertaste.
  • Great on farro or grain salads, pasta dishes with vegetables, bean or legume salads, soups, red meat and aged cheeses.

 

    Mandranova Biancolilla

    • Made from 100% Biancolilla olives
    • Pale green in colour
    • Medium intensity
    • Medium fruity with the smell of fresh cut grass
    • Great on raw seafood, steamed fish, delicate soups or sauces, fresh cheeses or in desserts.

     

      Mandranova Nocellara

      • Made from 100% Nocellara del Belice olives
      • Beautiful bright green colour with golden hues
      • Medium-Robust intensity
      • A glorious fruity oil with the perfect balance of bitterness and pungency, which are indications of high levels of anti-oxidant polyphenols.
      • The taste is complex with hints of medium ripe tomatoes, artichokes and basil.
      • Great on typical Mediterranean dishes like grilled eggplant or peppers, raw tuna, vegetables au gratin, pasta dishes with tomatoes, hearty soups, mushrooms, fish stew, grilled/roasted meats and of course toasted bread rubbed with garlic!

      Here are some links to recipes we have enjoyed with Mandranova Oils on our cooking blog http://iwanttocookthat.wordpress.com/

       

      *Azienda Agricola designates a business as Agricultural Farm Business in Italian.

       


      Spotlight on...Titone Extra Virgin Olive Oil November 23 2014

      Titone (TEE- Ton-ay) is a beautiful Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced by the Azienda Agricola Titone (which means Agricultural Farm Business in Italian) The oil is a D.O.P (Denominazione Origine Protetta) which means it is a Designation of Origin similar to a D.O.C in wines and certifies the oil in this bottle come from the Valli Trapanesi region of Sicily. This oil is also certified Biologico or "organic" in English.
      The Titone Farm is located 15 metres above sea level between Trapani and Marsala on the Western side of Sicily. They have 19 hectares of land where they grow 5000 Nocellara del Belice, Biancolilla and Cerasuola olives, which are typical varietals from this area.
      Founded by Nicolo Titone in 1936 one of four pharmacists in the family. The farm is currently run by the Father-Daughter team of Nicolo and Antonella Titone, who is also chemist.
       
      The oil is produced from a scientific approach and the farm is pristine and well run. The olives are handpicked with care to protect fruit as well as the tree for future harvests. The fruit is crushed within a few hours after picking and milled in their on site, high-tech, continuous mill. The family is extremely passionate about producing the best oil they can in the safest, cleanest way possible. One of the leaders in the area to focus on organic farming.
      It is a winner of many awards like these most recently:
      2014: Titone has been granted the EXTRAGOLD award at Biol2014.
      Flos Olei 2014. Ercole Olivario, 2nd Place Medium Fruity.
      NYIOOC: Silver, Medium.
      I love to use this oil in my kitchen!
      The oil is a Medium intense oil. The colour is deep golden yellow colour with green hi-lights. 
    • The aroma is of fresh green olives, fresh grass and aromatic herbs.
    • The flavour is of artichokes, thistle, unripe tomato and herbs like mint and sage. This is a complex, elegant oil that is perfectly harmonious and balanced with pleasant levels of bitterness and peppery pungency to finsh. The bitterness and pungency levels are an indication of high levels of polyphenols a natural anti-oxidant in good olive oils.  
    • This oil compliments most grilled vegetables, a drizzle to finish vegetable or cream soups, great on grilled meats or hearty fish like tuna,  porcini mushrooms, spinach salads, bean soups, pasta with sausages and barbequed lamb.
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      Here are some of our recipes from www.iwanttocookthat.com using Titone Extra Virgin Olive Oil

      Don't forget one of the best ways to enjoy this oil is to toast some crusty bread, rub a clove of garlic across the bread, drizzle some Titone and finish with a tiny sprinkle of sea salt!! HEAVEN.

      Buy your bottle of Titone today we have ready for you!