Italy and Scotland Part 3

PART THREE SCOTLAND

 

MONDAY MAY 20, 2013

Again we woke up early to the sounds of the geese, dogs and doves of the castle and surrounding area. We had another lovely breakfast in the morning room, and delicious cappuccino courtesy of Pierro. With many fond goodbyes and thank yous to the family, we were on the road to Milan. What a lovely drive through the center of the Langhe made very easy by our GPS. The entire drive was punctuated by a castle on each mountain top.

Linate airport in the South area of Milan is small and very easy to find. Then on the plane to Scotland and our friends the Hoggs. The Hoggs met us at the Edinburgh airport. We were late in arriving because of a huge storm in the area and it indeed was pouring rain. Jim and Liz are special people and Callum is wonderfully healthy and happy. We had dinner and talked late into the evening. They live in a touchingly beautiful small town about ten miles from Edinburgh.

Linlithgow has a canal where you can rent a flatboat and float to Glasgow. If we had a month you can bet that we would be floating.

 

TUESDAY MAY 21

Sightseeing in Scotland. This is so lovely and restful. Finally I can read the street signs but the challenge is driving on the opposite side of the road and the steering wheel is on the right side also. Mark did a great job keeping things straight and only a few minor times did we wonder what we were doing.

We walked the dogs up to the moors and delighted at the greenness of Scotland. It was Spring again! How lucky am I to have Spring three times this year, California, Italy and now Scotland? We picked up Elisabeth at the airport. She had traveled over 5 hours just to get to the airport in Milan, then a two hour flight. We were all ready for some Scottish whiskey at that point.

 

WEDNESDAY MAY 22

We spent the day in Edinburgh walking around town seeing the castle, walking down main streets. We had Indian food for lunch and walked some more. We toured shops and walked around some of the old areas.

Everyone was excited as some member of Royalty was at their home in Edinburgh, as the Royal flag was flying. We never found out who that might be, and they did not call us for tea. Off to a pub for a pint, I had refreshingly good hard cider. My friend Laura has this as her usual afternoon spot of pick me up. Now I really know why. Then off to dinner at Café St. Honoree. This is a place that was recommended by Elisabeth’s friends from Scottish Slow Food. It is a small restaurant with great atmosphere and delicious local fresh food. Then home via train and a short walk up the hill to bed.

 

THURSDAY MAY 23

We drove from Edinburgh to Glasgow then to Taychreggan Inn near Oban on the West Coast of Scotland.

Check out their web site at www.taychregganhotel.co.uk. The road to Taychreggan is one lane with little tiny passing areas. You have to be patient and give way to oncoming cars. Everyone waves and smiles as you pass by inches. There is much to see long haired, long horned Scottish highland cows.

There are lots of white and black sheep with new babies, some with twins. I could not take enough pictures to do it justice. Just as you have had enough of the tiny road you turn into the driveway of this old drover’s inn, originally from the 18th century, to perfect peace at the side of Lock Awe. The water is crystal clear, the lake flat with the reflections of the old inns on the other side of the loch and the total silence of nature. Our rooms looked out over the lake and with wide open windows you smell forest and water.

In the common rooms tea is served every afternoon, we opted for a unique scotch as we did not have to drive anywhere. Peaty scotch with a lake view at the conclusion of a long drive is perfect.

Dinner was superb served in an impeccable dining room, kind service and extraordinary food. The Chef has a Michelin One Star Rating. All the food is local, fresh, and prepared very well. This Chef has a way of presenting food that is not overly fancy but artistic and soul satisfying. Great flavors, colors and combinations. We concluded dinner with coffee, tea, and some sweets.

 

FRIDAY MAY 24

We had a typical huge Scottish breakfast, duck eggs, sausages, bacon bread and haggis. Then off to Oban about 20 miles away. We wound our way back through the very tiny road and then directly west toward the ocean. Oban is a tiny fishing village, now packed with tourists from all over. Ferries go in and out as do tourist tours of the nearby islands. We had the obligator fish and chips but not wrapped in a newspaper as they used to do. Just a normal take away carton. Tasty but fried and a little greasy to my taste, but it did not stop us from sampling. We walked the city and watched the ferry boats go in and out. We visited the Oban distillery, took the tour and sampled the whiskey. Great tour, lots of history and information, plenty to purchase. I can highly recommend Oban.

