Go for the gold: Try this year’s gold medal
|Lovers of Tuscan olive oil: Cafaggio Extra Virgin Olive Oil was just awarded the Gold Medal at the 2009 Los Angeles County Fair. We haven’t tasted it, but Cafaggio has been described by its importer, Gustiamo (which sources the most delicious specialty items from Italy) as full-on-the-tongue, pleasantly pungent, clean and smooth. It’s pleasantly spicy with a touch of artichoke flavor and grassiness. They suggest that it is excellent on salads and grilled meats.
Tenuta Cafaggio is located in Impruneta, the Tuscan hill town between the valleys of the Greve and Ema Rivers that is famous for its terracotta. The local clay is imbued with valuable minerals necessary to create the highest-quality terracotta products. During the Renaissance, the rich and powerful Medici family used Impruneta terracotta to decorate their palace gardens.
The earth evidently creates some magic in olives as well. Hand-picked Frantoio, Moraiolo and Leccino olives are blended by Tenuta Cafaggio to create an extra virgin olive oil of low acidity. A .500 liter/16.9 ounce bottle of the Cafaggio Extra Virgin Olive Oil New Harvest 2008/2009 is $42.00, and would make a nice gift for an olive oil connoisseur.
|You can get a 20% discount until August 15th, or until supplies last, at Gustiamo.com. Type the words “Los Angeles” in the Special Instructions box of the shopping cart to get the discount. Gustiamo advises, “We have a stupid shopping cart and the discount is not reflected in your automatic order confirmation. Do not worry: it will be reflected on your bill and credit card charge!”|
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