Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Olive Press

Over the Thanksgiving weekend we took a quick trip to North Bay (north of San Francisco, about seventy miles from where we live). We stayed in Marin County, and drove around for couple of days and visited sites in Sonoma and Napa counties. Olive Press is an olive producer in Sonoma. Their tasting room is in an Italian stone building on the side of a country road.

There are olive trees in the front yard.

A stone olive press in front of the building.

They had quite a few kinds of olive and olive oil for tasting. There is a large window in the tasting room where you can see part of the olive oil production, while a video showing the oil pressing process. A group of 10 can request a tour of the facility. The olive harvest season is October to January. Their olives come from within three hours drive, and are pressed within 24 hours of harvesting. A nice courtyard for picnic. It was a cold and gloomy day and we already had plans for lunch, otherwise this would be such a nice lunch spot.

Large water fountain behind the building. Beyond that is acres of vineyard, which is the mainstay of the region. I suspect the vineyard supports the olive oil business, but I hope one day things will turn the other way, or at least even out a bit.

We discovered this storage room with barrels of wine lining the walls. Marble sculptures of half nudes guard the entrance. Must be an interesting story how they got here.


Karin said...

Ok just about every single time I read a blog post by you I get so weirded out by the similarities we share.
This time: my husband said out of the blue the other day, "maybe we should move to (Northern) California". He did say Northern, but why pick that state? Out of the total blue?? Because they have beautiful places like the one you are writing about. That's why.
Then: We just discovered Boston Legal. Actually watched the two shows Monday night, only to find out that the show is being cancelled. So strange! (But we are not affluent by any means...)

But I want to say that Marie Antoinette was so far removed from the plight of her subjects it never occurs to her that they don't HAVE bread. She thinks they should just eat cake, instead...but of course they don't have anything to eat at all...
I do like Sofia Coppola's movies a lot.

Fae said...

I toured an olive pressing facility in Tuscany. It would be fun to go to one here in CA too.

Paula said...

Wow that is a amazing place to visit! I love places like that!

dogquilter said...

Looks like fun!

Lynn said...

I have in-laws that live out in Marin County. It's gorgeous out there!!!