rosalia grove nudo

“Nudo is an olive grove. And part of it can be yours” ~ from Nudo’s Facebook page

Okay, before I explain that line, let me first apologize to you.

I’m sorry that I didn’t write this blog post in November. Back in October, I was contacted about sampling olive oils from Nudo Italia, an artisanal Italian olive oil company. I got the samples. I loved them. I had good intentions of writing a ‘suggested gift idea’-type blog post that would have been perfect for Christmas.

But alas, here we are. It’s February and I’m just now getting around to writing this post. Shame on me because I really, really love this olive oil and the story behind it. (if you liked Under the Tuscan Sun, you’re going to love this story, so be sure to click through and read!)


nudo olives


Now on to the explanation of that intro line: “part of it can be yours”.

In addition to the fact that the olive oil is delicious, the packaging is super cute, and the pricing is really reasonable on all of their products, they also have an ADOPTION PROGRAM! And it’s not like getting a star named after you — you actually get olive oil from the tree! (Those stars don’t come with magic star dust do they?)

There are a few different options starting at $49/quarterly (if you purchase for yourself) or $69 if you give it as a gift (this option includes an adoption gift pack). Check out the Adopt section on their website for full details.

How cool is this? Seriously, I would be ecstatic if I got this as a gift –hint hint.


nudo adoption certificate


I suppose I shouldn’t be kicking myself too hard over missing the Christmas gift giving season because truly, we’ve still got plenty of occasions on the horizon: Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, your sister/aunt/cousin/friend’s birthday, anniversaries…

And while I think the Adoption package makes a really unique gift, I wouldn’t want you to overlook all of the other fabulous gift options in the Nudo online shop. The item I was able to sample was the Nudo Divine Duo, and both the olive oils in this set are wonderful.

nudo divine duo


And guess what? The nice folks at Nudo would like for one of you to experience the Divine Duo as well!

~Contest Closed~

The winner is:

#50 Erin!

To enter, all you have to do is this:


1. Leave a comment telling me about the most unique gift you’ve ever given or gotten.

For up to 2 additional entries, you can do either or both of the following. Note: You must leave a separate comment for each optional entry.

2.  Follow me on Twitter (@betheats) and tweet “Win a @NudoItalia Divine Duo from @betheats!”, then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like Eat.Drink.Smile. on Facebook and come back and tell me you did so (or just tell me you already do if that’s the case!)


Contest ends on Friday, February 15th at Noon Central. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. If they don’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!



Photos of Rosario Grove and olives courtesy of Nudo’s FB page

57 Responses to “Nudo Olive Oil: Gift Idea and Giveaway!”

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    Christina — February 11, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    I give a lot of gifts from my travels around the world, so some of the unique things I’ve given are Christmas ornaments from Rothenburg, Germany, chocolate from Bruges, Belgium, and other specialty items.

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    Christina — February 11, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    Tweeted @Christina615

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    Christina — February 11, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    I already LIKE you on Facebook!

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    amy williams — February 11, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    I received a Timmy Woods purse. Loved it!

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    amy williams — February 11, 2013 @ 9:10 am


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    amy williams — February 11, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    Like on FB

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    Lia — February 11, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    The best gift besides my husband was the birth of my son, hands down!!! the BEST!

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    Kristen — February 11, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    I like you on facebook already!

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    Kristen — February 11, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    I was once given a memory foam pillow… best gift ever!

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    Jess — February 11, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    When I was 12 my dad bought me a machete because I complained about all the girly presents I got every year – definitely the most unique present I’ve ever received :)

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    Yvonne — February 11, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

    The best gift was when I got back from a wonderful but exhausting (and somewhat dangerous: I went there all on my own) trip to India at the age of twenty, my parents had painted my room and made shelves for all my books.
    All this they had done for me, because they love me …

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    ErinsFoodFiles — February 11, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    Ok, Jess (comment #10) wins.

    My step grandfather gives really unique gifts. Among this year’s is sunblock (SPF 30), a blinking light to put on my dog for night walks, a Gatorade energy gel thing, and an issue of National Geographic. :)

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    Allison — February 11, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

    Hmm. We go for a trip every year instead of exchanging Christmas gifts.

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    Hettar7 — February 11, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    this old old B fantasy movie called the Barbarian Brothers. lol. my siblings and I watched it as kids and and had an old copy recorded off the TV till my dad found it as a used video in a rental store.

    ps .. I’ve heard of Nudo, and have wanted to adopt part of the grove just hadn done it. I think my mother would love it as a gift. I sense mothers day is taken care of. :)

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    alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog] — February 11, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

    I’m loving all these comments with hysterically awesome + unique gifts! I’ll have to share a meaningful unique one – for our ‘paper’ anniversary, Jeremy gave me a print of the night sky on the night were were married. The program partners with various observatories located around the country, and one just happened to be in Asheville, which is where we married!

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    alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog] — February 11, 2013 @ 6:17 pm

    I tweeted!

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    Meryl — February 11, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

    A uniquely designed emerald ring.

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    Louis — February 11, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

    A very hard-to-find CD of Oscar Peterson.

