Order before our inventory is gone, and we’ll store it for you!

As our inventory begins to wind down while our grove is leased, I want you to be able to stock up on D’Oliva before we run out. I am now taking orders for future deliveries. Secure your order and we will ship it to you when you’re ready!

The advantage is your oil will be stored in our temperature controlled room until you want it delivered or picked up.  We will do this through June 2018, with delivery options early each month.

Here are a few details:

*Place an order on our website specifying pick-up location or shipment option.

*Under Order Notes, indicate which month you’d like to pick up or have the oil shipped to you.

*If you would like more than one pick up or ship date, each order should be placed separately.

We will pull your order out of inventory immediately and prepare it for your requested date. And you are always welcome to customize your request by contacting us.

Let me know if you have any questions.

I am grateful for the support and encouragement we receive from folks who love our olive oil! It’s rewarding when hard work results in a great product that people enjoy and appreciate.

Gold Medals, Updates, and Festivals

Hopefully by now you have heard about our Gold Medal!  Yes, we won one of the Gold Medals of all Gold Medals from the Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition!! Feeling pretty excited about that one!

And you have hopefully heard about the big changes at D’Oliva (as in the grove is leased out to some really special folks for the next two years). So why should these two big news happenings matter right now?

Because the gold medal made D’Oliva Olive Oil that much more popular, and leasing the olive grove means our inventory is going to be much smaller for the next two years (pretty much nothing being sold to the public). You should order your supply of oil before we run out!

Also, the Mission San Jose Olive Festival is coming up on October 7-8, and this is our strongest festival of the year. If you live in the Bay Area, please come out to see us! It’s a fun festival and we would love to say hello. 

If you live locally and need a last minute gift, Gourmet Works in downtown Pleasanton is now carrying our 250 ML bottle. Drop by and let them know we sent you! 

Remember, you can order your D’Oliva Olive Oil here! We have pick-ups in Pleasanton (at the Hopyard Village) or Livermore (near Campo d’Bocce), or we ship anywhere in the US.

Thanks for your support!

Big Changes for D’Oliva

Change has come for D’Oliva Olive Oil, and I wanted our loyal customers to hear the news.

Eight years ago we planted the first olive trees in the D’Oliva grove. They were tiny one-gallon specimens that have grown fast and today are 8-10 feet tall with trunks at least six inches thick. They have produced a delicious olive oil, as evidenced by multiple gold and silver medals!

This success is the result of a lot of hard work. Long summer days fighting the olive fruit fly, dusty days mowing the weeds, and some new challenge always around the corner. In other words, real farming!  It is the honest effort of working the soil and producing a great product.

And I have loved it! I’m a gardener at heart and a lover of fresh food, so the whole experience has been incredible.

Still, the time has come for a break. Not a complete exit from the business, I’m not ready for that! The physical challenge of farming does take a toll.  Plus, the need to always be present creates conflicts when married to a husband who loves to travel!

In late 2016 I hired an olive oil consultant, Kathryn Tomajan, for a few hours to continue the improvement of our oil. In the course of our meeting we established a friendship, and I found out Kathryn had a strong interest in someday having her own small olive grove.

One thing led to another, and now Kathryn leases the grove! She and her partner Robin Sloan plan to continue the same hands on care of the trees with the same goal of producing the best extra virgin olive oil possible. Her background in the business will be a huge benefit, and I fully expect the awards to keep coming to our little grove.

D’Oliva will continue to operate as usual this year. We have a large inventory from our 2016 harvest, and we will get a small amount of the 2017 and 2018 harvests from Kathryn.

But here’s the thing – our inventory is now quite limited and will sell out fast. If you want the original D’Oliva, hand grown by me, I hope you will place an order before it’s gone. This is your chance to have our most highly honored oil ever on your kitchen shelf!

Thank you for being a loyal customer. Many of you are dear friends who helped plant, weed, harvest, sort, and bottle! These two years will go by fast, so I’m hoping for your continued support.

Thank you for everything.  With my love and gratitude,

D’Aun

Back when the trees were just being planted!

 

Me and Kathryn.

 

The trees today.

How D’Oliva Makes Great Olive Oil

Our customers love to know about the olive oil process and ask great questions. So we thought you might like to know what steps D’Oliva takes to make sure our oil is fresh when it arrives on your table. Here are just a few things we do to deliver the best oil possible.

Several weeks before harvest, we shut off the irrigation. Excessive water in the olives can cause increased oxidation in the fruit. Oxidation is an enemy to fruit and especially olives.

Prevention of pests throughout the season (our nemesis…the olive fruit fly!) makes a huge difference in the quality of fruit. And harvesting by hand results in minimal damage to the skin of the olive. We take this beautiful fruit to the olive mill, getting it there as soon as possible, before it has time to start breaking down.

Once the oil is milled, it racks for a few months, allowing the sediment to settle out of the oil. Racking allows for a clean oil before bottling, which will store much longer on your shelf.

We store our oil in stainless steel Fustis before bottling into dark amber bottles. In addition to oxidation, light can quickly break down oil quality.

Lastly, our oil stays in a temperature controlled storage room until you pick it up or it is boxed and shipped. This makes a huge difference in how long our oil will stay fresh.
Our next blog post will share best practices in storing and using your olive oil at home.

