According to the California State Fair press release, California extra virgin olive oil is one of the state’s fastest-growing agricultural industries. Consumers appear to be starting to turn to local olive oils after huge publicity about olive oil adulterations and cheating in Europe, where producers allegedly added other oils and coloring to feign extra virgins.
We do know that olives are Sonoma Valley’s second-largest agricultural crop after grapes.
And Sonoma Valley’s own Olive Press just cleaned up on medals at the California State Fair, San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition and at the Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition.
The California State Fair’s just-released Olive Oil Competition awards include a multitude of medals for Fred and Nancy Kline’s Olive Press, including top Best of California Extra Virgin Olive Oil for its Mission line in the Single Variety Delicate category, and Best of Class for extra virgin olive oil, again for Mission. They also received several gold and silver medals for their Manzanillo, Sevillano, Arbosana, Arbequina, Picual, and Italian blend extra virgin olive oils. The Olive Press’s Lemonato, Clementine and lime flavored olive oils gained silver and bronze medals.
McEvoy Ranch won gold for its certified organic estate Robust Blend EVOO.Olive Press's 'Mission' oil earned Best of California & Best of Class awards at the state fair,