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    Corisa — February 11, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

    i love my automatic car starter!

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    Beth J — February 11, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

    My house was cleaned by a friend while I was away taking care of family.
    How cool is that?

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    Nicole — February 12, 2013 @ 1:02 am

    Most unique gift – A cooking class gift certificate ;)

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    Nicole — February 12, 2013 @ 1:03 am

    I follow you on Facebook

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    Louis — February 12, 2013 @ 4:37 am

    surprise “care” packages with authentic German food :)
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

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    Louis — February 12, 2013 @ 4:37 am

    following you on twitter @left_the_stars
    I tweeted your giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

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    Louis — February 12, 2013 @ 4:38 am

    I like Eat.Drink.Smile. on facebook (Louis H Uffmire)

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

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    Debbe — February 12, 2013 @ 4:52 am

    Deborah Eubanks likes you on Facebook. :)

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    Debbe — February 12, 2013 @ 4:54 am

    For this past Christmas, my bf was given this really nice Sherpa throw. I immediately stole it from him, and I just LOVE it! It’s so soft and silky, I put it on my bed and use it every nite!

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    Debbe — February 12, 2013 @ 4:56 am


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    Debbe — February 12, 2013 @ 4:59 am

    deboraheubanks is following @betheats on twitter. still new to twitter

    • Debbe replied: — February 12th, 2013 @ 5:00 am

      I guess that’s @deboraheubanks is following @betheats on twitter?

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    Beth B — February 12, 2013 @ 5:00 am

    A trip to Napa Valley for my birthday was the best!

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    Laura F — February 12, 2013 @ 6:37 am

    A trampoline :)

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    rachel — February 12, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    A patio set at my bridal shower. But I was living in an apartment without a deck (and had no plans to move at all). It was sweet but not very useful. :)

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    Amber — February 12, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    Not sure if it is particularly unique but when I was in college I got an easy bake oven because for years I had complained about how I never got the easy bake oven I was dying to have as a child.

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    Amber — February 12, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    Oh and I already follow you on facebook

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    Jone — February 12, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    I just now ‘liked’ you on Facebook!

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    Jone — February 12, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

    I think the most unique gift I’ve ever received was the year that my husband hung some pieces of costume jewelry on the Christmas tree, for me, instead of wrapping them in boxes. It was such a surprise when I spotted the first one!

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    Cori Westphal — February 12, 2013 @ 11:46 pm

    I’d have to say the year my hubs bought me scissors. Yes, scissors. I was shocked. I thought he was crazy. I thought he had lost his mind thinking I’d want scissors as a gift. Later, after giving him zero credit, I found out these scissors are the absolute best in the world! I’ve now had them for over 5 years and they are still incredible! Scissors as a gift may not always be the right choice, but this worked out for the best!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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    Cori Westphal — February 12, 2013 @ 11:48 pm

    I follow you on Twitter @coriwestphal (

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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    Jere — February 13, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    My husband bought me a chain saw for Christmas one year, I thought that was somewhat unusual!!

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    Nicole — February 13, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    I think the most unique gifts I have received are all the Christmas ornaments my mom has given us over the years, now my tree is full!

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    Nicole — February 13, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    I like you on FB

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    Nicole — February 13, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    I just tweeted too

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    Lesley Eats — February 13, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    Unique gift? That’s a tough one, but I will say that my husband is both really great and really terrible at gift-giving. Luckily, this past Christmas, he did well. I’ll have to show you my phone case that says, “I’m kind of a big dill.” :)

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    Lesley Eats — February 13, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    I tweeted!

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    Lesley Eats — February 13, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    And, of course I’m a fan on FB!

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    Elaine — February 13, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

    the most unique gift i got was baby clothes…before i had a baby.

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    Kristen — February 13, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    My children are the best gift I’ve ever been given and I tell them both that all the time!

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    Kristen — February 13, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

    Just liked you on FB too! Thanks so much for this!

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    Erin @ The Speckled Palate — February 14, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    Followed you on Twitter AND posted the message. :)

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    Erin @ The Speckled Palate — February 14, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    Also just followed you on Facebook.

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    Erin @ The Speckled Palate — February 14, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    And now, the most unique gift I ever received… this is a tough one. My mother is fantastic with gifts, and she handmade me a bulletin board for a birthday, complete with quotes, photos and the like. It hangs in the guest room of our home, and I love it because it’s a sweet reminder of my past and her love.

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    Jason Jeandron — February 14, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    A unique gift that I recieved was a silver spoon that my Grandmother had been holding onto since she was young. It was given to her by her mother and shortly before she died, she gave it to me, all wrapped up in tissue paper and a ribbon.

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    Jason Jeandron — February 14, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    I am also following you on twitter.

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    amanda — February 15, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    the most unique gift i was ever given was also what convinced me my husband was ‘the one’ – he dropped by my apartment one morning and brought me a couple clementines. it was so unexpected & sweet, and i knew he was a keeper. :)

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    amanda — February 15, 2013 @ 11:11 am


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    amanda — February 15, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    i already ‘like’ you on FB!

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