Top 6 Gourmet Olive Oils from California
Of all the olive oil produced in the United States, California produces 99 percent. In fact, California Extra Virgin Olive Oil is one of California’s fastest growing agricultural industries. At the California State Fair, they celebrated and honored this product with its first ever EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL COMPETITION.
The competition was held at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand Clubhouse with distinguished judges and experts analyzing and evaluating the best olive oils from the Golden State. Extra Virgin Olive Oils in more than 15 different classes and divisions, including blends and flavored Olive Oils were judged during the competition. Each California extra virgin olive oil was judged numerically, with 100 being a perfect score.
The judges were well suited for the task. For example, one judge was Orietta Gianjorio, of ORIETTA Gourmet Tastings. Orietta is a certified Sommelier with 12 years experience and a certificate of Olive Oil Taster with 6 years experience. She tastes OLIVE OIL for the California Olive Oil Council, WINE for the Applied Sensory Panel, HONEY for the Mondavi Center and VEGETABLES and FRUIT for Sumner Analytic. In addition, she also tastes CHOCOLATE for the Mars UC Davis Chocolate Taste Panel.
Here are some of the Gold Medal, Best of Show, and Best of Class Winners: