Note from Peggy

July 17, 2012

I have a mentor and good friend who taught me about front loading.  Front loading is work with no visible return…just keep pushing up the mountain, he would say, and soon you will reach the peak and begin your descent.   He assured me that it would be well worth it.  I’ve drawn strength from these […]

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Truly Luminous: The Importance of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

July 15, 2012

“This buzz that is happening is real,” said Mike Bradley, an Oakland-based importer of high quality olive oils from around the world. Mike was talking about a growing consumer interest in olive oil, and a growing public awareness of the difference between the stale oils that line the supermarket shelves and the fresh, flavorful oils […]

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Happy Earth Day – Harvest 2011/2012 Release

April 19, 2012

As many of you know, the olive harvest in California was off by more then 30%. Although our harvest was down significantly, we’d like to honor Mother Earth on her day by celebrating what she did give us! The only property that we could harvest this year was Twin Sisters in the Suisun Valley. This […]

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A New Harvest from the Talcotts

January 31, 2012

The whirlwind of December’s olive harvest is done, and now all that’s left to do is wait. We wait while our new crop of olive oils takes a breather. They need this time — usually a couple of months after they been pressed — to rest. The natural olive sediment settles out, leaving a clearer, […]

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Rutherford Runway

December 15, 2011

The only sign that David Moreland’s land used to be part of an airfield is the modest hangar nearby. Otherwise, you probably would have no idea that this property off Whitehall Lane – now replete with olive trees and grapevines – was once part of the Inglenook Ranch airstrip, which shuttled winemakers in and out […]

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Harvest – Husic

November 30, 2011
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Never Say Never

November 18, 2011

For those of you who followed our journey in Italy, you will remember the crazy Italian glass distributor that I met in Certaldo. Well, for months after my return to the States, Mr. Cervantes and I tried to work together to import the 100ml bottle that stole my heart. Time passed, things got busier and […]

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How To Taste Olive Oil

November 11, 2011

I was planning on writing a post on tasting olive oil until I came across this article written by a very respectable individual in our industry, Nancy Ash. It was written for another entity that I also have great respect for…The Olive Oil Source. When I read the article, I realized that I really couldn’t […]

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Cucumber, Arugula, and Red Onion Salad with Goat Cheese Toasts

September 27, 2011

Cucumber, Arugula, and Red Onion Salad With Goat Cheese Toasts Taken from: Fresh From The Farmer’s Market By Janet Fletcher 1 Baguette 1 TBS plus 1 tsp St. Helena Olive Oil Co. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (we used our Blade Press!) 3 Ounces Fresh Goat Cheese in One Piece For The Salad: 3/4 Pound Japanese […]

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Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar

September 8, 2011

I’ll never forget the tasting that my sister and I worked at Vintage 1870…now V Marketplace in Yountville. It must have been in 1995. It was not the first time that I tried to sell my wares in my hometown. The previous venue was years before…I believe I was around 10 years old when I […]

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