It all began with a telephone call from Sister Gervaise of San Domenico School, but the story is too long to tell here—ask Nancy about it some time.
Nancy, an early member of the Northern California Olive Oil Council (which preceded the COOC) was invited to join the inaugural Taste Panel for the California Olive Oil Council in 1998. She has continued to serve on the COOC panel as well as having tasted for the UC Davis Taste Panel and Paul Vossen’s UC Extension Research Panel. She is also a judge for many of the olive oil competitions in California and in 2016 and 2017 was a judge for OliveJapan.
Our first olive trees were planted in 1998 within the Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, a project with winemaker, Steve MacRostie. Following sustainable farming practices, we share this beautiful property with lots of creatures—bobcats, coyotes, badgers, foxes and many types of owls and other raptors that help to keep the rodent population under control. The olive oil venture is truly artisanal and is a labor of love for us as we do all of the pruning, irrigating, bottling and marketing ourselves. A crew of friends and a little paid labor help with the harvest which is why our business will stay small, averaging between 80 and 150 gallons of oil per year.