The first-ever San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition announces winners

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The first-ever San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition awarded medals to more than two dozen olive oil makers.

Winning Best of Show was the Stockton-based Bozzano Olive Ranch’s A2 Italian Blend and Calolea Olive Oil of Marysville for its Meyer Lemon oil. The competition received 52 entries from 15 different olive oil companies. The entries were judged in two classes, extra virgin olive oil and flavored olive oil. Judging was done in Berkeley at the California Olive Oil Council.

Gold medals in the extra virgin olive oil category went to The Olive Press of Sonoma for its Picual, Winter Creek Olive Oil’s Ruscello D’ Inverno and Bozzano Olive Ranch’s A2 Italian Blend.

In the flavored olive oil category, gold medals were awarded to:

▪ Calolea Olive Oil of Marysville for its Meyer Lemon oil.
▪ The Olive Press’ Limonata.
▪ Coldani Olive Ranch of Lodi and it’s Calivirgin Oregano herbal olive oil.
▪ Coldani Olive Ranch’s Calivirgin Jalapeno Garlic.
▪ Coldani Olive Ranch’s Calivirgin Serrano.
▪ Coldani Olive Ranch’s Calivirgin Hot Jalapeno
▪ Enzo Olive Oil Company of Madera for its Garlic.
▪ The Olive Press’s Jalapeno.

“We were extremely pleased with the number of entries received for the inaugural San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition — it is a wonderful representation of the quality and variety of top-notch olive oil producers in the San Joaquin Valley and throughout the state,” said Stacy Rianda, deputy manager II at The Big Fresno Fair.

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