New Harvest 2014/15 Extra Virgin Olive Oil

From north to south, 2014/15 New Harvest EVOOs are here. From near Genova, Benza is our most beautifully delicate olive oil of 2015, with aromas of pine nuts and very slight spiciness on the finish. From outside of Rome, Cru di Crues is our most green tasting EVOO, with aromas of herbs and a medium…

The Black Year of Italian Olive Oil

To say that the olive harvest in Italy this year was a “bad harvest” would be a great understatement. La Repubblica, one of the most influential Italian newspapers, has reported that overall, Italy is producing 37% less olives this year, with 45% less in the regions of Umbria and Tuscany. The fault is of the wacky…

Gustiamo in Food & Wine: How to Buy and Use Good Olive Oil

We get lots of our extra virgin olive oil advice from Nancy Harmon Jenkins, and we are darn pleased to see that Food & Wine does as well. In Tina Ujlaki’s article in Food & Wine, “9 Pro Tips on How to Buy and Use Good Olive Oil,” she spells out the EVOO DOs and DON’Ts…

Extrascape, the Big Winner

Extrascape is only 3 years old, but it will grow big and strong. You’ll see. It’s an olive oil (extra virgin, of course) competition. You might say: another one? There are hundreds of olive oil contests around the world. Yes. The ONE. Extrascape is unique, because the quality of the olive oil is evaluated together…

Good Extra Virgin Olive Oils – Know Where to Look – Nancy Harmon Jenkins

Extra Virgin Olive Oil expert, Nancy Harmon Jenkins, on Zester Daily, acknowledges frauds are rampant, and writes: “It’s true, there’s a lot of bad oil masquerading as extra virgin. But there’s also a lot of tremendously good oil, much of it from Italy. Our job as consumers is to educate ourselves about what constitutes good…

Marina Colonna, the Queen of EVOO

This happy group of now close friends share the same minds and hopes. From left: standing: Pietro Hausmann (former Gustiamo, now Coldiretti – Campagna Amica – ie, when you meet Gustiamo you stay friends and connected forever); Beatrice and Danielle (Gustiamo); Tom Mueller (no need of presentation and so great to have finally met him…

Top 5 EVOO Myths

At Gustiamo we love talking about extra virgin olive oil. These are the top 5 most common misconceptions that we hear and want you to watch out for. 1. The greener the better. In a professional EVOO tasting, tasters use opaque glasses. The fact is that some excellent olive varieties can naturally produce a more…

Danielle’s Gustiamo People series: Alice.

The first thing Beatrice told me about Alice (a-lee-chay) was that she received her PhD in olive oil. After which, Beatrice explained that this is the new pre-requisite to work at Gustiamo; of course, she was joking… I think. For her doctoral dissertation, which was specifically about olive ripening and its effect on oil, Alice…