Then back to another very special dinner at Taychreegan Inn. This time we were able to meet the Chef and applaud his talent. He really has a gift.

 

SATURDAY MAY 25

We had a late breakfast and said goodbyes to the staff with absolute promises to come back. Taychreegan is one of the perfect places in this world to rest and recover and enjoy life. I will definitely try to come back again for a much longer stay. Our friends from LA Hank and Harva are planning a visit with us next Spring. What fun!

We then drove from one side of Scotland to the other; our route takes us through the highland mountains to Inverness. The landscape took us by surprise via huge mountains with waterfalls and high mountain meadows and beautiful Lochs.

We followed the Lochs, Loch Awe, to Loch Linnhe, to Loch Lochy, to Loch Ness and Inverness. We stopped in Fort William at the top end of Lock Lochy. This is a beautiful area for fishing and boating and tourists. We visited Urquhart castle, a historic very old place on Loch Ness. We did not see the elusive Nessie, but tried hard to watch for her as we drove along the way.

We arrived at Culloden house in the late afternoon. Stunning is hardly the word, huge front lawn, long drive way and a history to the 1400’s. The Georgian Mansion was built in 1788. Please take a look at www.cullodenhouse.co.uk. As we have been involved with both Taychreggan and Culloden house for years, we were greeted with warm handshakes and Scottish hospitality. Each night the guests were piped to dinner each by a kilt clad bagpiper, very romantic. His bagpipes announce dinner and the evening activities. It made for a special introduction to the history of Culloden house and Scotland. Dinner is served by gregarious Scotsman who are always happy and make you feel very welcome even in these very formal dining rooms. I had a traditional Scottish dinner with haggis and venison and blood pudding. Mark had pigeon; a wild game bird done in a wine sauce, Elisabeth had fresh caught scallops. This was quite a lovely meal to remember. We had a wee nip of scotch before bed and slept again with windows wide open.

 

SUNDAY MAY 26

Up early to a Scottish breakfast with farm fresh eggs and local sausage, toast always on the table for jams and sweet cream butter. Great coffee and teas. We took a walk in the walled garden of Culloden, five acres of manicured flowers and trees. After having spring in California, we had another two weeks of spring in Italy and now being so far north another Spring in Scotland. The tulips were gorgeous, and the fruit trees just beginning to bloom. We drove North and stopped at a sweet farm shop to have tea and sandwiches.

It was hard not to buy every plant and seed in the place. I found a lovely tree with pink and green leaves; I will have to locate it at home. We then drove on to visit the Black Isle Brewery, with a super tour and a great tasting. They bottle 50 thousand bottles of beer each month and are growing fast. They have a cow, chickens for eggs, and a herd of black sheep that all had little woolly black babies. Each pasture had many tiny kids or twins bleating for their mom’s and dinner. So very beautiful.

We had dinner by the River Ness and took a long walk to the castle and then back to Culloden. Still quite light at 11 pm as we are so far North.

 

MONDAY MAY 27

We visited Fort George the current home of Black Watch. It is right on the River Ness as it runs into the Firth of Forth then into the ocean. The currents are strong and there are often dolphins playing in the changing tide. We unfortunately did not see any today, but wasn’t for the lack of looking. On the way back we stopped at a sign that said CHEESE! Of course we would. We drove up a tiny road, barely a one lane hoping that we could make it to the cheese place before their farm tractor heading our way blocked our way into nirvana. This is the home of Connage Highland Dairy, fully organic, with their own herd of Holstein and Guernsey cows. Owners Callum and Cameron are master cheese makers and dairy farmers. This cheese shop makes their own and ages for themselves and other local dairy farms. They were just finishing making cheese in their impeccably clean cheese production plant. In the shop they had just installed an aging area with a wide assortment of lovely local cheese. We purchased their crowdie a soft cheese for spreading. On the wall in their tasting room is a picture of a huge cheese wedding cake they had just delivered. This wedding cake was beautiful, and according to the owners many people have ordered this “cake” instead of the traditional wedding cake. What a marvelous idea. View them at www.connagehighlanddairy.co.uk.

Back to Culloden House for a rest and then our last dinner in Scotland, being piped to dinner again, magnificent!

