Virtual Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting
If you think all olive oils are created equal, that’s reason enough to partake in an educational tasting from Victoria’s Cobram Estate. Modelled after wine tasting (and updated after a sold-out event in October) the online Zoom masterclass is designed to showcase just how good extra virgin olive oil can be – and just how much handiwork and quality control goes into different olive varietals.
Hosted by Cobram Estate’s chief oil maker Leandro Ravetti and nutrition scientist and dietitian Dr Joanna McMillan, with an introduction from Cobram Estate founder and CEO Rob McGavin, the virtual tasting centres on four extra virgin olive oils fresh from this year’s 2020 harvest. Participants will receive a kit featuring a flight of those four oils (including the most awarded Limited Edition Hojiblanca, as well as an inferior oil for comparison), plus five tasting cups, an e-book full of Cobram Estate recipes and a bonus selection of Stone and Grove Olive Leaf Tea.
McMillan will explain the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil and a Mediterranean diet in general, while Ravetti will guide participants through the interactive tasting and provide pairing notes for the individual oils based on their flavour profile. He’ll highlight the particular strengths of each oil, with careful attention paid to aromas and flavour notes. There will even be a live Q&A segment at the end. Founded by a pair of friends, Cobram Estate started up in 1998 and now encompasses more than 2.5 million olive trees in North Western Victoria. Beyond branching out into sustainably–sourced olive leaf extracts and olive leaf teas, the company recently collaborated with Four Pillars newly launched Olive Leaf Gin.
Tickets are $10 per person, including the tasting kit posted in advance of the event. Registrations close October 27. Book here.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Cobram Estate.