The Sonoma County Harvest Fair announced the 2013 olive oil winners, today, and Dry Creek Olive Company walked away with “Best of Show” honors for 2013. This year’s event has shifted focus slightly to honor Sonoma County’s “world-class agricultural quality.”
Every year the Sonoma County Harvest Fair invites members of the gustatory community to enter the Professional Food and Wine Competition. The June judging of the olive oil competition was done by a “panel of tasting experts.” Forty-six olive oils were entered in the contest with 15 Double Gold medals, 9 Gold medals and 18 Silver medals awarded.
Dry Creek Olive Company won Best of Show for the second year. They won more medals than any other participant, including four double gold medals and a total of ten medals. The winning Mediterranean Blend oil combines Italy’s Coratina and Tuscan olive, Greece’s Kalamata olive and Spain’s Sevillano olive.
The harvest fair’s two divisions include California grown and custom blended by a Sonoma County processor or made with Sonoma County grown olives, and designated so on the label. California-grown oils include three flavor categories: Citrus, Herb and Other. Sonoma County grown oils also have three classes: delicate, medium and robust.
Healdsburg 2013 Double Gold Winners are in the Sonoma County Grown Olive Oil category, medium flavor: Deergnaw Olive Oil and Ferrari–Carano Vineyards and Winery. In the robust category, Dry Creek Olive Company, Mediterranean Blend
In the other classification, California Grown Olive Oil, Healdsburg winners include, in the light division, Dry Creek Olive Company’s Three Orchards Blend and in the robust division, Dry Creek Olive Company’s Frutteto. In the California Grown flavored olive oil category, the medal winner from Healdsburg is Dry Creek Olive Company’s Mojito Lime
The Sonoma County Harvest Fair will be held October 4 – 6 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Admission to the harvest fair is free and will include entrance to the marketplace, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting seminars, education presentations and the “World Championship Grape Stomp.” Tickets to the Tasting Pavilion are $50 per person; or $90 for two (pre-sale only).
For a complete list of winning olive oils and producers, click harvestfair
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