Olive Press Wins 4 Gold at NY International Olive Oil Competition
When The Olive Press of Sonoma took home four gold medals at the prestigious New York Olive Oil Competition this April, it marked not just a win for Sonoma County, but for all of America.
The company was the only U.S. artisan olive oil producer to take home so many top awards, selected from more than 900 entries from 27 countries. The New York International Olive Oil Competition draws more entries, from more counties, than any other olive oil competition in the world.
The Olive Press garnered honors for its Arbequina, Picual, Italian Blend, and Mission Extra Virgin olive oils, selected as winners by a panel of olive oil professionals from around the world. The win means that the company has received more awards than any other domestic olive oil company in North America, including top honors in the International Olive Oil Competition two years in a row.
This year alone, the company has collected significant accolades:
- California Olive Oil Council Olive Oil Competition: Arbequina and Picual
- San Joaquin Olive Oil Competition: Empeltre, Sevillano, Italian Blend, Limonato
- Biol International Olive Oil Competition: Lunigiana
- Good Food Awards: Jalapeno
- Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition: Picual
- California State Fair Olive Oil Competition: Italian Blend and Sevillano
Debuted in 1995, the Olive Press facility on Highway 121 (Arnold Drive) in Sonoma was the very first olive mill in Sonoma. It came from two local olive growers who, inspired by the mills of Italy and France, brought in Pieralisi processing equipment, and today, it produces house-made olive oil, crushes olives for local wineries and estates, and also crushes olives from small home growers.
It’s also become a remarkable tourist attraction, and locals’ favorite for specialty olive products. Visitors flock to The Olive Press to see the entire process from harvest bin to bottle, and to taste dozens of different oils, balsamic vinegars, tapenades, and olive oil roasted almonds.
Here’s a peek at what to expect from the 2017 gold medal oils:
Arbequina: bright and fruity aroma, with tastes of artichoke, a hint of pepper and subtle pungency.
Picual: aroma of wheatgrass, and tastes of green vegetable with a pleasant bitterness that fills the middle and back of the palate and ends with a mouth-filling pungency.
Italian Blend: the most robust and peppery of the Press’ extra virgin olive oils, in a combination of three Tuscan varieties, Frantoio, Leccino and Pendolino.
Mission: The Press’ original California variety, delivering fresh green flavors and a rich, buttery base.
Details: The Olive Press, 24724 Highway 121 (Arnold Drive), Sonoma, 800-965-4839
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