Terra Dolce from Lyons Georgia Awarded Gold

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Apr 112014
 
Sen. Tommie Williams, owner of Terra Dolce Farms in Lyons, Georgia.

Sen. Tommie Williams, owner of Terra Dolce Farms in Lyons, Georgia.

Lyons, Georgia is now on the map for extra virgin olive oil. Terra Dolce Farms, owned by my friend and former colleague, Senator Tommie Williams, has earned Gold this past week at the New York International Olive Oil Competition. The winning oil is from Terra Dolce’s first-ever harvest.

Many, many, many congratulations.

I had the pleasure of tasting several of Terra Dolce’s extra virgin olive oils this past winter. Tommie and his guys hand-picked small batches of different varieties over the course of several weeks, milling and testing as they went – perfecting and data collecting. I have no doubt that all Tommie’s oils in the future will be so lovingly produced.

I’m sure many of you wonder why a Georgia olive-growing farm would be named Terra Dolce. Sure, there is the nod to the Mediterranean region, but it is also a nod to a very famous food from the area, Vidalia Onions.

In 1931 farmer Moses Coleman planted a variety of typically spicy white onions. When he harvested his crop he noticed that the onions weren’t spicy at all, they were sweet. This sweetness was due to the soil present in Toombs County where both Vidalia and Lyons are located. It certainly stands to reason that if the humble onion can be transformed then why not the humble olive.

I texted my congratulations to Tommie today and learned that he is busily planting more trees. I am excited and hope to visit with him this summer in his little piece of terra dolce.

May the sun shine through your branches.

www.olivecrazy.com

Oct 042011
 

Thanks to Ric Stewart for letting me know about the “Mad About Olives“, olive recipe contest, from Relish.Com. You have through October 31st to enter your recipe and win a wonderful prize. Let me tell you what you will win – so exciting.

One lucky winner will receive:

  • A two-day bootcamp from The Culinary Institute of America in the heart of Napa Valley.
  • A three-day stay in a private cottage at the Wine Country Inn in St. Helena, California. (Olive Crazy was there this summer. St. Helena is beautiful and the St. Helena Olive Oil Company is there too.)
  • Airfare and car rental.

Here is the link to the “Mad About Olives” recipe contest rules.

Here is the link to the actual “Mad About Olives” recipe contest. Don’t forget to sign in to Relish or create a Relish account so you can enter.

If you win, please let me know. Good luck to you all.

May the sun shine through your branches.

www.olivecrazy.com

World Food Moscow Starts Today

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Sep 132011
 

Today marks the beginning of the 20th World Food Moscow Exhibit. This year the event will be held at the ZAO Expocentre (near the Vistavochnaya metro station) in Moscow, Russian Federation. 1350 food manufacturers and suppliers from 57 countries will be exhibiting their foods and food industry equipment.

Olives and olive oil vendors can be found in Pavilion 7. The countries these vendors represent are:

Spain
Tunisia
Russian Federation
Greece
Italy
Mexico
Argentina
China
Chile
Egypt

Among the events will be an extra virgin olive oil tasting contest. Unfortunately the details are in Cyrillic, which is not in my language repertoire, so I can’t tell you much about the contest. If you attend or know someone who is, I’d love the feedback.

May the sun shine through your branches.

www.olivecrazy.com

Winners of the 2011 Los Angeles Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition

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Jul 162011
 

Here are the winners of the 2011 Los Angeles Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition. If you would like to see more of the results here is the link to the website. Congratulations to you all.

2011 SPECIAL AWARDS

BEST EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL- DOMESTIC-MEDIUM
Quattro (r)
North Coast Blends – Estate Grown, Sonoma County, 2010

BEST EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL- INTERNATIONAL-DELICATE
Cobram Estate
Australia Mono Cultivar – Hojiblanca, Victoria, 2011 cobramestate.com.au

BEST EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL- INTERNATIONAL-MEDIUM
Cobram Estate
Australia Mono Cultivar – Picual, Victoria, 2011 cobramestate.com.au

BEST EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL- INTERNATIONAL-ROBUST
Oro Bailen
Spain – South Mono Cultivar, Picual, Reserva Familiar, Jaen, 2011 orobailen.com

BEST FLAVORED OLIVE OIL
Sciabica’s
Basil, Mission, California, Medium, 2011
Sciabica’s
Jalapeño, Mission, California, Medium, 2011

2011 BEST OF CLASS AWARDS

Quattro (r), Domestic – North Coast Blends – Estate Grown, Sonoma County, Medium, 2010
Fontanara – International – Italy North Blends – Veneto Valpolicella DOP, Delicate
Rosso  – International – Italy, Islands Mono Cultivar – Tonda Iblea, Sicily, Medium, 2011
Full Moon – International – Spain South Mono Cultivar, Arbequina, Extremadura, Delicate, 2011
Oro Bailen – International – Spain South Mono Cultivar, Picual, Reserva Familiar, Jaen, Robust, 2011
Marques de Griñon – International – Spain South Blends, Oleum Artis, Toledo, Medium, 2010
Misión – International – Mexico – Ascolano, Calle San Vicente, Delicate, 2011
Aura – International – Chile Blends – Edición Limitada, Curico Valley, Robust, 2010
Montefiori – International – Peru Blends – Tacna, Medium, 2011
Andante – International – South Africa Mono Cultivar – Nocellara del Belice, Western Cape, Robust, 2011
Cobram Estate – Australia Mono Cultivar – Hojiblanca, Victoria, Delicate, 2011
Cobram Estate – Australia Mono Cultivar – Picual, Victoria, Medium, 2011
Cobram Estate – Australia Blends – Light & Delicate, Victoria, Delicate, 2011
Sciabica’s – Domestic – Flavored Oils – Herb – Basil, Mission, California, Medium, 2011
Sciabica’s – Domestic – Flavored Oils – Chili – Jalapeño, Mission, California, Medium, 2011

May the sun shine through your branches.

www.olivecrazy.com

Jun 132011
 

Olive harvests in Australia have been coming in since April, with harvesting ending in July. Don’t forget folks, the Southern Hemisphere growing seasons are opposite those of the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s fresh olive and extra virgin olive oil time below the Equator.

The Adelaide Review will be hosting it’s second “Olive Harvest” taste panel for South Australian olive oil producers. The taste panel will be held in September 2011 with the results reported in The Adelaide Review’s October issue.

The panel will consist of Richard Gawel, a consultant taster and blender for a number of Australian olive oil companies; Lisa Rowntree, who has spent the past 12 years in South East Australia growing and producing extra virgin olive oil for the domestic and export markets; and Brian Miller, who has lots of experience in fine food and wine marketing and promotion.

It’s definitely time to buy some wonderful fresh extra virgin olive oil from the countries on planet Earth’s southside.

May the sun shine through your branches.

www.olivecrazy.com