But what should the rest of us do that can't afford the Italian olive oil? It is more expensive than the other ones. Many of us do not have the deep pockets that you do to be able to have wines imported by the box from Italy.
I wasn't aware that Italian olive oil is more expensive than others from Europe. As for the imported wine, it's really very inexpensive. The whole shipment usually costs us much less than $10 a bottle.
When he sees the "Abruzzo" on the bottles from the province where his father was born he actually sheds tears. That alone is worth the money to me. Plus they often include a little "gift". Sometimes it's a wine bottle carrier, sometimes some decorative pasta bowls, or some other thing. We never know.
When we see the international number on our caller ID we can assume it's them in Italy, with some new offer. For well under $200 we get a lovely selection, enough to fill our wine cabinet for months. Shipped through their local distributor here, to satisfy US Customs requirements. The only stipulation is that we must be here in person to receive it (via UPS or FedEx), since it's alcohol.
If anyone would like the contact info I'd be glad to provide it.