 

TUESDAY MAY 28

We sadely leave Inverness, drive three hours back to Edinburgh and then on to Paris to stay overnight and catch the Air France flight home to San Francisco. The drive from Inverness down to Edinburgh is green with huge mountains and more castles. Time is our limiting factor but we explore some of the small towns. Unfortunately we did not have time to tour the Dalwhinny Distillery, one of my favorite whiskeys. It is situated in a deep green valley next to a river for their water source. The buildings are painted pure white, I presume white washed with black lettering. Check out their web site and by all means try their product which is available here in the US.

So off to Paris, Elisabeth is staying in Edinburgh on a few more days to meet with friends from Slow Food. She will have friends all over the world because of her study at the University of Gastronomic Science. We landed in Paris at Charles de Gaulle airport and only my bag arrived. So off we went to lost luggage to track Marks bag. Everyone was very nice since we were not yelling at them as some people were doing. They have put a tracking number out and will call us at the hotel. We stayed at the Golden Tulip just outside of the airport with free transport by the CGD Black transit bus. Very easy! We were up early in the morning, but still no bag. We walked around the small French town surrounding the string of hotels that are hosts to all the world travelers using CDG. Ah France, I wish we could stay here longer. We went to the airport early to find the bag which had been located at the airport and just had it put on the plane to San Francisco.

Or so we thought.

Upon boarding I happened to look out the window only to see Marks bag sitting on the tarmac with 5 French baggage handlers looking suspiciously at the bag. We contacted the Air France steward who ran down to the group and explained to them that we identified the bag from the plane and they needed to put it on the plane. A very French discussion took place, airport security was called, and the bag was screened again, and finally put on the plane. This bag held our gifts of Scotch whiskey and we were not going to let anybody loose it! Many thanks to the steward and we took off with the bag safely on board.

 

WEDNESDAY MAY 29

Home arrival safely only to realize how lucky we are to have been able to travel to such wonderful places and meet such wonderful people. Now back to work on the farm and the business of growing olives and making oil.

