Ciao friends and olive oil junkies,
Debra and I just returned from Tuscany where the olives are beginning to ripen in advance of this year's Pornanino Olive Harvest. The fruit fly in the Chianti area has been especially devastating to olive groves this year. In addition to olive oil producers, most people who own land have at least some olive trees that they harvest for their own personal supply of olive oil. And virtually everyone we talked to this fall has no plans to harvest their olives at all because of the fruit fly infestation... everyone, that is, except Pornanino. Because of their charmed location, they have once again escaped the ravages of the fly, and their olive oil should be excellent again this year!
As always, 4,000 bottles of liquid gold will arrive at our door during the first week of December. As we have for the past few years, Debra and I will host a celebration when the new oil arrives - with an antipasti spread and lots of the new oil to taste… and you can then go home with your freshly pressed olive oil.
We've decided to alternate between two of our favorite places in Madison (WI) - last year's event at The Chocolaterian Cafe was a big hit, and this year will be just as festive when we return to Sardine Restaurant. John and Phillip will prepare some olive-oil-inspired antipasti and a cash bar will be available.
This year's celebration will take place in Early December. We will have some Pornanino Olive Oil and other products available for purchase. If you'd like to attend, send us an email.