GET TO KNOW OLIVE OIL
If you want to know your arbequina from your picual, you can spend a full day learning about olive oil from an expert in the field at an olive oil masterclass at the Fumbally Stables in Dublin next month.
It is being organised olive oil sommelier Karen Cryan ( below), and will be conducted by Simon Field, an industry expert and organiser of Savantes, a worldwide body that promotes olive oil education.
On the first day there will be sessions on taste and flavour, identifying common defects, tasting of varietals from around the world, and health attributes of olive oil.
Having given the nose and palate a rest, participants will return the next morning to undertake the two- hour Savantes tasting test. Those who pass will be eligible to become associate members of the organisation. It’s a tough test – when Cryan took it she was one of four out of 11 to reach the required standard – and success brings with it recognition as an olive oil sommelier.
The masterclass, including lunch on the first day, costs ¤ 150 and will run 10am- 5pm on Friday, September 29th, and 10am to noon on Saturday, September 30th. Places can be booked by email ( cryankaren@ yahoo. com) or on 087- 6564807.