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Denise Caracciolo- Guastamacchia
Denise Caracciolo- Guastamacchia
2018-04-11T17:10:41+0000
Lovely place. Did the olive oil tastings. Cute display. And then got to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful views. Ate a wonderful charcuterie board that was presented magnificently. Staff was delightful as well. You won’t be disappointedread more
Tracy Ann Tighe
Tracy Ann Tighe
2018-03-29T23:40:10+0000
Becky Haver Guillett
Becky Haver Guillett
2018-03-25T22:16:11+0000
Wonderful tasting experience! Warm and welcoming, beautiful setting, and delicious oils. The owner made us feel like family. The food pairings were an unexpected treat. And olive oil gelato- who knew? So good. We will definitely be back.read more
Chris Leyden
Chris Leyden
2018-02-14T00:58:41+0000
Mary Ebner
Mary Ebner
2018-01-26T19:39:39+0000
Great tour! Highly recommended! We learned a lot of new facts about olive oil. Great clean place and Joe was a great host! Loved it.read more
Kellie Vitaich
Kellie Vitaich
2018-01-19T19:03:43+0000
The olive oil tasting was delicious and so informative. The food pairings took it over the top. Great offerings in the shop and we all enjoyed the wine tasting as well. Definitely worth a stop! Can’t wait to go back.read more
Lindsey Hickman
Lindsey Hickman
2017-12-29T15:53:11+0000
The olive oil experience was AMAZING!! The charcuterie plate is over the top and the wine is superb!
Ana Webster
Ana Webster
2017-10-18T14:37:34+0000
Best olive oil ever,best gelato in town olive oil my favorite gelato flavor !
Robin Suzanne Mack
Robin Suzanne Mack
2017-10-01T04:17:06+0000
Came by and had a olive oil tasting...it also came with food bites to showcase how you could use their oils...we also tried their olive oil gelato with a drizzle of lemon olive oil...amazing!!!! The views are amazing out the picture windows!read more
Jennifer Lujan
Jennifer Lujan
2017-09-18T02:00:25+0000
The staff Libby & Mark were amazing! We had the Olive oil and wine flight. The olive oils spanned the entire spectrum from light to bold and daring. The mandarin infused oil is delicious with watermelon. They serve ultra premium wine without the ultra premium price. The kids enjoyed the Gelato and checkers on the patio. We will be definitely be back.read more
Kim Pollock
Kim Pollock
2017-09-11T03:13:25+0000
Madeline Morse
Madeline Morse
2017-09-06T05:20:03+0000
We brought Lucy here on our way to Napa. I was so impressed how attentive and kind the staff was. The people and surroundings were so inviting; the Olive Oil was amazing. We have tasted in many cities, but the Moraiolo here in Fairfield is the best. We will definitely return!read more
Susana Sanchez Martinez
Susana Sanchez Martinez
2017-08-05T21:19:11+0000
Great educational place and beautiful! That's means a California is a Golden state!
Melany Enstad Anaya
Melany Enstad Anaya
2017-07-24T04:57:49+0000
Great to learn about olive oil, the presentation was very informative and interesting! I bought several bottles.The gelato is awesome too!!read more
Roel Fernandez
Roel Fernandez
2017-07-23T23:47:10+0000
Polly Geren
Polly Geren
2017-07-18T23:47:55+0000
The tasting was fun and informative. Super nice people and loved the olive oil gelato!
Elvia Rodriguez
Elvia Rodriguez
2017-07-17T23:10:06+0000
Jane Evans Bonacci
Jane Evans Bonacci
2017-07-17T19:39:43+0000
Fun excursion, outstanding service and information about making olive oils. This is a wonderful place for a weekend outing!read more
Julie Marie
Julie Marie
2017-07-17T00:14:08+0000
Did an olive oil tasting and it was both tasty and educational. Left with a couple of olive oils and a white peach infused balsamic. Yum! Looking forward to bringing others next time!read more
Stringer Bill
Stringer Bill
2017-07-13T13:49:25+0000
Michelle Walker-Wade
Michelle Walker-Wade
2017-07-08T23:59:18+0000
Loved the experience as well as the products we brought home.
Angie Lozano-Galvan
Angie Lozano-Galvan
2017-07-07T02:40:14+0000
Always always attentive staff who make you feel at home. Gelato is our favorite!! Enjoying it outside on a cozy chair taking in the peaceful scenery makes gelato even better! I have attended a chefs dinner and the food was extraordinary!read more
