Whether you are celebrating National Olive Day on June 1 or looking for something fun to do with your crew of friends, here are our Olive Tasting Party ideas with food and wine pairing suggestions.
Did you know? You can tell by the color how an olive tastes.
Divina suggests some food pairings with types of cheeses and deli meats for your Olive Tasting Party to bring out the flavor.
Light or Bright Green
Kind of Olives: Castelvetrano, Frescatrano™
Flavor: Mild, sweet, floral
Food Pairing: Brie, Burrata, Mozzarella, Prosciutto
Wine: crisp white wine like a Pinot Grigio
Kind of Olives: Mt. Athos, Cerignola
Flavor: Herbal, buttery
Food Pairing: Cheddar, Chèvre, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Prosciutto
Wine: apperitivo cocktails, sparkling wines like Prosecco, or refreshing whites like Pinot Grigio.
Blonde or Light Brown
Kind of Olive: Greek or Italian Olive Mix
Flavor: Fruity, Nutty
Food Pairing: Manchego, Feta, Mahón, Serrano Ham
Wine: Italian or Greek white (not Chardonnay)
Purple or Eggplant
Kind of Olive: Kalamata
Flavor: Smoky, Fruity
Food Pairing: Feta, Goat, Blue, Fennel Salami
Wine: Pinot Noir or a dry Greek wine
Black (Brine Cured)
Kind of Olive: Black Ripe
Flavor: Mild, Nutty, Fruity
Food Pairing: Fontina, Asiago, Swiss, Gruyere, Calabrese Salami
Wine: Chardonnay or Pinot Noir
Black (Dry/Salt Cured)
Kind of Olive: Thassos
Flavor: Deeply Fruity (licorice), Aromatic, Bitter
Food Pairing: Blue, Gorgonzola, Goat, Sopressata
Wine: Chablis or a Tavel Rosé.
You may want to add bread sticks or your favorite bread slices as well.
The International Kitchen: Olives and Wines: The Perfect Pairings
Divina: Olive Tasting Guide
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