Monthly Archives: April 2013

  • Italy Triumphs at New York International Olive Oil Competition

    Italian extra virgin is a catch-all at the international competition in New York, winning 87 awards out of the 232 given to the Northern Hemisphere and the 261 overall.

    he much-publicized first edition of the New York International Olive Oil Competition was a big success in itself and probably set a new standard for international olive oil competitions and awards, and it was certainly a great achievement for Italian extra virgin.

    Italy was the most award-winning country at the competition, gaining the record number of 87 medals, while Spain followed with 45 and the United States gathered 33 awards.

    Among the 87 awarded Italian products, 8 won the “Best of Class” medal for the different categories of the Northern Hemisphere, and a very satisfying 53 won a Gold Awards, while 26 won a Silver. Winning oils came from different areas of Italy, with many representatives from the famous regions of Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio and Sicily.

    Frantoio Franci, with the excellent score of 9.60, won the Best of Class Award for the Robust Blend category. A blend of Frantoio “Correggiolo” (50 percent, a local subvariety), Moraiolo (35 percent) and Leccino (15 percent) varieties, it has an elegant and intense aroma with artichoke and roasted coffee notes.

    It has been a golden year for Villa Magra, which also won many other national and international competitions such as the SOL d’Oro, the Joop – Japan Olive Oil Prize and a silver medal at the Ercole Olivario competition in Italy.

    The family-owned company from Tuscany also won a second award in New York with the IGP Toscano olive oil – a less complex yet very good product with fresh grass and fruity notes and a light tomato scent – that was awarded as Best of Class for the Medium Blend category, and a third – a Gold Medal – for its Olivastra Seggianese in the Delicate Monovarietal category.

    Giorgio Franci, who leads the company together with his father Ferdinando, is very happy for the result and he is firmly convinced that the New York Competition will become an essential reference for all the buyers and consumers who really care about high quality extra virgin olive oil.

    Olio Reserva by Domenica Fiore Company won the Best of Class award for the Organic Medium Blend category. It is a golden green oil, robust and full-bodied, and it comes in the special 18/10 stainless steel bottles inspired by the ideas of Marco Mugelli, the founder of National Association of Olive Oil Tasters (ANAPOO), to preserve olive oil’s nutritional and flavor characteristics.

    The Tenuta Torre Di Mossa by De Carlo company from Apulia won the Best of Class award for the Robust Monovarietal category, being an intensely pungent and bitter yet balanced olive oil obtained from the local variety Coratina.

    Best of Class award in the Organic Robust Monovarietal category went to the Torre Bianca Frantoio by the Torre Bianca Farm, from Tuscany again, with its very sharp smell of fresh greens. La Montagnola’s Minerva (a beautiful farmhouse in Umbria, which also offer nice rustic accommodations, yoga classes and olive oil tasting seminars) won the Best of Class award for the Delicate Monovarietal Category.

    For the Delicate Category, the organic extra virgin by Tenuta San Jacopo (a beautiful farmhouse in Tuscany, again, also producing wines and spirits) was awarded as Best of Class Organic Blend while the Best of Class Award for traditional Blend went to the Olevano Delicate extra virgin by Consorzio Olivicolo del Tusciano, which also won the Gold Metal for the Robust Blend Category with its Olevano Intense oil.

    This company was actually born by the twinning and relationship between Wilmington, DE USA, and the small village of Olevano Sul Tusciano, in Southern Italy. Over the centuries, many Olevanese emigrated to the US but their descendants continued to communicate and strengthen the trans-Atlantic relationship with their Italian cousins, until in 2003 the two cities were officially declared as Sister Cities of the International Organization. Extra virgin olive oil is only one of the Italian products coming from their homeland that they decided to import to the US.

    The panel leader Gino Celletti was very proud of the Italian results, but especially of the jurors’ job: “It was one of the broadest and most qualified panel that has ever been made, and they all did extremely well,” he said.

    The other winning olive oils from Italy are below. The full list of winners can be found at the Best Olive Oils website.

    Information source oliveoiltimes

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  • Three symbols from olive oil history

    Mycenae, Peloponnese. An area with a history of 5.000 years in olive oil!

    The cities of Mycenae and Argos, place of origin of the most important royal family of Ancient Greece, the Atreid dynasty, were famous during ancient times not only for the wealth of the area in gold but also for their civilization. A civilization which in antiquity meant engagement not only with the arts and literature but also with the land. The land they were learning how to exploit, to plough, to grow, to live with it and live through it.