Chris Gilbert
Chris Gilbert
2017-07-02T02:55:16+0000
Lezlie Gladman Teter
Lezlie Gladman Teter
2017-06-05T23:03:10+0000
Had an enjoyable afternoon learning about lavender and olive oil. Had a nice tasting of oils and wines. I even brought home a Sunday dinner bag! I will return.read more
Jessica Ramos
Jessica Ramos
2017-06-05T02:55:11+0000
Absolutely beautiful farm, you'll feel like you've been transported to Italy. Worth a visit any time!
Heidi Weiss
Heidi Weiss
2017-05-27T23:23:25+0000
Great educational tasting, fabulous olive oils and very unique food pairings all in a beautiful tranquil setting with delightful people. Don't forget the wines, some real gems!read more
Mark DeWeerdt
Mark DeWeerdt
2017-05-23T04:08:11+0000
Lemon olive oil my new favorite. We also picked up some new balsamic! Thanks for your guidance, Ron
Enza Sebastiani
Enza Sebastiani
2017-05-21T04:28:24+0000
Fantastic experience! Delicious olive oil and atmosphere!
Samantha Lakhan
Samantha Lakhan
2017-05-14T21:58:06+0000
Susan Kern- Carter
Susan Kern- Carter
2017-04-23T22:06:10+0000
Cymantha Nicole
Cymantha Nicole
2017-04-20T04:25:49+0000
Had olive oil gelato today!! 1st time smooth and yummy.. Will be back..
Lisa Haas
Lisa Haas
2017-04-18T20:14:51+0000
Awesome tasting experience. I never knew what "fresh" olive oil was really like until I visited Il Fiorello!
Krista Noël Hoffman
Krista Noël Hoffman
2017-04-05T22:12:01+0000
Wendy Kuhn
Wendy Kuhn
2017-03-29T11:29:04+0000
Iris Raby
Iris Raby
2017-03-14T03:47:22+0000
Sonny McCumber
Sonny McCumber
2017-02-23T05:15:24+0000
Mark Dumas
Mark Dumas
2017-02-22T23:30:21+0000
Susan Julian Gates
Susan Julian Gates
2017-02-20T12:48:26+0000
We visited and had a private tasting. It was educational and tasty. Loved seeing the centrifuge press and the beautiful grove. We went back for dinner and were equally impressed with the food. A lovely evening with great music. The olive oils are all 5 star.read more
Pastor Wade
Pastor Wade
2017-02-07T01:47:56+0000
Loved the tour, educational and informative. The service was great and the food, oil, and cheese all exquisite. We will nevet purchase olive oil the same way again. Thank you Florello olive oil company.read more
Jeannette Stotts
Jeannette Stotts
2017-01-16T00:17:53+0000
The people there were so friendly, odrea, did the tasting, in never knew olive oil tasted so different, the chief made us a delightful lunch, the day was perfect, thank youread more
Renee' Randolph
Renee' Randolph
2017-01-15T06:42:53+0000
Brian Jensen
Brian Jensen
2016-12-29T02:45:43+0000
Great place to visit and the staff was very nice. Just a few miles from I-80, nestled in the rolling hills west of Fairfield is very relaxing. The tasting room is nicely arranged, the tasting room manager, Joe, served us a selection of olive oils, our favorite was the jalapeño lime. We are now members of "The Grove Club" and looking forward to returning for an olive oil cooking presentation to get recipe ideas.read more
G-Bird Hernandez
G-Bird Hernandez
2016-12-22T17:14:46+0000
Love love the balsamic vinegar! A friend gave me this from their trip and I recently opened it and tried it with my mom who was visiting. OMG when we tried it we were in heaven! It's Christmas time and I ordered balsamic vinegar and olive oil for my mother. When I discovered that the package was not received by my mother despite what FedEx had confirmed delivery, I immediately called IL Fiorello and they had handled the situation with such class and resent another package out and my mother was able to receive in time for Christmas!! THank you for great customer service and products!! Will always recommend and use your products! HAppy Holidays!read more
Jordan Equis
Jordan Equis
2016-12-17T23:02:17+0000
Gelato is LIFE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Michelle Sobel
Michelle Sobel
2016-12-04T21:48:47+0000
Domenica Kelley
Domenica Kelley
2016-11-29T00:21:14+0000
What great customer service and olive oils. Spent an afternoon here with friends and we all enjoyed ourselves. Would definitely return.read more
GIna Guzzo
GIna Guzzo
2016-11-28T00:32:45+0000
