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.
SANTA ROSA: Wine Library plans 25th anniversary
The Sonoma County Wine Library will present its 25th anniversary Gala from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 10 at the DeTurk Round Barn in Santa Rosa.
The afternoon includes wine tasting with 25 wineries, food pairings by Park Avenue Catering, live music by Heard These Cats and a silent auction of large format bottles.
Bo Simons, who served as wine librarian for most of its first 25 years, will be honored. Tickets are $45, or $80 per couple. winelibrary25.eventbrite.com.
The DeTurk Round Barn is located at 819 Donahue St.
SEBASTOPOL: WOW at Barlow
West Sonoma Coast Vintners will host the West of West (WOW) festival this Friday through Sunday at The Barlow in Sebastopol.
The festival begins Friday night with welcome dinners with winemakers. Saturday morning features seminars, interviews and flight tastings, followed by a Grand Tasting in the afternoon and a Grand Dinner in the evening.
The festival culminates with a Grand Tasting on Sunday afternoon.
Tickets range from $100 to $175. westsonomacoast.com or 1-888-878-9645.
SANTA ROSA: New classes at Savory Spice Shop
Santa Rosa’s Savory Spice Shop has launched a new series of international cooking classes for the late summer.
On Sunday, chef instructor Jennifer Torrey will go to Greece for a menu of traditional festival foods, from Baklava to Moussaka.
On Aug. 17, she will swing by Portugal for some soul-comforting dishes, including Chicken Piri Piri and Pasteis de Nata (custard tarts).
On Sept. 7, she returns home for a festive Sonoma County Harvest Party, featuring Wine Country cuisine with Mediterranean influences.