Lifestyle Food & Wine Taste Test: 3drops Olive Oil
Taste Test: 3drops Olive Oil
Written by Jan Hallam
Thursday, 03 August 2017


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Our palates have come a long way in respect to (and for) olive oil. Having been around the kitchen long enough to know that some of the imported olive oils we were confined to in the dark ages were often too old and too expensive, it is a delight to taste fresh, first-pressed olive oil that has been made in our own backyard.

3drops is a lively, fruity oil – with a hint of bitterness but perhaps not as muscular as its northern cousins from Moore River and Gingin making it ideal for a pre-dinner nibble. It was good with dukkah, but in the end you only taste cumin, so I recommend it neat with a drop of aged balsamic on quality sourdough. Its clarity really shines.

3drops hails from Mt Barker and is a multicultural blend of Frantoio, Nevadillo Blanco, Koroneki, Kalamata, Manzanillo and Pendolino cultivars giving it the best qualities of Italian, Spanish and Greek olives.

By Jan Hallam

Does red wine cause headache? I have heard a lot of people say that it does. I have also heard many say that it is bunkum. It’s the amount of alcohol you drink that causes the vasodilatation and headache they would say. Some put it down to histamines in wine. Others point to the sulphite content as the culprit.

Personally, I have become aware over recent years that certain types of wine, mainly red, will predictably bring on a headache within an hour or so of consumption. And I am talking here about no more than two standard drinks as the trigger.

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