Learn the basic fundamentals of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Simple, no-nonsense, practical guidance to its style, quality and use.

optimized-shutterstock_453063997This comprehensive workshop is developed for the benefit of both producers and marketers covering all the “must knows” of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Participants will be shown by example the 5 most common taste defects which preclude oils from being “Extra Virgin”, as well as, the three recognised positive characteristics of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Also, have you ever wondered what all that technical stuff on a chemistry report means?  We will also guide you through the chemical jargon and explain what it says about the quality, style, smoke point and shelf life of your olive oil.

We’ll also help you to answer the most common questions posed by your customers about Extra Virgin Olive Oil and how EVOO compares with other traditional and emerging edible oils.

Course overview:

  • What is ‘extra virgin’?
  • Recognising defects
  • Positive characters
  • Olive oil quality
  • Smoke point explained
  • Shelf life
  • What the chemistry means
  • Simple answers to consumer questions

Presented by:  Richard Gawel and Paul Vossen

About the presenters:  With a combined 40 years of experience in olive oil, Richard and Paul have been senior or presiding judges in over 125 major International and National competitions including the Los Angeles, New York, and Japan Internationals and the Australian National. They both successfully trained olive oil tasting panels to the standard recognised by the International Olive Council in their respective countries of Australia and the US. Richard is a former lecturer in sensory science at the University of Adelaide and in Food and Wine Studies at Le Cordon Bleu, and currently is a research scientist working on taste active polyphenols. Paul has over 25 years international experience in advising on the production and sensory quality of extra virgin olive oil as part of the University of California extension service and has recently been awarded emeritus status by them for his work.

Location:  Serafino by the Lake , Restaurant, 39 Kangarilla Road, McLaren Vale  SA.

Registration Fee:  $200 (includes the International Standard Blue Tasting Glass).  Maximum of attendees for this workshop is 25.