Fabulous on so many levels , I had a private little olive oil taste test and Gab was knowledgeable . Warm and inviting place . My soul left happy �read more
Quỳnh Becker
Quỳnh Becker
2016-11-12T11:45:17+0000
Denise Revel
Denise Revel
2016-11-01T23:21:14+0000
Great olive oil tasting....should be on your must -to- do list
Cathy R Senese-McCann
Cathy R Senese-McCann
2016-09-16T02:51:01+0000
Fantastic place!! Friendly and welcoming recommend visiting!!
Allison Barnhill
Allison Barnhill
2016-09-15T00:43:01+0000
My sons 23rd birthday and we came here! What fun!! Stephanie is the best, she even did a live Facebook feed with us!
Julie Thigpen
Julie Thigpen
2016-08-12T00:01:53+0000
This is one of the most welcoming, relaxing, and enjoyable places you can stop in wine country. I wish I'd discovered them sooner!read more
Martha Hine
Martha Hine
2016-08-05T01:28:46+0000
Had a group event at Il Fiorello and it was fantastic. Wish I lived in the area and could go back regularly. I definitely will be back when I'm in the area. Great food, great class, interesting to learn about olive oil milling, and most of all, fun!read more
Jullie Johnson-Johnson
Jullie Johnson-Johnson
2016-06-03T01:45:51+0000
I went for the first time today. Mark was excellent. Food, surroundings, and service were 10+ My purchase is already on the way home/Houston! Wonderful.read more
Anlin Manalili
Anlin Manalili
2016-05-06T22:04:00+0000
Edward Lucero
Edward Lucero
2016-05-05T18:51:30+0000
Anthony Delgado
Anthony Delgado
2016-04-23T23:47:59+0000
Absolutely great place. The oil tasting was on par with the best wine tastings. We had their oil and wine tasting (that came with small bites of exotic foods) and felt like we robbed them with their low tasting fee. A definite "must do" if you're in the area!!!!read more
Kat Black
Kat Black
2016-04-04T17:39:11+0000
I was not a fan of olive oil per se, but my boyfriend was and he took me to Il Fiorello. They completely changed my view of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Il Fiorello is a North Bay gem that deserves all the praise it can get. It's located in sprawling vineyards in the in Suisun Valley, which is north of I-680 towards Napa. It's a beautiful short drive. It is surrounded by oilve orchards. Just stunning surroundings, with an amazing experience of olive oil and balsamic tastings. I never knew that olive oil could be so incredibly tasty. It's not your mamma's olive oil! I highly recommend Il Fiorello for the venue, the special care service and an awesome adventure into the world of olive oil. You WILL NOT be disappointed.read more
Missy Bell-Chester
Missy Bell-Chester
2016-02-09T17:06:57+0000
This place is amazing. We got to tour with the owner she was very informative. We also met her Husband who was wonderful as well. I highly recommend you visit here. Their products are amazing ♡♡.read more
Liz Ayala
Liz Ayala
2016-01-31T04:50:20+0000
Mary Ann Zewald Atkinson
Mary Ann Zewald Atkinson
2015-11-19T13:15:53+0000
Had a great time very knowledgeable and the people there just fantastic
Rosalind Pittman
Rosalind Pittman
2015-11-02T05:20:43+0000
Ramona Pittman
Ramona Pittman
2015-11-02T04:30:07+0000
Great tasting and great products!!' I really enjoyed tasting the various balsamic vinegars.
Rikke Kim Pedersen Hogg
Rikke Kim Pedersen Hogg
2015-10-27T04:17:14+0000
Callum Hogg
Callum Hogg
2015-10-24T01:39:32+0000
Zenny Cuevas
Zenny Cuevas
2015-10-12T21:24:57+0000
This is an awesome and very interesting place!!! I am an olive oil fan so I completely fell in love with this place. They not only have a variety of olive oil bottles.for sale but also have their own wine tasting and a garm tour!! The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly. I definitely recommend it and will be back with my friends.read more
Meghan Stuart
Meghan Stuart
2015-10-06T07:48:33+0000
Dinh Vail
Dinh Vail
2015-09-27T05:36:12+0000
Came out knowing a lot about olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Tasting of the stuff was reasonably inexpensive so worth it. Bought some back home.read more
RoSalie N Crain
RoSalie N Crain
2015-09-26T15:22:06+0000
Scot Mac
Scot Mac
2015-06-13T05:40:01+0000
I really enjoyed the olive oil tasting and learned a lot. Have never tried olive oil this way. If you like olive oil this is a must stop.read more