    The clay tablets of Linear B syllabic script that were discovered in Mycenae and Pylos, provide evidence of an economy based on the trade of olive derived goods such as olive oil and olives among the most important. What is extremely interesting is that these ancient civilizations utilized three different symbols to depict the words olive, olive tree and olive oil underlining the importance of these words in their language.

    Today, the Peloponnesians continue their passionate affair with olive oil which started 5000 years ago.
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    Mycenae, Peloponnese. An area with a history of 5.000 years in olive oil! The cities of Mycenae and Argos, place of origin of the most important royal family of Ancient Greece, the Atreid dynasty, were famous during ancient times not only for the wealth of the area in gold but... 
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  • Spain Brings Home 51 Medals from New York

    Spanish extra virgin olive oils received a total of 51 awards including two Best of Class at the New York International Olive Oil Competition.
    Over 700 entries from 22 countries were subjected to a blind taste test to select the world’s best olive oils for 2013 at last week’s competition, which was held at the International Culinary Center in New York. Spain finished second only to Italy, the country with the most entries in the competition.

    Spain, with its haul of two Best of Class and 25 Gold earned a total of 51 awards for the event. Spanish EVOO companies Masia el Altet, located in the Alcoy Mountains of Alicante, and Andalusian producer Finca La Torre both took home Best of Class awards for their respective categories, North Medium Intensity Blend and North Medium Intensity Monovarietal. Both oils received scores of 9.50 of a possible 10.0.

    Another big winner for the year was Aceites Melgarejo, who received two Gold awards, with a score of 8.60 in the Robust Monovarietal category with its Arbequina, and 8.20 for their Picual. The company was founded in 1995, but strives to continue a rich history of olive farming that has been carried out by the family for generations. Located in Jaén, one of the regions most known for olive oil production in the world, olive oils from Melgarejo have received no less than 22 prizes this year alone.

    Other top Spanish scorers included Venta del Barón from Córdoba and Aciete Novecientos from the province of Jaén, which both scored an impressive 9.50 in their categories. Popular Spanish export, Chef José Andrés, also received a Gold award for the olive oil to which he lends his name, José Andrés by Casas de Hualdo Secret Blend, which scored a 9.0 in the Robust Blend category.

    The full list of winners can be found at the Best Olive Oils website.

    By Naomi Tupper
    Olive Oil Times Contributor | Reporting from Santander

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  • Terraolivo EVOO competition - June 01 - 09, 2013

    20130425-180638.jpgFrom june 01 until june 09, 2013, will be held in the ancient City of Jerusalem, near the Mount of Olives the “TerraOlivo 2013” Mediterranean International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition.

    This contest is the third to be held in the oldest area of origin, olive oil.

    The most important Israeli and international judges will be part of the tasting panels. TerraOlivo will be held at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Jerusalem.

    The start of registration of Olive Oil Extra Virgin Samples, begins on January 1 and ends on April 30 in the competition office. We are waiting for their samples of extra virgin olive.

    Chemical Eng. Raul C. Castellani
    Technical Director

    Moises A. Spak
    International Affair Director

    For more information visit official website

     

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  • International Olive Oil Competition "ARMONIA"

    ARMONIA is the first and only International Olive Oil Competition that brings together olive oil producers, chefs, restaurateurs and cooking enthusiast through Armonia in the Kitchen.

    International Extravirgin Oliveoil Agency, unitamente a CRA – OLI Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura e ad IRVEA – Istituto per la Ricerca e la Valorizzazione delle Eccellenze Agroalimentari, con la partecipazione di ALMA – La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana e con il patrocinio e la collaborazione di: Accademia Italiana della Cucina, Accademia Maestri Pasticceri Italiani, Accademia Nazionale dell’Olivo e dell’Olio, Instituto della Grasa di Sivilla(ES), Mercacei (www.mercacei.com), Officina Tres-(BRA), Olivarama (www.olivarama.com) organizza ormai da sei edizioni il Concorso Oleario Internazionale “ARMONIA” per l’assegnazione del Trofeo ALMA

    To visit official website Click Here

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  • Prizes for Greek Olive Oils in Top Competition

    Gold Award Winner, Olea Groves

    live oil producers and marketers from Greece were among the more than 700 contestants from all over the world that participated in the New York International Olive Oil Competition last week. Greek brands won two gold awards and thirteen silver in the 24 award categories They did not manage to receive a “Best of Class” distinction given to the top scoring oil in each category. The most awards in the competition were garnered by Italy, Spain and the USA with a total of 83, 51 and 36 prizes respectively.

    For Greece, the two gold awards were earned by Olea Juice and AiQ 0,5, two products that are made from olives of the Koroneiki and Manaki varieties. They are considered gourmet olive oils sold in delis and specialized stores. AiQ Executive Director Aris Xenofos told Agrotypos agricultural news portal, “Olive oils that excel in competitions like this become widely known and are highly appreciated by consumers and chefs worldwide.”

