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60 Minutes News Program – Italy Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Agromafia

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60 Minutes documentary validates our mission and education to bring the highest quality extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars into Capizzano Olive Oils & Vinegars.

We know that our extra virgin olive oils are analyzed by a “Third Party Laboratory” called Modern Olive. All of our Extra Virgin Olive Oils are certified Ultra Premium.

Watch the full episode and also the 60 Minutes Overtime links provided below. Learn more about the importance of what we teach at Capizzano Olive Oils & Vinegars.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-overtime-how-to-buy-olive-oil/  January 3, 2016 episode.

WHAT IS ULTRA PREMIUM?

“Ultra Premium (UP) is a new category of olive oil that distinguishes the highest quality olive oil in the world. The UP standard was created by Veronica Foods in response to the growing need to separate high quality extra virgin olive oils from what dominates the so called “gourmet” and “premium” olive oil markets, as well as the broader category sold in mass markets the world over under thousands of brands and private labels.

The absurdly low standards created and fostered by numerous trade associations and government agencies responsible for policing them has only contributed to the confusion and misinformation. EU producers are actually given a perverse incentive in the form of government subsidies to keep their oils in storage until market conditions improve.

This practice clearly demonstrates the governmental complicity with retailers and bottlers to sacrifice quality for price. Lack of enforcement and testing by these trade associations and governmental agencies has led to a marketplace dominated by inferior oils and rife with adulteration. These practices by some of the world’s largest olive oil producers and bottlers have led to a steep decline in prices of extra virgin olive oil and are driving quality oil producers out of business.

The self serving overemphasis on “Where” extra virgin olive oil is produced continues to dominate perceptions at the expense of the far more significant “When, What, and How” the oil is made. The UP standard has as its principal barometers Chemistry and Freshness. These two underappreciated variables can be objectively measured, quantified, and certified. Since the highest quality EVOO comes from high quality fruit coupled with high quality production processes, the UP standard encompasses strict requirements for both the end-product and the production process.

No matter how high the quality of fruit and production methods used, the best olive oils in the world are never as good as when they are fresh. There are no standards for shelf-life of EVOO, and the current IOC “best buy” date is intentionally misleading and utilized at the whim of the retailer and bottler.

When a quality EVOO is fresh, there is significantly more positive sensory attributes detectable by the palate. As any EVOO ages, it naturally oxidizes losing positive sensory qualities as well as inheriting defects. Newly developed tests can objectively quantify the “Freshness” of an EVOO at various stages in its lifecycle and are referred to as the “Fresh Pack” tests encompassing both the Diacylglycerol Content (DAGS) and Pyropheophytins (PPP).

The UP standard is reserved for the finest extra virgin olive oils in the world, as such, the UP grade exceeds all existing European, Italian, Spanish, Greek, North American, Californian, or any other standard for the grade known as extra virgin olive oil.

In order to qualify for the UP grade, the extra virgin olive oil must meet or exceed a comprehensive set of Production, Storage, Transportation, Testing, Chemistry, and Organoleptic requirements as set forth in the following document. Instead of placing an overemphasis on what is less important (Terroir) to the detriment of the most critical factors (Chemistry and Freshness), the UP program is intended to reward farmers for producing high quality oil.

The UP program is intended to promote Fair Trade practices and help create a demand for a higher quality product thereby increasing the value.”

(Veronica & Michael Bradley – Veronica Foods)

 

Find A Mate – Create A Plate

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Find A Mate – Create A Plate 

Aged Balsamic Vinegars paired with Olive Oil Ideas

Black Cherry: Butter, Tuscan Herb, Rosemary, Persian Lime, Lemon

Blackberry Ginger: Blood Orange, Persian Lime, Lemon, Rosemary Olive Oils

Black Mission Fig: Pairs exceptionally well with all of our Olive Oils, White Truffle Olive Oil and Butternut Squash Seed Oil

Cara Cara Orange Vanilla: Basil, Lemon, Blood Orange, Tuscan Herb, Herbs de Provence

Cranberry Pear: Basil, Garlic, Lemon, Milanese Gremolata Olive Oils

Grapefruit: Wild Dill, Basil, Lemon or Wild Mushroom & Sage Olive Oils

Honey Ginger: Persian Lime, Orange, Lemon, Sesame Seed Oils

Dark Chocolate: Blood Orange, Persian Lime, Lemon, Baklouti Chile Pepper

Maple: Butter, Blood Orange, Butternut Squash Seed Oil

Pineapple: Basil, Blood Orange, Baklouti Chile Pepper, Wild Mushroom & Sage

Raspberry: Basil, Baklouti Chile Pepper, Lemon, Blood Orange, Persian Lime

Red Apple: Tuscan Herb, Tarragon, Butternut Squash Seed Oil, Wild Mushroom & Sage

Sicilian Lemon: Milanese Gremolata, Tuscan Herb, Herbs de Provence, Persian Lime, Wild Mushroom & Sage, Wild Dill Olive Oils

Gravenstein Apple: Wild Mushroom & Sage, Herbs de Provence, Garlic, Rosemary

Traditional Aged (^18 years): Any Certified Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Flavored Olive Oil

Serrano Honey Specialty Vinegar (no sulfites): Wild Mushroom & Sage, Tarragon, Persian Lime and any Certified Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Try an Aged Balsamic like Black Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Maple or Raspberry on Ice Cream.