Philip Graham
Philip Graham
2015-06-02T22:51:55+0000
Keatley Garvey
Keatley Garvey
2015-04-04T23:30:34+0000
This place is amazing! A must see! Love the olive oils!
Marissa Andersson-Beharry
Marissa Andersson-Beharry
2015-03-04T20:21:14+0000
I'm eating popcorn drizzled with your lime infused oil right now ... hooked!
Jennifer Crisp
Jennifer Crisp
2014-12-05T16:34:01+0000
I absolutely LOVE this place! I visited this past summer from the East Coast and had the most incredible Olive Oil tasting!! The best olive oils and vinegars I have ever tasted!!read more
Mary Ellen Smith
Mary Ellen Smith
2014-09-28T15:17:31+0000
Good stuff
Christopher Hulett
Christopher Hulett
2014-06-23T23:04:32+0000
Katrina Prekurat Pearson
Katrina Prekurat Pearson
2014-06-22T02:28:32+0000
Uncorked is fabulous! Great Event. Felt very welcomed!
Inger Wilson
Inger Wilson
2014-05-30T03:49:08+0000
I love this gem! The oil tastings are really well done. All of the oils and vinegars are so delicious. I only buy olive oil and balsamic from here!read more
Rosemarie Menjivar Leonardi
Rosemarie Menjivar Leonardi
2014-02-26T06:43:03+0000
Christie Tornikoski
Christie Tornikoski
2014-02-20T18:51:14+0000
Sairalyn Reyes Ansano
Sairalyn Reyes Ansano
2014-02-10T20:50:32+0000
So friendly and well organized. We'll never go back to buying super-market olive oils. A must do if in the area.
Josh Ostrout-Hixon
Josh Ostrout-Hixon
2014-01-26T23:43:28+0000
Larry Houchins
Larry Houchins
2014-01-26T18:51:37+0000
Maureen Loza Dodson
Maureen Loza Dodson
2013-12-31T17:33:35+0000
Desarae McColley
Desarae McColley
2013-12-09T20:51:44+0000
Annelise Schaufel
Annelise Schaufel
2013-12-02T18:32:36+0000
Beth Ellen Ethridge
Beth Ellen Ethridge
2013-11-30T20:33:42+0000
Kelli Sandoval Wellhausen
Kelli Sandoval Wellhausen
2013-11-03T05:45:42+0000
Diana Nitsche-Geringer
Diana Nitsche-Geringer
2013-09-29T03:41:27+0000
Beth Niles
Beth Niles
2013-09-28T16:24:15+0000
Daniel Lavell
Daniel Lavell
2013-09-28T04:22:37+0000
Debra Lee Andersohn
Debra Lee Andersohn
2013-09-26T04:27:42+0000
Nidia Amaya
Nidia Amaya
2013-08-13T02:24:15+0000
Kim Inkster Prater
Kim Inkster Prater
2013-08-12T12:54:37+0000
Mandi Jean de Witte
Mandi Jean de Witte
2013-08-09T15:57:32+0000
Jennifer Hatin Hamilton
Jennifer Hatin Hamilton
2013-07-21T18:25:16+0000
Jojo Cortez
Jojo Cortez
2013-07-13T03:49:16+0000
Patricia Cassity Brosio
Patricia Cassity Brosio
2013-06-28T18:32:21+0000
Lori Hill
Lori Hill
2013-06-26T04:33:44+0000
Ruth Harrop
Ruth Harrop
2013-06-06T22:42:33+0000
Tiffany Hill
Tiffany Hill
2013-06-05T22:12:50+0000
Nancy Togami
Nancy Togami
2013-05-06T00:40:47+0000
Carol Dalamangas
Carol Dalamangas
2013-05-04T21:03:18+0000
Patty Nyquist
Patty Nyquist
2013-05-02T05:53:17+0000
Debbie Hafner Parris
Debbie Hafner Parris
2013-01-12T03:31:09+0000
Valbruzzoli Cristian
Valbruzzoli Cristian
2012-12-08T21:11:22+0000
Gabriel Hernandez
Gabriel Hernandez
2012-11-02T05:38:02+0000
Jake Hutchison
Jake Hutchison
2012-10-24T23:54:41+0000
Wilhelm K Pechtal
Wilhelm K Pechtal
2012-10-24T20:25:47+0000
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Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company
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Denise Caracciolo- Guastamacchia
Denise Caracciolo- Guastamacchia
2018-04-11T17:10:41+0000
Lovely place. Did the olive oil tastings. Cute display. And then got to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful views. Ate a wonderful charcuterie board that was presented magnificently. Staff was delightful as well. You won’t be disappointedread more
Tracy Ann Tighe
Tracy Ann Tighe
2018-03-29T23:40:10+0000
Becky Haver Guillett
Becky Haver Guillett
2018-03-25T22:16:11+0000
Wonderful tasting experience! Warm and welcoming, beautiful setting, and delicious oils. The owner made us feel like family. The food pairings were an unexpected treat. And olive oil gelato- who knew? So good. We will definitely be back.read more
Chris Leyden
Chris Leyden
2018-02-14T00:58:41+0000
Mary Ebner
Mary Ebner
2018-01-26T19:39:39+0000
Great tour! Highly recommended! We learned a lot of new facts about olive oil. Great clean place and Joe was a great host! Loved it.read more
Kellie Vitaich
Kellie Vitaich
