Olive Oil Tasting
While the vineyards and wineries get all the attention, olive oil production is quietly booming in Napa and Sonoma. And just like the grapes, these green and black fruits flourish in the warm Mediterranean climate in these valleys. More than 150 producers now operate in the wine country, offering different styles, blends, and pressings, in colors ranging from dark green to golden. Refine your palate to the flavors of these rich oils—from grassy to peppery to buttery—and imagine all the culinary possibilities. Tour through the rocky olive groves, then sample estate oils with artisan bread, cheese, and organic produce at Round Pond in Rutherford. Sip a sample of the famed Prato Lungo olive oil at Long Meadow Ranch, America’s first combined winery and olive oil producer. Pack your appetite and get a taste of the wine country’s sleeper success.
Soon after Napa Valley grapes are harvested, it's time to pick the olives. Although Napa Valley is known for its grapevines, it's also full of olive trees. The climate is perfect for the long-lasting trees, and they keep their leaves during the winter to provide color as well. Many wineries in Napa Valley also maintain olive trees, either a few as landscaping, or whole orchards.
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Wine Country, California