May 2021

 

We are in full-on olive blossom set! Olive pollen everywhere. The Pendolino trees are doing their job of pollinating all the other olives. The Suisun wind is helping move the pollen around the Grove.

 This year looks like it will be a good year for production.  Given that last year was so poor for everyone, this is a very welcome sign for our milling community this Fall. The blossoms are covering the ground and the little olives are beginning to set. A very exciting time in the Grove.

 

 

IN THE NEWS

IL Fiorello hosted Tom Wilmer, NPR correspondent and host of Journeys of Discovery. We had a delightful afternoon talking and tasting all things olive. You can hear our interview at KCBX.org.

We also hosted writers from South Carolina, Los Angeles, and our own Suisun Valley for a tasting of oils and an educational session on how to make good olive oil. New friends with a new appreciation of an ancient product.

https://www.kcbx.org/post/journeys-discovery-organic-paradise-il-fiorello-olive-oil-company-suisun-valley#stream/0

 

 

LAVENDER WEEKEND

We will host the Fifth Annual Lavender Weekend at IL Fiorello. June 11, 12, 13. Co-Hosted with Denise Revel, Girl on the Hill. We will have many lavender products, lots of lavender food, and lots of lavender blooms.

 

     LAVENDER CLASSES

Classes and fun events for families. We will hold our gracious and spacious classes in the “Tent in the Olive Grove”.

A special presentation by Extension Professor Eric Mussen on Honey Bees, Pollination and the importance of bees in California agriculture. We will donate the proceeds from his presentation to the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center.

 

     LAVENDER POPCORN

Have you ever tried popcorn with our Lavender-Pepper Rub? Delicious beyond description.

 

     LAVENDER WREATH MAKING

With Denise Revel, Girl on the Hill, wreath maker extraordinaire! Last year, her classes were full.

 

 

  LAVENDER LUNCHEON

Oh the scent of lavender and lunch at IL Fiorello! Make sure you reserve a luncheon either before or after your classes.

 

 LAVENDER BLACKBERRY BALSAMIC VINEGAR REDUCTION

A special balsamic just for lavender weekend.

Pair this with fresh blackberries and mascarpone crème.

     

 

LAVENDER – SWEET AND SAVORY CLASS

The sweet and the savory culinary uses of Lavender. Scones, drinks, appetizers, and recipes.   Denise and Ann with Chef Isaiah have lots of delicious tastes and treats planned for your enjoyment.

 

Please look at our web site for all the classes for kids, adults, and fans of all things lavender.

Check out our YouTube channel for all the videos from last year’s event.

 Sign up early and reserve your lunch at the same time.

 

 

NEWS OF THE MILL

Our new Centrifuge installation is happening very soon. We will begin tours in June so everyone can see how we are improving our mill. We are also putting in a new crusher that will be much easier to clean!!!  I could only hope, as cleaning is such an important but time consuming part of milling.

 

 

ON THE OLIVE RESEARCH FRONT

Selina Wang PhD, Research Director at the UC Davis Olive Center and a Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Food Science and Technology, recently received the Olive Wellness Institute’s inaugural award for achievement in olive science research. She is a fantastic researcher, congratulations well deserved.

Researcher Maria Luisa Astolfi from Spaienza University in Rome, Italy, with her colleagues have studied a more accurate method for determining the provenance of olive oil and understanding its components. This new method may also help crackdown on counterfeit and extra virgin olive oil adulteration. This may also lead to the ability to detect where the olive oil originated.

Remember that Extra Virgin Olive Oil is nothing but olives, no additives, no garlic, or no rosemary. When you are cooking put your herbs in fresh from the garden.

 

 

ON THE BUSINESS FRONT

It is with high hopes that we can soon begin our comparative olive oil tasting.

As California begins to open up once again, safety is our priority for guests and staff, while being able to experience our beautiful Olive Farm.

We also have jobs available at IL Fiorello, call us for opportunities.

We cannot wait to host you in person at IL Fiorello.

 

