Napa Valley Olive Oil Competition is open to all California olive oil producers. Judging will be held April 6th. Olive oils and lab reports must be received by April 1st.
Medals will be awarded for Gold, Silver, Bronze, Best of Class and Best of Show.
In striving for excellence in our competition we have created special divisions to separate micro-producers (less than 100 gallons in total production) from larger producers, as well as separated co-milled from infused flavored oils.
We are committed not only to the future success of the Napa Valley Olive Oil Competition, but also to increasing public awareness and knowledge of extra virgin olive oil. At the conclusion of the judging, the complete list of award winners will be available online and provided to award-winning chefs.
Consumers – Join us July 4th as we Celebrate Napa Valley! for complimentary tastings, education and outreach from our winning producers as well as shopping in the marketplace.
This year’s competition is directed by Charles Henning and chaired by Alexandra Devarenne and will be judged by highly trained olive oil taste members.
CHARLES HENNING – Director
ALEXANDRA DEVARENNE – Competition Chair
Alexandra Kicenik Devarenne is a consultant and educator based in Sonoma County, California who focuses on olive oil evaluation, improvement and promotion. She is the co-founder of Extra Virgin Alliance, an international non-profit association of quality olive oil producers from twelve countries. She has been an olive oil taste panel member since 2003, and currently serves on the UC Cooperative Extension sensory panel. She has taught olive oil sensory evaluation at Olive Oil Sommelier Association of Japan, UC Davis and many other venues. She serves as a judge and advisor for various olive oil competitions domestically and abroad. Alexandra writes on olive oil for popular and scholarly publications, and her new book Olive Oil: A Field Guide was published in November 2014.
The nine member panel of judges will use a 100-point system adapted from the International Olive Oil Council. Names and biographies for all of the judges will be added as they are confirmed.
Celebrate! Napa Valley
Napa County Fair Association, Inc.
1435 N Oak Street
Calistoga, CA 94515