Olives play a large part in my wine tasting regimen. It is a neutral food that does not change the aspects of a wine but does assist in cleansing the palate for the next round.
These marinated olives remind me so much of visiting one of my favorite wine bars, Enoteca Pitti Gola, in Firenze, located smack dab in front of the Pitti Palace. What a brilliant spot to try lots of different bites of deliciousness, paired perfectly with outstanding Italian wines. I enjoy a glass of Madrevite Elve Grechetto with these savory olives.
*Note: Keep olives in an airtight container for up to a month. In my house, I am lucky to keep these olives around for a day before they are devoured.
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1 pound Assorted Olives
1/4 cup EVOO
2 Bay Leaves
2 teaspoons Red Chili Flakes
Pinch of Sea Salt
Pinch of Black Pepper
Pinch of Fennel Seeds
Pinch of Sicilian Dried Oregano
2 Garlic Cloves, peeled
3 Strips of Lemon Zest, twisted
Splash of Aged Balsamic Vinegar, Villa Manodori is my ULTIMATE favorite!