Most Americans are gearing up for Thanksgiving and kicking off the ubiquitous holiday season. All the traditions deliciously center around food: turkey…potatoes…stuffing… pies. Let’s not rush the holiday feasting just yet. Instead of spending your weekend shopping, prepping and cooking for the big day, why not celebrate the Italian way?
Head to Red Ridge Farms for the 4th annual Olio Nuovo Festa. They’re commemorating their olive harvest with olive oil tastings, newly released Pinot Noir, and samples of Italian bruschetta made with gourmet olive oil, made from olives grown and pressed on site. The festival takes place November 16th, 17th, and 18th, from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Red Ridge Farms, tucked away in Dundee Hills wine country, offers a glorious multi-sensory experience. Twisty vineyards, brilliant lavender fields, and fragrant olive trees blanket the hillside. The nursery sells specialty plants and aromatic herbs. There’s also a wine tasting room, olive mill, event space, and two vacation rentals. The cozy Red Ridge Farms store offers luxurious browsing and shopping for unique plants and flowers, books, tea, and other distinctive gifts.
Durant vineyards planted grapes on the upper property in the early 1970’s. Nestled adjacent to the vineyards an olive grove produces six varieties of olives from 13,000 olive trees! In 2008 Red Ridge Farms began pressing olives into oil at their Italian constructed olive mill. The mill processes over 1,000 pounds of olive an hour.
The festivities taking place at Olio Nuovo Festa in scenic wine country are not to be missed. Plan to spend the afternoon tasting, sampling, and exploring the spectacular property. Tours of the olive mill will also be available.
As any epicurean knows, high quality oils, especially olive oil, are synonymous with flavorful cooking and robust recipes. Olive oil grabs bonus points for its heart healthy fats, vitamin E, and antioxidants. Go ahead- indulge with bruschetta! Crusty bread slices topped with the fruity marriage of tomatoes and olive oil create a simple yet elegant appetizer. Perfect for sustaining hungry guests until the turkey gets carved.
- 12 slices of an Italian baguette, toasted
- 3 large fresh tomatoes (about 2 lbs.)
- 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 3 Tablespoons fresh chopped basil
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Combine all ingredients except bread and allow to marinate for at least 2 hours. Do not refrigerate, as tomatoes will lose their flavor. Use a slotted spoon to layer on the bread. Serve immediately.