This year we’re offering our bulk sale earlier than ever! Take advantage while we still have an abundant supply by ordering here.

Warm regards,

D’Aun
PS Below you’ll find pictures of our newest orchard addition Sammie during harvest! Plus fresh oil pouring into a Fusti, and the first shipments of oil ready to go!

Goble Ranch Honey

IMG_2901About a year ago, a bee keeper approached us about keeping their bees at our Ranch. These are traveling bees that have quite an annual schedule. They go from North Dakota during late summer to pollinate clover fields, to our place in Sunol during the winter, to the Fresno area where they pollinate almond trees, then back to Sunol in late spring where they feed on the eucalyptus trees, olive trees and wildflowers.

We just received our first batch of Goble Ranch produced honey and it is absolutely yummy! I am not an expert on honey, but never expected Eucalyptus/Olive/Wildflower honey to be so flavorful yet mild. After several days of sticky bottling, we have bottles all ready to go!
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For a limited time, purchase two 500 ML bottles of olive oil and we will include a free 12 oz jar of Goble Ranch Honey PLUS a free bar of our Lavender Olive Oil Soap!! If you prefer to order our oil in different sized bottles, just order $50 or more of D’Oliva oil and you’ll receive the same great bonus.

To get this great deal, on the checkout page enter SWEETDEAL in the Order Notes box.

 

California Grown!

D’Oliva Olive Oil recently joined California Grown, which connects Californians with the farmers who grow and produce their food. We have always loved connecting with the people who use our oil because it allows us to share the value of extra virgin olive oil. Farmers have a lot of stories to tell and want to share them so you can really understand where your food comes from.

It goes beyond telling stories, though. We love hearing from people who use our olive oil! It’s great to learn about new recipes, hear reactions to the taste, or find out how much somebody enjoyed receiving D’Oliva as a gift. Those stories help us create a better oil.

If you have a suggestion for D’Oliva, or maybe a story to share, please let us know! We’d love to hear from you and find out what makes our oil special to you.

Spring in the Olive Grove

Spring is always my favorite time of year in the olive grove! After some great soaking rains this past winter, it’s my chance to get out there, clean up the grounds, and get an idea of what to expect for the coming harvest season.

Lots of blooms on the trees!

This past week I had a Killdeer Plover trying to distract me away from her eggs (never could find them), did another mowing of the entire field, found an empty nest that had fallen out of one of our trees, and checked for bloom on the trees. Based on what I could see, if most of these blooms set we will have another great harvest this Fall.

It takes a year of careful management to achieve our goal of beautiful ripe olives in the Fall. Assessing water needs, keeping weeds under control, fertilizing, doing soils and leaf tissue analysis…..these are just a sample of what we can do to help the end result.

We tend our trees and make our olive oil with great care. If you don’t have plenty in your cupboard to get through a bountiful summer, be sure to order yours now.

You can order here on our website and have the oil shipped, or you can pick it up at one of our two locations in Pleasanton (upstairs in the Hopyard Village) or Livermore (near Campo di Bocce).

Thank you for supporting us!

Mother’s Day Gift Specials

Mother’s Day is May 8th and we have some great gift ideas for that special Mom in your life! Forgo the typical flowers and candy and give her something thoughtful and original this year.

We have several new Italian made olive wood pieces that pair nicely with our award winning Olive Oil and (now two!) olive oil soaps. Add in a pack of our very own sunflower seeds, and your gift giving is complete!

Choose from three Gift Set options (pictures and links below). Each has a special Mother’s Day price.

Place your order before the end of Monday, May 2nd for this special pricing and Mother’s Day delivery.

Order early because quantities of each set are limited.

We can ship your gift, or we have pick up locations in Pleasanton and Livermore.

Thank you, and Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there!

 

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Small Olive Wood Bowl Gift Set

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Medium Olive Wood Cutting Board Gift Set

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Olive Wood Spatula Gift Set

Olive Oil Prices in Europe Rose 20% in 2015

A long drought combined with disease has had a big impact on the olive harvests in Europe, and prices of olive oil rose 20% in 2015. The International Olive Council said production dropped by one third!

While we sympathize with our friends in Europe, we’re glad to say that D’Oliva has been able to reduce our prices this year! Our last harvest was by far our largest yet, and the quality remains excellent. 

That’s good news for you! Our signature 500 ML bottle is priced at $25 (down from $29 last year). Plus we have several more affordable options if you want to buy a smaller amount.

You can order here on our website and have the oil shipped, or you can pick it up at one of our two locations in Pleasanton (upstairs in the Hopyard Village) or Livermore (near Campo di Bocce).

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How To Taste Olive Oil

We’re always being asked great questions from people wanting to learn more about Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The California Olive Oil Council released a great (short) video series about olive oil. I’ve attached a link to one about sensory evaluation you might find helpful as you taste olive oil.

If your stock of D’Oliva is getting low, haven’t tried our oil yet, or want to give a great gift, you can order here on our website. You can have the oil shipped, or you can pick it up at one of our two locations in Pleasanton (upstairs in the Hopyard Village) or Livermore (near Campo di Bocce).

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