    Prizes for Greek Olive Oils in Top Competition | Olive Oil Times
    Silver Award Winner, Kyklopas
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    Producers from several different olive oil producing territories of the country won the silver prizes, including Anoskeli Agricultural Company S.A. from Crete, Mani Bläuel from Messinia, and Kyklopas S.A. from Thrace, while silver prizes were also presented to companies of Greeks abroad like Jordan Olivenöl and Kaldes Bros Trading.

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  • 2013 8th China International Olive Oil Competition

    Oil China Competition-Quality & Business for you
    2013 8th China International Olive Oil Competition
    April 2013

    The Result of 7th Oil China Competition 2012

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    We sincerely invite you to participate in 2013 8th China International Olive Oil Competition (for short, Oil China Competition 2013). Oil China Competition 2013 will achieve the following purposes:

    • To display the best extra virginal olive oil in China & Asia;
    • To divulge the best olive oil to consumers, importers, wholesalers, agents
    • To present to the public and media;
    • To promote transparency on China’s olive oil market;
    • To be helpful for the winners to find the agents in China

    Process & Result of this competition
    On the occasion of this competition, the first publication of the evaluation results will be announced and prizes awarded on the opening day of 9th Oil China 2013 as well as the official award of the “Golden Olives”, the “Sliver Olives”, the “Copper Olive” the “Big Mention”. The second results of the consumer ranking and the winners of Oil China Competition 2013 will be published in “China Oil & Fat” and “www.oliveoillife.com”, in the daily papers as well as in the internet (www.eoliveoil.com).

    The awarded olive oil will be displayed in the “Olive Oil Show Area” in the exhibition hall of 9th Oil China 2013, so this will be can-not-miss opportunity for olive oil producers and agents.

    The Committee of China International Olive Oil Competition

    January 2013

    For more information click here

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  • New York International Olive Oil Competition

    New York International Olive Oil Competition – The first annual New York International Olive Oil Competition will bring the world’s finest extra virgin olive oils to the World’s Greatest City.

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    The world’s most important international olive oil competition has announced this year’s

    No other food is like olive oil. For thousands of years it has been exalted in religious rites and ceremonies, as a cosmetic and a remedy for a variety of ailments.

    It is, of course, the cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet – considered among the healthiest in the world. Olive cultivation and oil milling is a way of life for entire populations and generations before them.

    Olive oil is a culinary wonder. It can, like no other ingredient, draw and amplify flavors from foods. Extra virgin olive oils have complexity defined by countless factors including their cultivar, terroir and the the dedication of the producer.

    A great olive oil will leave you speechless. It will elevate anything it is poured over to something unforgettable.

    Producing excellent olive oil requires skill and hard work. Making the very best takes even more than that.

    The New York International Olive Oil Competition is the definitive olive oil contest in the world. Here, the most distinguished panel of international olive oil judges ever assembled scrutinize entries from every region to find this year’s very best olive oils on Earth.
    best extra virgin olive oils.

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  • Marco Oreggia

    Marco Oreggia – Marco Oreggia, journalist and olive oil taster, coordinator of Flos Olei, International Competition addressed to the world best olive growing farms.

    MarcoOreggiaMarco Oreggia, giornalista e critico enogastronomico, è consulente di importanti testate del settore.

    Perito agrario, ha maturato la sua esperienza tecnica nel mondo del vino e dell’olio extravergine di oliva, prima attraverso anni di ristorazione di qualità, come proprietario del ristorante Girone VI a Roma, in seguito grazie al conseguimento di una serie di qualifiche professionali attraverso le quali ha potuto approfondire tutte le tematiche del mondo dell’assaggio. Operatore Specializzato in Enologia, è Assaggiatore A.I.S. (Associazione Italiana Sommelier), Assaggiatore O.N.A.V (Organizzazione Nazionale Assaggiatori Vino), Assaggiatore A.N.A.G. (Associazione Nazionale Assaggiatori Grappa) ed è iscritto all’Elenco Nazionale dei Tecnici ed Esperti di Vino delle province di Frosinone e Roma. Assaggiatore di Olio Vergine ed Extravergine di Oliva presso la C.C.I.A.A. di Roma, è iscritto all’Elenco Nazionale dei Tecnici ed Esperti di Oli Vergine ed Extravergine di Oliva. Ha organizzato convegni, laboratori, banchi di assaggio, concorsi e manifestazioni sul mondo enogastronomico in Italia e all’estero.

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