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A La Carte: Praise for The Olive Press’ Sevillano

  • Dee Wickham, left, and Phyllis Niklas taste a wide variety of heirloom tomatoes during the 17th annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival in Santa Rosa. (ALVIN JORNADA/ PD FILE, 2013)

SONOMA COUNTY: Praise for The Olive Press’ Sevillano

The results are in for the Sonoma County Harvest Fair’s 2014 Olive Oil Competition, with the Sevillano olive oil from The Olive Press of Sonoma winning Best of Show.

“Sevillano is something we try to make every year,” said Chris Gilmore of The Olive Press. “It’s a difficult olive. It’s very large, typical of a martini olive, but the oil content is quite low.”

Despite its challenges, Gilmore said the Spanish olive makes a beautiful oil, with a light, grassy flavor that is the equivalent of the wine world’s Beaujolais Nouveau.

“It’s a very early harvest,” he said. “You want to get it early and use it up.”

The Olive Press, which has stores at the Oxbow Market in Napa and at 24724 Arnold Drive in Sonoma, currently is out of the Sevillano oil but will have more come January.

For Sonoma County oils, Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery won a double gold for its Mountain Estate Oil in the delicate category; Medlock Ames won a double gold for its blend of seven olives in the robust category; RobiSonoma RRV won a double gold for its blend of Arbequina and Koroneiki olives.

For California-grown oils, The Olive Press won double golds for both the Sevillano and Ascolano oils in the light category; and Dry Creek Olive Company won a double gold for Maurino in the light category and for its Mediterranean Blend in the medium category.

In the California Grown Flavored category, Dry Creek Olive Company won a double gold for its Lime Olive Oil; and Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery won a double gold for its Meyer Lemon Olive Oil.

For the complete list of winners, go to harvestfair.org.


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