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    The International Olive Council held a meeting in Reggio Calabria on 21 October 2010 to discuss Geographic Indications (GIs) for olive oil and table olives. Documents and presentations from the meeting were published on 4 November. Mohammed Ouhmad Sbitri, Executive Director of the IOC, in introductory remarks said, “These two products of the olive tree are key elements of the Mediterranean diet and are traded extensively on the international marketplace. This makes it essential to protect and showcase their attributes, and geographical indications are precisely the tools that are being used increasingly to do so.” Bestowing Geographic Indications is, however, not easy. Problems lie in what the criteria
    should be; who confers the special designation; and once an olive oil or table
    olive has the designation, who protects and polices it.
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    Coffee, wine, chocolate, cheese…now, here come the olive oil tastings.  You may have noticed these popping up, and I don’t mean someone handing out swigs from a pill cup at a food festival.  These are sit down events, where one takes notes, and compares the fruitiness, nuttiness, or “grassiness” of different oils.  Those of you who regularly attend Fancy Food Shows may yawn, but I daresay I notice a growing trend in tastings.

    If you’re curious, today’s free event at Whole Foods Pinecrest (11701 S. Dixie Highway) is low-budget way to experiment.

    Cecilia Richter, a friend who recently attended a Miami tasting of Giangrandi Chilean olive oil, was surprised at the range of tastes: “I’ve never tasted olive oil like that. It’s almost like drinking it, but you take a really small taste. You can really sense the differences. The milder ones were fruitier.  It was like a wine tasting, except you don’t really spit it out.”

    You can even find “tasting kits” online for at-home parties, although I’m wary of some of these.  Unfortunately, marketers know that many of us crave “rustic elegance,” (that’s a term I saw on Olio & Olive) even if we’re not quite sure what we’re getting.  So, just as with many of the “fine” wine tasting kits you may see online, I’d say buyer be careful.

    Today at Whole Foods in Pinecrest, you’ll get a chance at their own tasting.   Renée Frigo and Daniel Graeff, the founders of Lucini Italia, will guide a comparative olive oil tasting from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  The event is free, but you should reserve a spot by emailing lori.roberts@wholefoods.com, with the subject line: RSVP: LUCINI for SFM.  The organizers advise tasters not to wear perfume/cologne, drink coffee, or smoke cigarettes for at least two hours before the event.

    It’s part of a Slow Food Miami 5% Day at Whole Foods Pinecrest.  Five percent of all purchases will be donated toward the group’s Edible Film Series.

    INTENDENTE REGIONAL VISITA ESTE VALLE QUE SE INSTALA COMO GRAN PRODUCTOR DE ACEITE

    El olivo para aceite, posee una plantación 3 mil hectáreas plantadas (aprox.) en la región, se instala como el quinto producto más importante en superficie plantada y de acuerdo a las estadísticas de Chile Oliva se espera que estén plantadas 10 mil hectáreas en los próximos cinco años.

    En medio del Valle de Quilimari en la comuna de Los Vilos, junto a amigos y familiares, se celebró la primera Sagra de la Oliva, tradición familiar que invita a cosechar las primeras aceitunas de la temporada, que darán vida al más extra virgen aceite de oliva 100% orgánico. “Rescatamos lo más puro del valle y de nosotros mismos”, nos señaló el dueño del Fundo Los Cóndores, Augusto Giangrandi, quien con mantel largo, fue el anfitrión de la primera Sagra de este valle.

    Degustaciones, nuevos platos, visita al centro de proceso, se unieron a .usos alternativos del aceite de oliva como los masaje en manos y pies, para asimilar, en medio de la tranquilidad del valle, las virtudes de este “oro líquido” clave dentro del mundo de la belleza y la cosmética por sus innumerables propiedades hidratantes y antioxidantes.

    El proceso para lograr el aceite lo explicó Patricia Bottger, encargada de proceso de Fundo Los Cóndores, quien junto al Intendente Sergio Gahona y al Gobernador Iván Cisternas, recorrió cada uno de los pasos para lograr los primeros aceites de las temporada 2010 en este valle.
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