When we got a call from Frank at Windham Wines telling us that he was holding a bottle of new season olive oil aside for us, we centered our Saturday meal plans around the news & headed in to town. Frank & Marty, store owners & wine enthusiasts who recently returned from a trip to Italy, had been regaling us with tales of their stay at a wonderful family-owned winery, vineyard & olive fattoria, Selvapiana, who supplies them with fantastic red wines. Owned by the Giuntini family since 1827, their Chianti Rufina has been a recent favorite of ours, so we were very eager to taste their olive oil, which Marty had tried fresh on-site & absolutely raved about. Well, we can see why.
Armed with a fresh-baked loaf of Orchard Hill Breadworks bread from the Winter Farmer's Market, we prepared our little feast. It has been a while since I've had such a fruity, fresh olive oil, difficult to find in grocery or specialty stores without spending an arm & a leg; & while there are some Napa & Sonoma varieties I have enjoyed, Mediterranean olives have a depth of delicious buttery, bitter grassiness I have not experienced with American West Coast varieties.
When we travel to Italy, the Mister & I plan on adding a stop at Fattoria Selvapiana as we wend our way through vineyards & orchards, eating & drinking our way through the countryside.
I think I could live on bread, olive oil & wine alone. Oh, & chocolate. & butter.