Blood Orange Fused Extra Virgin Olive Oil is delicious on a premium vanilla ice cream too!

Be inspired to find a mate to create your own plate there are many possibilities.

These suggested pairings are great on fish, poultry, salads, bread dipping, desserts and pasta dishes to name just a few ideas.

You have a cornucopia of ideas at Capizzano Olive Oils & Vinegars. No Synthetic chemicals, coloring or flavoring added.

Skin Essential Olive Oil Cleanser Method

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Skin Essential Olive Oils – Skin and Hair Care with UP extra virgin olive oil

Skin Essential Olive Oil – Capizzano Olive Oils & Vinegars

Skin Essential Olive Oil Cleansing Method

  1. Spray 1 – 2 squirts of Skin Essential Olive Oil into clean hands and massage into face – keep there for a moment.
  2. Take a face cloth with warm/hot water – ring it out and place on your face keep there for a moment. Breath in and relax.
  3. Gently wipe your face in an upward motion.
  4. Repeat rinse cloth, ring it out and place on your face.
  5. Gently wipe your face off again.
  6. Avoid synthetic chemicals after cleansing.
  7. You will see the change of your skin texture with in a weeks’ time.

Use Skin Essential Olive Oil as a body moisturizer also. A little goes a long way!

Enjoy the aromatherapy benefits of the pure essential oils along with the anti-inflammatory benefits from the fresh Ultra-Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils used. Squalane benefits for skin health comes from high quality extra virgin olive oil.

Polyphenol levels are 380 – 480 parts per million in the Skin Essential Olive Oils – no old or refined olive oil is used.

Made with Care by Suzanne Capizzano

www.CapizzanoCo.com 860-495-2187

 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil A Spice For Our Health

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As we begin our journey to a Mediterranean Lifestyle through foods and fresh extra virgin olive oil it is good to learn more about what benefits extra virgin olive oils provide us. Here is an informative link by Olive Oil Times.

http://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil-health-benefits

We look forward to beginning our series of events focused on Health Through Heritage, Mediterranean Lifestyle with menu planning and recipes using our Ultra Premium Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil. On November 18th we will be discussing 8 Simple Steps to a Mediterranean Lifestyle and more. A book is available for purchase for our series of events to integrate into your own personal routine. The recipes are easy to prepare and delicious.

Join us November 18, December 1, December 9 and December 16 for educational tips and tastings from the books recipes. A sampling of an exceptional wine and sparkling mineral water will complement the menu and evening.

See details on our Event Schedule for cost and RSVP requirements.

The Capizzano’s

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The Capizzano’s are checking in with each other for a little Rest & Relaxation – October 14 to October 21.

Our store will reopen on Wednesday October 21st with regular hours 12:00 – 5:00pm.

We are preparing for holiday gift giving with exceptional gifts and flavors to complement what you create. Our Mediterranean Tasting & Educational series of events will begin honoring Breast Cancer Awareness month – October 28th at our store. See our Events schedule for more details.

Thank you for all your business and support. We look forward to seeing you October 21st.

Per La Salute

Suzanne & Stephen Capizzano

Thank You for Helping Us Grow

ONE YEAR OLD –AGAIN

Suzanne and I just celebrated our 1st year in business together at Capizzano Olive Oils and Vinegars. How does it feel to be one year old again at our age?

GREAT!!

     Newness, Freshness, Aliveness, are just some of the words that come to mind. But with aliveness comes uncertainty. At one year old it was usually Mom who supplied the certainty but this time around we know we have to get it from each other AND especially from our customers. The relationship we have developed, with each of you, have shown us we have something of value to offer and your response to our product and store constantly confirms that.

Being one year old provides us the opportunity to find our niche both personally and professionally and with nourishing relationships we are learning to grow in a healthy and vibrant way.

Thank You for Helping Us Grow                S S Photo Store 2

Creative and Unique Gift Ideas

We have exceptional and creative gift ideas, our signature dishes are hand designed they hold your flavorful creations beautifully. Unique handmade keepsake boxes are a favorite at Capizzano Olive Oils & Vinegars and labels can be customized with advanced notice. We value the taste of excellence with what you present as gifts. You will enjoy creating your own gift with our new arrivals.

 

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Capizzano Olive Oils & Vinegars One Year Later

Capizzano Olive Oils & Vinegars One Year Later

As Suzanne and I come upon our one year anniversary, we are taking the time to reflect about all that we have been blessed with.

That we know more about the business of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and Aged Balsamic Vinegars is true, but we also know more about ourselves, how we, as husband and wife relate to each other, our customers, the community and our business. As we educate our customers about the art and science of exceptional EVOO & balsamic vinegar we hear their passion about what we value too.

With the testimonials of quality we feel confident in the work we are doing. We enjoy viewing the world through the life stories that our customers bring to us. We begin to learn from each other through the simple yet complex nature of the precious olive and grape.

Do you have any Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

We get this question frequently and with a name like Capizzano you would think we would have Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil all the time.

The question begs the reason we got into this business. When Suzanne and I started, we looked at it as an educational adventure, one that suggested quality and excellence.
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