SJV Olive Oil Competition

 

2018 Winners Announced For San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition 

A total of 66 entries were received; competition showed an increase in number of EVOO entries 

After extensive judging of quality California-produced olive oils, The Big Fresno Fair announced on May 2, the winners of the 4th Annual San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition (SJVOOC). This competition, open to all olive oil producers in the State of California with products made from their 2017 olive harvest, received a total of 66 entries from 22 different olive oil producers. 

Entries were received in two divisions, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Flavored Olive Oil, with 10 classes in total, including the new Pepper Flavored Olive Oil class added this year. Gold and Silver Medals were awarded, as well as an overall “Best of Show” selected from all of the highest scoring gold medal entries in both classes. In total there were 48 EVOO and 18 Flavored Olive Oil entries that were entered for judging. The competition had five new producers who had previously never entered, one of which was the “Best of Show” EVOO winner. Congratulations to all of the 2018 San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition winners, which are listed below:

Best of Show

Olivaia’s Olivaia Ola (Lindsay)
Enzo Olive Oil’s Fresno Chili (Clovis)

 

Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOO)
Gold Medal Winners

Spanish Blends

Olivaia’s Olivaia Ola (Lindsay)
Olive Crush Farms’ California Arbequina (Valley Springs)

Spanish Singles
Organic Roots Olive Oil’s Organic Arbosana Olive Oil (Maxwell)
Corto Olive Oil Company’s Arbequina (Stockton)
The Olive Press’ Picual EVOO (Sonoma)
Calivirgin-Coldani Olive Ranch’s Calivirgin Premium EVOO (Lodi)
Enzo Olive Oil’s Delicate (Clovis)

Italian Blends
The Olive Press’ Lunigiana Organic EVOO (Sonoma)
Lindsay’s Robust California EVOO (Walnut Creek)
San Miguel Olive Farm’s Tuscan Gold Eleganza (San Miguel)
San Miguel Olive Farm’s Tuscan Gold Nectar (San Miguel)
San Miguel Olive Farm’s Tuscan Gold Pristine (San Miguel)
San Miguel Olive Farm’s Tuscan Gold Supremo (San Miguel) 

Italian Singles
Calivirgin-Coldani Olive Ranch’s Lodi Olive Oil Frantoio by Calivirgin (Lodi)
Winter Creek Olive Oil’s Winter Creek Frantoio (Valley Springs) 

Other Singles
Organic Roots Olive Oil’s Organic Koroneiki Olive Oil (Maxwell)
Enzo Olive Oil’s Bold (Clovis)
Mangini Ranch Olive Oil Company’s Mangini Ranch Mission (Wallace)
Bamford Family Farms’ Bamford Family Farms Mission (Oroville) 

Silver Medal Winners

Spanish Blends
Corto Olive Company’s Truly (Stockton)
La Panza Ranch California’s Outlaw Blend (Santa Margarita)
Lindsay’s Buttery California EVOO (Walnut Creek)

Spanish Singles
Coppetti Olive Oil’s Copetti Estate Olive Oil Fall Harvest (Modesto)
Organic Roots Olive Oil’s Arbequina Olive Oil (Maxwell)
Corto Olive Company’s Arbosana (Stockton)
The Olive Press’ Arbosana EVOO (Sonoma)
The Olive Press’ Arbequina EVOO (Sonoma)
La Panza Ranch California’s Arbequina (Santa Margarita)
Enzo Olive Oil’s Medium (Clovis)
Rosenthal Olive Ranch’s Arbosana (Madera) 

Italian Blends
Alta Cresta Olive Oil’s Alta Cresta Tuscan Blend (Paso Robles)
Scarlata Farms Olive Oil’s Scarlata Farms Reserve (Tracy)
Winter Creek Olive Oil’s Ruscello D’Inverno (Valley Springs)   

Italian Singles
Alta Cresta Olive Oil’s Alta Cresta Coratina (Paso Robles)
Calivirgin-Coldani Olive Ranch’s Lodi Olive Oil Ascolano by Calivirgin (Lodi)
Wild Groves’ Ascolano (Newcastle)  

Other Blends
Wild Groves’ Robust Blend (Newscastle)   

Other Singles
Corto Olive Co.’s Koroneiki (Stockton)
Oils of Paicines’ Mission (Paicines) 

 

Flavored Olive Oils
Gold Medal Winners

Citrus
The Olive Press’ Limonato (Sonoma) 

Pepper Flavored Oils
Enzo Olive Oil’s Fresno Chili (Clovis)
The Olive Press’ Jalapeno Olive Oil (Sonoma)
Calivirgin-Coldani Olive Ranch’s Calivirgin Jalapeno Garlic Olive Oil (Lodi)
Calivirgin-Coldani Olive Ranch’ Calivirgin Extreme Heat Habanero (Lodi)
Calivirgin-Coldani Olive Ranch’s Calivirgin Hot Virgin Jalapeno (Lodi) 

Silver Medal Winners
Citrus
Calivirgin-Coldani Olive Ranch’s Calivirgin Blood Orange Olive Oil (Lodi)
Calivirgin-Coldani Olive Ranch’s Calivirgin Lusty Lemon Olive Oil (Lodi)

Herbal
Bamford Family Farms’ Basil (Oroville)
Calivirgin-Coldani Olive Ranch’s Calivirgin Bountiful Basil Olive Oil (Lodi)

Other Flavors
Calivirgin-Coldani Olive Ranch’s Calivirgin White Truffle Olive Oil (Lodi)
Enzo Olive Oil’s Garlic Infused (Clovis) 

 

“The quality of entries into the San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition continues to grow each year, elevating the profile of these awards and further showcasing California’s incredible olive oil industry,” said Stacy Rianda, Deputy Manager II at The Big Fresno Fair. “To be able to showcase these olive oil producers through this competition has been rewarding and we look forward to the continued growth of the San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition next year with the addition of a new award.” 

Gold Medal and Best of Show winners will have the opportunity to have a booth in the Wells Fargo Agriculture Building on one day during a weekend at the 2018 Big Fresno Fair or have a booth at the Fair’s new Fall Wine Festival during the 2018 Big Fresno Fair on Saturday, October 13. At either location, they will have the opportunity to display and sell their award-winning product. Additionally, educational information will be set up so that Fairgoers can learn more about the art of making olive oil, its health benefits, recipes and more. 

Participants in the 2018 SJVOOC had the opportunity to submit multiple entries under one category, but could not submit a particular entry to more than one category. For each entry, producers had to submit two, 250 ml bottles of their olive oil with retail labels and a $60 non-refundable fee, per entry. Additionally, each entry had to be available for commercial sale at the time of submittal. Submissions were accepted from March 1 through April 18. All submissions were evaluated and scored on the following criteria: 

  • Gold Medal: Awarded to an olive oil that demonstrated its type and/or varietal character, balance, structure and complexities to the highest standards. Gold Medals were awarded to those oils receiving scores between 86 - 100 points.
  • Silver Medal: Awarded to an olive oil reflecting the correct distribution of balance and character of its type or variety; an oil deemed to be well crafted and of excellent quality. Silver Medals were awarded to those oils receiving scores between 76 - 85 points.
  • Best of Show: Awarded to an olive oil recognized to possess special characteristics of the highest quality overall.  
In 2019, the SJVOOC will add a “Best of the Valley Award” for olive oil producers located in the Bakersfield to Sacramento footprint.  Details on next year's awards, including the 2019 SJVOOC entry application will be posted in February 2019. 
 
Click the hyperlink to access the 2018 SJVOOC rules