Friday, June 24, 2011

Fresh California Extra Virgin Olive Oil



Nestled in the Carneros region of the Sonoma Valley is the original and the most highly awarded California Olive Oil producer.


The Olive Press was created in 1995 by Ed Stolman and Deborah Rogers, both California olive growers and producers who were inspired by the olive pressing facilities of Italy and Southern France.


Dedicated to making only the finest Award-Winning, Fresh California Extra Virgin Olive Oil, they constructed a completely  unique facility designed to produce not only the best local Extra Virgin Olive Oil but also meet the custom pressing needs of commercial producers, growers with small harvests, and hobbyists wishing to create "estate" olive oil from home grown olives.


Their Extra Virgin Olive Oils are offered for complimentary tasting, along with a variety of vinegars, tapenades, cured olives and other fine artisan products.


They have tasting rooms here in Sonoma and also in Napa.


Our friends have a beautiful home here in the Sonoma Valley and have brought their olives here to be pressed.


 My friend Debbie and I stopped here on the way home so she could show me this beautiful place.


She said that many weddings take place here.

 

 I can see why!


 After strolling the grounds and taking in the views...


we headed to the tasting room


where I chose a bottle of Jalapeno Olive Oil.

With just a kiss of heat from fresh Jalapeno's crushed with Mission olives, makes this one of our favorites to dip bread.  Drizzle over salmon, chicken or steak.  Delicious & simple brushed on summer corn on the cob.


I was told to drizzle it over fresh avocados which I did as soon as I got home! 



 I made a very good choice :)




12 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Everything in Sonoma is wonderful isn't it!! Love that place, especially in the summer and fall.

I must have a visit to this place :)

Boho Farm and Home said...

Oh my...what a dream. See this is why everyone lives in CA. Good night...beauty around EVERY corner!
xo
Caroline

The enchanted home said...

I knew looking at this post would make me long to go back to Napa! I already am missing it so this really did me in....I can almost feel that warm sunshine and hear that soft California breeze. I love olive oil and love trying new brands. I bought my share when we were there and think I might have to convince hubby I am all out and need to replenish my supply:) Such a beautiful post...you are SO lucky to live close enough to go!!!!!

helen tilston said...

Thank you for transporting us to this beautiful corner of California. Your description is divine and like, The Enchanted Home, I am heading out to purchase some fresh olive oil and some avocados
May your weekend glow in sunshine
Helen Tilston

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Ok, so this is just beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing it with us, Terri! xo

Katie, Julep and Derby's Mom said...

All these wonderful photo's just make me want to go back to that area again for a nice visit - thanks for sharing!
All the best, Katie from
www.westiejulep.blogspot.com

Annabel Manners said...

Just gorgeous. I've noticed that the trend of olive oil tastings has made it's way down to southern California... I'm all for it - it's good for us and delicious! :)

Karena said...

Terri this post and your images....so gorgeous. What a great spot for a getaway!

The is a wonderful place for olive oil tastings not far from my home.

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Nutbird said...

I have to believe that you are wasted on blogland. Seems like you should be writing books or magazine articles. I am actually thinking about olive oil and going to Sonoma! You even got me interested in the ugly monkeys. I am putting the Alameda antique show on my bucket list. Forget about the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Getting ready for the summer cross country trip to Colorado. Got an Ipad so I can read your blog in the car. Ann

Anna Walker said...

I would so have a wedding there! I would also go there just to OD on Olive Oil! It's just so great! :D

http://annawalker1992.blogspot.com/

Alexandra Rae said...

Okay, I'm officially starving! The jalapeno olive oil sounds delicious; and any olive oil drizzled over avocados....Yum. Thanks for the beautiful pictures!

cjsullivan133 said...

Wow- look at those beautiful painting's of Mary! Are they wonderful or what! Gonna check that place out. (There is a new olive-oil shop across from the Claremont where you pick a bottle of oil and add flavors. I wonder if this is the same brand. Starts at $7 for the bottle and oil, and from there you make your own by adding any combination of flavors. Yummy