Wednesday, June 18, 2008

LA International olive oil competition

Wine and spirits weren't the only things judged at the annual Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits event. Top-grade olive oils also were in competition for honors.

"Special Awards," the highest given in the test, went to:

• Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Domestic-Delicate: The Olive Press, Sevillano, Butte County
• Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Domestic-Medium: Apollo Olive Oil, Sacramento Valley, Mistral Organic, Yuba County
• Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Domestic-Robust: Calolea, Mission, Early Harvest, Yuba County
• Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil, International-Delicate: Hacienda Iber, Spain - North, Arag√≥n
• Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil, International-Medium: Azienda Agricola Librandi, Italy - South, Calabria
• Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil, International-Robust: Il Casalone, Italy - Central, Toscana
• Best Flavored Olive Oil: Olivas de Oro, Rosemary, Central Coast

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