California Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Competition

014The California State Fair recently held its inaugural Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Competition and the winning oils will be proudly displayed during the California Exposition and State Fair – July 10-26, 2015.

The Extra-Virgin Olive Exhibit is located in California Building-B, with experts on hand to answer everything you want to know about olive oil. Fair-goers will also have the unique opportunity to taste many of the award-winning oils and meet some of the producers (check daily schedule).

I am proud to announce that my “OlioWheel” is featured in the interactive display for a hands-on consumer experience on pairing olive oils and food (See photo above).

I have lived in California for much of my life and I appreciate the amazing agricultural resources the Golden State provides not only to its citizens but to the world.

Although, new to the industry by Mediterranean standards, California olive oil is not as new as you might think. Father Junipero Serra and his fellow Spanish missionaries are credited for introducing the olive to California in the late 1700’s by planting the noble tree in the many missions from San Diego to Sonoma.

So, if you are in the Sacramento area during what locals refer to as the “best 17 days of summer” take the family to the fair and stop by the California Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Exhibit.  We can talk about two of my favorite subjects and hopefully yours: olive oil and food. I’ll be happy to answer your questions (even the ones you didn’t think to ask) and you can taste some of California’s finest oil!

Fruitiness, Bitterness and Pungency are the three positive sensory attributes of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. All extra-virgin olive oil should have a recognizable aroma/taste of fresh, healthy olive fruit, referred to as fruitiness. The bitterness and pungency (inherent elements in fresh olives) will vary with the intensity level.

The terms Delicate, Medium and Robust are used to describe the fruitiness intensity levels of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and are determined by many factors. The variety of olive (cultivar), its maturity at harvest and the producer’s decisions before, during and after the milling process are paramount.

Delicate oils possess a barely perceptible bitterness and/or pungency, a light fruitiness and are mild and delicate.

Medium oils have a favorable bitterness and/or pungency with pronounced ripe and/or green fruitiness.

Robust oils are bold and assertive. They have a distinct bitterness and/or pungency and possess an intense fruitiness.

Extra-Virgin Olive Oils are judged in these three categories: Delicate, Medium, Robust. Using the OlioWheel will help you pair the oils with particular foods.

I have listed the Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners in alphabetical order and in the category (Delicate, Medium or Robust) they won. For your convenience, I’ve also included the links (when one was available) to the producer’s website. The list is complete, however, I’m still working on the links.

2015 Judging Results

BEST OF SHOW EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

The Olive Press – Sevillano Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

BEST OF DIVISION EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

Single Variety Delicate – The Olive Press – Sevillano Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Single Variety Medium – Oils of Paicines – Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Blend Delicate – Buckeye Creek – Frantoio

Blend Medium – Apollo Olive Oil – Mistral

Blend Robust – Ternero Farms – Picual

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Show Medal Winners

Azul y OroEstate Extra-Virgin Olive Oil – Medium Blend – Gold

Bava Family Grove – Extra-Virgin Olive Oil – Medium Blend – Bronze

Bella Sun Luci – Arbequina Olive Oil – Delicate Single Variety – Silver

Bozzano Olive Ranch – Dewey’s Manzanillo – Medium Single Variety – Silver

Bozzano Olive Ranch – Dewey’s Ascolano – Medium Single variety – Silver

Bozzano Olive Ranch -Organic Coratina – Robust Single Variety – Gold

Bozzano Olive Ranch – Organic Bosana – Robust Single Variety – Silver

Buckeye Creek – Frantoio – Delicate Blend – Gold & Best of Division

Buckeye Creek – Coratina- Medium Blend – Silver

Butte View – Ascolano – Medium Single Variety – Bronze

California Olive Ranch – Arbequina – Medium Single Variety – Silver

California Olive Ranch – Miller’s Blend – Medium Blend – Silver

Calistoga Olive Oil – Vina Esperanza – Medium Blend – Bronze

Calistoga Olive Oil Madrona Tree – Robust Blend – Silver

Capay Gold -Hojiblanca – Delicate Single Variety – Bronze

Chasewater – Organic Allegra – Robust single Variety – Silver

Chasewater – California Mission – Medium Blend – Bronze

Cobram Estate – Ultra premium Picual- Medium Single Variety – Gold

Cobram Estate – Ultra Premium Mission – Robust Single Variety – Gold

Corto Olive Oil – Koroneiki – Medium Single Variety – Silver

D’Oliva Olive Oil – Medium Blend

Dry Creek Olive Company -Mediterranean Blend – Medium Blend – Silver

Dry Creek Olive Company – Alta Mesa Blend – Robust Blend – Gold

Dry Creek Olive Company – Trattore Farms Blend – Robust Blend – Silver

Enzo Olive Oil – Organic Arbequina – Delicate Single Variety – Bronze

Enzo Olive Oil – Organic Arbosana – Medium Single Variety – Silver

Enzo Olive Oil – Organic Koroneiki – Medium Single Variety – Bronze

Gallo Family – Koroneiki Blend -Medium Blend – Gold

Grewal Farms – Koroneiki Blend Medium Blend – Bronze

Grumpy Goats Farm – Picual – Robust Single Variety – Silver

Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company – Pendolino – Robust Single Variety – Silver

