WILD GROVES LAUNCHES! View the KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN!

September 13, 2016 Today is the official launch of Wild Groves, my family’s new Olive Oil and  Gourmet Food company.  We couldn’t be more excited! It’s been 9 months in the making… hustle, blood, sweat and tears… and here we are. We are launching with a KICKSTARTER campaign, please view it here:   We are asking you and the Kickstarter’s community for help to allow us to ramp up to full production, complete purchases of our packaging and materials by taking advantage of volume discounts and also secure amazing olives […]

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My First Interview with Patricia Darragh of the California Olive Oil Council – Certified 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil Through the “Seal Program”

Patricia Darragh – Executive Director of the California Olive Oil Council (COOC) Berkeley, CA We discuss “Certified 100% EVOO” & the significance of the “Seal Program” The COOC is a trade association with the mission of encouraging the consumption of certified California extra virgin olive oil through education, outreach and communications. The COOC is committed to upholding the highest standards within the olive oil industry through its Seal Certification Program. The COOC provides the only seal certification program in California for extra virgin olive oil and has some of the strictest, […]

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DON’T Re-use OLD Olive Oil Bottles in Your Kitchen!

I know you like that bottle…but DON’T Re-use OLD Olive Oil Bottles! A QUICK TIP: I see this happen all the time, where you love that bottle, the look, the shape, how the oil looks inside it, but please, don’t re-use bottles of olive oil that have sediment in the bottom.  If it’s clean (no sediment, and the oil was not old or rancid), then OK, you are good to go, re-use it! That sediment caked against the bottom of the bottle inside will make your good oil go bad.  Particularly […]

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OF6 – Olio Nuovo Tasting with California Olive Ranch – from Artois CA

Tasting California Olive Ranch’s 2015 Olio Nuovo – from Artois California In this episode of the Olive Fantastic Video Blog, I’m tasting Olio Nuovo from California Olive Ranch (COR), located in Artois California.  They call it “Limited Reserve,” but it’s fresh Olio Nuovo to us! Name: Limited Reserve Variety/Blend: Arbequina & Koroneiki Date Harvested: October 2015 Bottle Size/Format: 500ML/Square/Antique Green/ROPP Cap + Pour-Spout Insert Price: $19.99/500ML bottle Nose: 2 out of 3 – Full of fruit, with delicate notes of guava and papaya, tangled in with sweet green hay and ripe red apples. Fruitiness: 3 out of 3 – […]

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OF5 – Olio Nuovo Tasting with Bozzano – from Stockton CA

Tasting Bozzano’s 2015 Organic Olio Nuovo – from Stockton California In this episode of the Olive Fantastic Video Blog, I’m tasting Organic Olio Nuovo from the Bozzano Family, located in Stockton California. Name: Organic Olio Nuovo Variety/Blend: 100% Organic Leccino Date Harvested: November 2015 Bottle Size/Format: 500ML/Antique Green/ROPP Cap + Pour-Spout Insert Price: $29.75/500ML bottle Nose: 2 out of 3 – Big green aromas of freshly harvested olives, wheat grass, herbaceous, with a touch of ripe red apple Fruitiness: 2 out of 3 – Loaded with green flavors like freshly cut grass, herbaceous green vegetables, green pears and a noticeable […]

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OF4 – Olio Nuovo Tasting with Sciabica – from Modesto CA

Tasting Sciabica’s 2015 Olio Nuovo – from Modesto California In this episode of the Olive Fantastic Video Blog, I’m tasting 3 x Olio Nuovos from the Sciabica Family, located in Modesto California. Name: Manzanillo Sciabica Olio Nuovo Variety/Blend: 100% Manzanillo Date Harvested: November 2015 Bottle Size/Format: 250ML/500ML/1500ML/Clear/Cap Pour-Spout Insert Price: $26.00/500ML bottle Nose: 1 out of 3 – Soft aromas of freshly harvested olives, green grass, herbaceous Fruitiness: 2 out of 3 – Lots of green flavors like crisp pears, freshly cut grass, herbaceous vegetables and fresh olives Bitterness: 2.2 out of 3 – A good dose of bitterness, due […]

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OF3 – Olio Nuovo Tasting with Calivirgin – from Lodi CA

Tasting Calivirgin’s 2015 Olio Nuovo – from Lodi California In this episode of the Olive Fantastic Video Blog, I’m tasting Olio Nuovo from the Coldani Family, located in Lodi California. Name: Calivirgin Olio Nuovo Variety/Blend: Arbequina primarily, with pollinators of Arbosana and Koroneiki Date Harvested: Late November 2015 Bottle Size/Format: 500ML/Clear/Push Pour Spout Price: $32.00/bottle Nose: 2 out of 3 – Nice aromas of freshly harvested olives, ripe apples and almonds Fruitiness: 2.5 out of 3 – Great flavors of freshly harvested olives, buttery on the front with a herbaceous finish, and ripe green […]

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OF2 – Tasting: Olio Nuovo, Nuevo, Novello – Intro – Want me to feature yours?

I’ll be doing one of my favorite things: Tasting & Featuring Olio Nuovos over the next few episodes – Here is my Intro Video In this episode of the OF video blog, I introduce the next few videos I’ll be posting – a series where I’ll be tasting and analyzing Olio Nuovos focusing on education of the oils and awareness.  Also called Olio Nuevo and Olio Novello, which all translate to “new oil.”  This oil is super special, because it’s extra virgin olive oil that has just been made, literally fresh off the […]

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Cooking with EVOO: Olive Oil Equivalents to Butter

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My family cooks everything using extra virgin olive oil. Olive Oil cooking equivalents to butter (dang, I know butter tastes pretty awesome, but it can be replaced in all cases by extra virgin olive oil!) – just try it, trust me, your body will appreciate it! 1 tsp of butter = 3/4 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1Tbsp of butter = 2 1/4 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup of butter = 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup of butter = 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 cup of […]

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Olio Nuovo – It’s “New Oil” Season in California!

This is the best time of the year to experience FRESH extra virgin olive oil! – OLIO NUOVO (October – January) This is the best time of year to purchase extra virgin olive oil in California, because we are in the middle of harvest, and the oil is FRESH and bursting with flavor!  Literally just pouring off the polishers (pictured below).  Extra Virgin Olive Oil is best in flavor, best for you, rich and thick when…. FRESH! Experience it for yourself by purchasing a fresh bottle of extra virgin olive […]

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