“Under the Tuscan Sun” Olive Oil
If you fell under the romantic spell of the memoir, “Under the Tuscan Sun” you’re sure to appreciate a chance to enjoy your very own taste of sorts of that escape-to-Italy life that author Frances Mayes wrote so lovingly about.
The book chronicled Mayes’ fraught escapades in restoring a Tuscan countryside home known as Bramasole that had been abandoned for 30 years.
In addition to renovating the house to new glory, she and her husband Edward Mayes also brought back to health the property’s olive trees.
Each October, the olives from these centuries’ old trees are pressed for olio nuovo, new oil with the freshest taste that’s meant to be used immediately.
Now, the Bramasole Fall 2023 oil is available for pre-order, including for customers in the United States.
I had a chance to try a sample bottle of the new oil, which consistently garners medals in the New York International Olive Oil Competition, including a gold in 2023.
Made from a blend of Frantoio, Moraiolo, and Leccino olives, this extra-virgin olive oil is a golden-green in color. It’s rich tasting with notes of tomato leaf and green pepper, with a long peppery arugula-like finish.
This is an olive oil that you want to save for finishing dishes rather than cooking with, so that you can enjoy its flavor to its fullest. Drizzle it over grilled bread, pastas, green salads, grain bowls, bean dishes, and even vanilla ice cream with a final sprinkle of sea salt.
Six 500ml bottles are available for $219 (which amounts to $36.50 per bottle) on the Bramasole web site. Shipping will begin in November.
It may not be the cheapest olive oil around. But its quality speaks for itself. And it’s definitely less expensive than rehabilitating your own house in Tuscany.