Olive Tasting Party Ideas

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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.

4 different types of olives

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

Grassy Green

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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