Katz Farm – Organic Chef’s Pick – Robust Blend – Gold

Mangini Ranch – Unfiltered Mission – Medium Single Variety – Silver

Apollo Olive Oil – Mistral – Medium Blend – Gold & Best of Division

Moon Shadow Grove – Organic Ascolano – Medium Single Variety – Gold

Moon Shadow Grove – Organic Mission – Robust Single Variety – Silver

Moon Shadow Grove – Organic Manzanillo – Robust Single Variety – Silver

Moon Shadow Grove – Organic Miscela – Robust Blend – Silver

Oils of Paicines – Organic Mission – Medium Single Variety – Gold & Best of Division

Olive Leaf Hills -Tuscan Blend -Medium Blend – Gold

Olive Leaf Hills – Minerva Blend – Medium Blend -Bronze

Organic Roots – Arbequina – Medium Single Variety – Silver

Rancho El Molino – Medium Blend – Bronze

Ruscello d Inverno – Medium Blend – Silver

Sierra – Sierra – Robust Blend -Gold

SLO 220 – Medium Blend -Bronze

Ternero Farms – Mission – Robust Single Variety – Bronze

Ternero Farms – Picual – Robust Blend – Gold

The Olive Press – Sevillano – Delicate Single Variety – Gold, Best of Division & Best of Show

The Olive Press – Mission – Delicate Single Variety – Silver

The Olive Press – Arbequina – Medium Single Variety -Bronze

The Olive Press – Picual – Robust Single Variety -Silver

Triple Play or Renfree Farms – Coaches Blend – Medium Single Variety – Bronze

Winter Creek -Delicate Single Variety – Silver

BEST OF SHOW FLAVORED OIL 

Sciabica’s Jalapeno

BEST OF DIVISION

Chili-based Flavored Olive Oil – Sciabica’s – Jalapeno

Citrus-Flavored Olive Oil – The Olive Press – Blood Orange Olive Oil

Flavored Olive Oil Show Medal Winners

Calivirgin – Buddha’s Hand Citron – Citrus Flavored Oil – Silver

Calivirgin – Oh! Oregano – Herbal Flavored Oil – Silver

Calivirgin – Extreme Heat Serrano – Chili-based Flavored Oil – Silver

Calivirgin – Hot Virgin Jalapeno Flavor Crush Oil – Chili-based Flavored Oil – Bronze

Calivirgin – Jalapeno Garlic – Chili-based Flavored Oil – Bronze

Dry Creek Olive Company – Lime -Citrus Flavored Oil – Silver

Dry Creek Olive Company -Meyer Lemon -Citrus Flavored Oil – Bronze

Dry Creek Olive Company -Blood Orange – Citrus Flavored Oil – Bronze

Enzo Olive Oil – Meyer Lemon Infused Organic – Citrus Flavored Oil – Silver

Enzo Olive Oil – Garlic Infused – Any Other Flavored Oil – Gold

MoonShadow Grove – Mandarin Orange – Citrus Flavored Oil – Gold

MoonShadow Grove – Meyer Lemon – Citrus Flavored Oil – Silver

Sciabica’s – Basil – Herbal Flavored Oil – Gold

Sciabica’s – Jalapeno- Chili-based Flavored Oil – Gold & Best of Show 

Sutter Buttes Natural and Artisan Foods – Meyer Lemon Infused Olive Oil – Citrus Flavored Oil – Silver

Sutter Buttes Natural and Artisan Foods – Oregano Infused Olive Oil – Herbal Flavored Oil – Silver

Sutter Buttes Natural and Artisan Foods – Basil Infused Olive Oil – Herbal Flavored Oil – Bronze

Sutter Buttes Natural and Artisan Foods – Citrus Habanero Infused Olive Oil – Any Other Flavored Oil – Silver

The Olive Press – Limonata Olive Oil – Citrus Flavored Oil -Gold

The Olive Press – Blood Orange Olive Oil – Citrus Flavored Oil – Gold & Best of Division 

The Olive Press – Lime Olive Oil – Citrus Flavored Oil – Gold

The Olive Press – Clementine Olive Oil – Citrus Flavored Oil – Silver

 

 

 

 

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