Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Product Review: Rutherford Ranch's Ecco Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Ecco Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This olive oil is buttery with hints of herbs and spice. It makes a great finishing oil on steaks and salads. Note: This was a sample provided by Rutherford Ranch for review. http://www.rutherfordwine.com/

I decided to write about this olive oil again because I used it in a quick red gravy to add flavor, and a nice texture to the finished red sauce. I also love to have great olive oil on hand to make bruschetta. Basically you need good bread, I like the French Baguette's from our local Fresh Market. The bread is good and the right size for a small bite. You can brush the bread with olive oil and either grill it on a charcoal grill as it is done in Italy, a gas grill or in the oven until lightly toasted. Some add a bit of salt and pepper on each slice then rub it with a garlic glove while warm, then top with their favorite topping. I think if you are making a dish, especially one with a few ingredients, each ingredient should be of good quality. I really love the flavor profile of this olive oil by Rutherford Ranch http://www.rutherfordranch.com/products/product.php?productid=16154&cat=258&page=1.

Bruschetta is becoming so popular there are books written on preparing this delicious small bite or appetizer. Here is a bruschetta cookbook that looked interesting while cyber window shopping  on http://www.amazon.com/

Bruschetta di Pomodori


There are so many toppings that can be put on bruschetta. I saw this recipe on the Food Network. Giada is so inspiring at times.

 I want to try this recipe for Apricot Chicken Bruschetta  http://www.foodnetwork.com/search/delegate.do?fnSearchString=chicken+bruschetta&fnSearchType=site and pair it with J 2009 Pinot Gris http://www.jwine.com/.

 I think that the flavors of the wine would be perfect with the apricot preserves on the bruschetta.

Also check out my Bruschetta Recipe http://lorrieswineandfoodworld.blogspot.com/2011/05/delish-small-bites-and-wine-pairing.html and pair it with Rutherford Ranch's http://www.rutherfordranch.com 2008 Napa Valley Merlot or 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Rutherford Ranch 2008 Napa Valley Merlot

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