Recently there has been a lot of contoversary about Extra Virgin Olive Oil.   Much has been made about the health benefits of polyphenols and the marvelous aroma.  Food Scientist, Harold McGee wrote in the NYTimes, about how many people can’t taste the difference between oils.    To which my mother-in-law, Marcella Hazan replied:

What has escaped Mr. McGee’s attention is that what a good olive oil transfers to the food that is cooked in it – whether it be a single vegetable, or a sauce or a soup – is something that only a good olive oil can bestow: aroma and depth of flavor. It obviously can no longer be the oil that it was before cooking because in the process it has surrendered its qualities to the food for which it provided its sacrificial bath. If Mr. Mr. McGee wants to perform a comparison that has culinary value, it should be between something, spinach say, that is cooked in a good olive oil and samples of spinach cooked in different industrial seed oils.

When Italians use olive oil in cooking it is for the flavor it gives a dish.  It is not just a cooking oil, therefore, the highest grade or extra virgin is always used.  True extra virgin olive oil is made with olives that were picked just at the ideal degree of ripeness and then immediately taken to the mill for processing.  It is a labor-intensive product that is expensive to produce.  Please don’t compromise; good olive oil is critical to good cooking.

Giuliano and I are often asked, “How do you choose an olive oil”?  Which ones do you like best?  What does “extra” mean?  How can you be a very virgin?  Extra virgin refers to olive oil that has no more than aa 0.8% acidity level and comes from the first cold pressing of the olives. Giuliano and I import our own line of extra virgin olive oil from Apulia, where the spur and heel of Italy’s boot is.  It is made from 100% Ogliarola olives, Apulia’s most prized varietal.  It can be purchased online at Cybercucina, a great online Mediterranean gourmet food shop.

We are pleased to offer as a giveaway 6 half liter bottles of  our A & H Selections olive oil.  To be eligible to receive 6 bottles of our extra virgin olive oil, please read our official rules below then leave a comment.  On March 15, we will announce the lucky winner here.


Retail Value:            $165

Giveaway dates: Our giveaway will be from March 1st – March 14th. This giveaway is now CLOSED!

We are pleased to announce that Barbara from Vino Luci Style has won this giveaway.  We thank everyone who participated!

Official rules and methods to enter:


This is where we get to put in all of those lovely legal disclaimers.  Our intent with this give-a-way is pure enjoyment.  Fruit of the Boot Distribution is responsible for the shipping and product and we assume no liability.  We aren’t lawyers and we think it is sad that we need to put in disclaimers; however, it is our intent to conform with all U.S. rules and to only offer the possibility of the product to people who will personally enjoy it.  Basically, if something “bad” happens, we are sorry but don’t hold us liable, we enjoyed the product and are trying to give you an opportunity to do so too!  If you are out to “get” us, please stop and think of what kind of world you are creating.

No purchase necessary to enter or win. The selected winner will be notified by e-mail. Entrants can enter 1 x comment per e-mail address per day. Extra entries can be obtained once a day per social media outlet (tweeting (please put @educatedpalate in your tweets so we will know), facebooking, or “sharing”) with a trackback to this post. Give-a-way is open only to those who are 18 years of age at time of entry. Educated Palate and Hazan Enterprises assumes no responsibility for late or misdirected entries due to SPAM, technological, or e-mail filtering issues or for lost prizes. The use of any system, robot, agent, or software to automatically submit entries in connection with this Giveaway is prohibited.  Educated Palate’s decisions concerning all matters related to this sweepstakes are final. Odds of winning depend upon the number of entries received. Hazan Enterprises employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to win.  No cash substitutions, transfer, or assignment of prizes allowed. Winner must claim prize within 1 week after notification or the prize will be forfeited. Prize can only go to a physical addresses in the US, no PO Boxes. Winner grants to Educated Palate the right to use his/her name and biographical information in advertising and promotion without compensation or permission. We would appreciate a photo of you and your “olive oil” with which we could update our post.  Fruit of the Boot Distributors will pay for shipping and postage. Any tax, is the sole responsibility of the winner. By entering the giveaway through this website you are releasing Educated Palate, Fruit of the Boot, and Hazan Enterprises from any liability arising out of participation in this Giveaway or the acceptance, use, or misuse of the prize. Void where prohibited by law.

This giveaway is now CLOSED!

We are pleased to announce that Barbara from Vino Luci Style has won this giveaway.  We thank everyone who participated!