Ciao,

Ann

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Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company
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Town Traveller
Town Traveller
00:35 10 Feb 20
Friendly crew, amazing olive oils and delicious gelato
Joshua L. Tryban
Joshua L. Tryban
05:19 15 Oct 19
A nice balanced break from the wine tasting nearby. Come in the fall to see the mill working.
Tiina Lusi
Tiina Lusi
21:12 18 Sep 19
When most people go to Napa, you think of wine, but honestly, I'm so glad I did some more research and came across this hidden gem! It was an amazing experience, from the tour, to the videos of the milling process, the various produce and gardens they have, the oil tasting with and without food, it was amazing. Really makes you learn a new side of olive oil, how to appreciate it more and pair it/prepare with it accordingly. I really appreciated the personal tour from Ann, you could see and feel her passion for this journey and when you have someone like that in this position, it shines through to their team and products. Cheers to Ann and her husband Mark, along with their team, for creating an amazing place here. It was unforgettable and we are looking forward to ordering olive oil online (we couldn't bring it on to the plane, so ordering online is the next best thing!)
Zack Gallinger-Long
Zack Gallinger-Long
23:44 07 Jul 19
We learned so much about olive oil! The tasting flight was very eye opening and a lot of fun to do with friends. We were on vacation and had a great time when we stopped in here. I wish we had a place like this where we live.
Sharman Bruni
Sharman Bruni
16:22 02 Jun 19
First, I want to say that they have amazing employees, they are so warm and informative! I'm very glad I came here for my first olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting. The food pairing was a wonderful surprise and the gelato was delicious, unexpectedly with the olive oil on top. Seeing the plants and nature in the back was very therapeutic. I can't wait to come here again.
Caitlin Dinn
Caitlin Dinn
00:45 28 Apr 19
You definitely don't want to miss this hidden gem!!! My friends and I were lucky enough to receive a tour of the grounds from Mary, who is extremely knowledgeable of the entire olive oil industry and organic farming. It's absolutely incredible, everything served to us is made directly from their farm. Nothing goes to waste, from the skin of the olives to the food they feed to their chickens. It's truly something you don't see anymore!! Next, we had an unbelievable tasting with Gabe, who made the tasting a blast! Even if you've done an olive tasting before, this is a completely new experience. Come to find out, I have never bought REAL extra virgin olive oil!! From the minute you step in, you feel welcomed by the entire staff. You could spend the entire relaxing and playing games in the back terrace enjoying a glass or wine or beer (YES, THEY HAVE BEER!!) Truly not to be missed and is a great get away from the typical wine tour. Thanks again for welcoming us in!!
Joni Howell
Joni Howell
23:13 01 Mar 19
Had a wonderful time and was extremely informative! Their little shop let's you bring some goodies home with you.
Dmitriy
Dmitriy
21:44 31 Dec 18
We neglected to book in advance, but they were able to accommodate us for a tour and tasting on short notice. It was a delightful tour, with two hours of personal service for our group of three -- a great value for the price. I think they lose money on the tours and make it back at the gift shop.
Next Reviews

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Custom Milling

Bring us your olives to be crushed in our state of the art Italian mill.

read more...

Tastings

Taste extra virgin and co-milled flavored olive oils.

read more...

Il Fiorello Blog

Keeping you up to date on all things olive and olive oil.

read more...

Google Reviews

Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company
4.7
Based on 51 reviews
powered by Google
Town Traveller
Town Traveller
00:35 10 Feb 20
Friendly crew, amazing olive oils and delicious gelato
Joshua L. Tryban
Joshua L. Tryban
05:19 15 Oct 19
A nice balanced break from the wine tasting nearby. Come in the fall to see the mill working.
Tiina Lusi
Tiina Lusi
21:12 18 Sep 19
When most people go to Napa, you think of wine, but honestly, I'm so glad I did some more research and came across this hidden gem! It was an amazing experience, from the tour, to the videos of the milling process, the various produce and gardens they have, the oil tasting with and without food, it was amazing. Really makes you learn a new side of olive oil, how to appreciate it more and pair it/prepare with it accordingly. I really appreciated the personal tour from Ann, you could see and feel her passion for this journey and when you have someone like that in this position, it shines through to their team and products. Cheers to Ann and her husband Mark, along with their team, for creating an amazing place here. It was unforgettable and we are looking forward to ordering olive oil online (we couldn't bring it on to the plane, so ordering online is the next best thing!)
Zack Gallinger-Long
Zack Gallinger-Long
23:44 07 Jul 19
We learned so much about olive oil! The tasting flight was very eye opening and a lot of fun to do with friends. We were on vacation and had a great time when we stopped in here. I wish we had a place like this where we live.
Sharman Bruni
Sharman Bruni
16:22 02 Jun 19
First, I want to say that they have amazing employees, they are so warm and informative! I'm very glad I came here for my first olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting. The food pairing was a wonderful surprise and the gelato was delicious, unexpectedly with the olive oil on top. Seeing the plants and nature in the back was very therapeutic. I can't wait to come here again.
Caitlin Dinn
Caitlin Dinn
00:45 28 Apr 19
You definitely don't want to miss this hidden gem!!! My friends and I were lucky enough to receive a tour of the grounds from Mary, who is extremely knowledgeable of the entire olive oil industry and organic farming. It's absolutely incredible, everything served to us is made directly from their farm. Nothing goes to waste, from the skin of the olives to the food they feed to their chickens. It's truly something you don't see anymore!! Next, we had an unbelievable tasting with Gabe, who made the tasting a blast! Even if you've done an olive tasting before, this is a completely new experience. Come to find out, I have never bought REAL extra virgin olive oil!! From the minute you step in, you feel welcomed by the entire staff. You could spend the entire relaxing and playing games in the back terrace enjoying a glass or wine or beer (YES, THEY HAVE BEER!!) Truly not to be missed and is a great get away from the typical wine tour. Thanks again for welcoming us in!!
Joni Howell
Joni Howell
23:13 01 Mar 19
Had a wonderful time and was extremely informative! Their little shop let's you bring some goodies home with you.
Dmitriy
Dmitriy
21:44 31 Dec 18
We neglected to book in advance, but they were able to accommodate us for a tour and tasting on short notice. It was a delightful tour, with two hours of personal service for our group of three -- a great value for the price. I think they lose money on the tours and make it back at the gift shop.
Next Reviews