2018-01-19T19:03:43+0000
The olive oil tasting was delicious and so informative. The food pairings took it over the top. Great offerings in the shop and we all enjoyed the wine tasting as well. Definitely worth a stop! Can’t wait to go back.read more
Lindsey Hickman
Lindsey Hickman
2017-12-29T15:53:11+0000
The olive oil experience was AMAZING!! The charcuterie plate is over the top and the wine is superb!
Ana Webster
Ana Webster
2017-10-18T14:37:34+0000
Best olive oil ever,best gelato in town olive oil my favorite gelato flavor !
Robin Suzanne Mack
Robin Suzanne Mack
2017-10-01T04:17:06+0000
Came by and had a olive oil tasting...it also came with food bites to showcase how you could use their oils...we also tried their olive oil gelato with a drizzle of lemon olive oil...amazing!!!! The views are amazing out the picture windows!read more
Jennifer Lujan
Jennifer Lujan
2017-09-18T02:00:25+0000
The staff Libby & Mark were amazing! We had the Olive oil and wine flight. The olive oils spanned the entire spectrum from light to bold and daring. The mandarin infused oil is delicious with watermelon. They serve ultra premium wine without the ultra premium price. The kids enjoyed the Gelato and checkers on the patio. We will be definitely be back.read more
Kim Pollock
Kim Pollock
2017-09-11T03:13:25+0000
Madeline Morse
Madeline Morse
2017-09-06T05:20:03+0000
We brought Lucy here on our way to Napa. I was so impressed how attentive and kind the staff was. The people and surroundings were so inviting; the Olive Oil was amazing. We have tasted in many cities, but the Moraiolo here in Fairfield is the best. We will definitely return!read more
Susana Sanchez Martinez
Susana Sanchez Martinez
2017-08-05T21:19:11+0000
Great educational place and beautiful! That's means a California is a Golden state!
Melany Enstad Anaya
Melany Enstad Anaya
2017-07-24T04:57:49+0000
Great to learn about olive oil, the presentation was very informative and interesting! I bought several bottles.The gelato is awesome too!!read more
Roel Fernandez
Roel Fernandez
2017-07-23T23:47:10+0000
Polly Geren
Polly Geren
2017-07-18T23:47:55+0000
The tasting was fun and informative. Super nice people and loved the olive oil gelato!
Elvia Rodriguez
Elvia Rodriguez
2017-07-17T23:10:06+0000
Jane Evans Bonacci
Jane Evans Bonacci
2017-07-17T19:39:43+0000
Fun excursion, outstanding service and information about making olive oils. This is a wonderful place for a weekend outing!read more
Julie Marie
Julie Marie
2017-07-17T00:14:08+0000
Did an olive oil tasting and it was both tasty and educational. Left with a couple of olive oils and a white peach infused balsamic. Yum! Looking forward to bringing others next time!read more
Stringer Bill
Stringer Bill
2017-07-13T13:49:25+0000
Michelle Walker-Wade
Michelle Walker-Wade
2017-07-08T23:59:18+0000
Loved the experience as well as the products we brought home.
Angie Lozano-Galvan
Angie Lozano-Galvan
2017-07-07T02:40:14+0000
Always always attentive staff who make you feel at home. Gelato is our favorite!! Enjoying it outside on a cozy chair taking in the peaceful scenery makes gelato even better! I have attended a chefs dinner and the food was extraordinary!read more
Chris Gilbert
Chris Gilbert
2017-07-02T02:55:16+0000
Lezlie Gladman Teter
Lezlie Gladman Teter
2017-06-05T23:03:10+0000
Had an enjoyable afternoon learning about lavender and olive oil. Had a nice tasting of oils and wines. I even brought home a Sunday dinner bag! I will return.read more
Jessica Ramos
Jessica Ramos
2017-06-05T02:55:11+0000
Absolutely beautiful farm, you'll feel like you've been transported to Italy. Worth a visit any time!
Heidi Weiss
Heidi Weiss
2017-05-27T23:23:25+0000
Great educational tasting, fabulous olive oils and very unique food pairings all in a beautiful tranquil setting with delightful people. Don't forget the wines, some real gems!read more
Mark DeWeerdt
Mark DeWeerdt
2017-05-23T04:08:11+0000
Lemon olive oil my new favorite. We also picked up some new balsamic! Thanks for your guidance, Ron
Enza Sebastiani
Enza Sebastiani
2017-05-21T04:28:24+0000
Fantastic experience! Delicious olive oil and atmosphere!
Samantha Lakhan
Samantha Lakhan
2017-05-14T21:58:06+0000
Susan Kern- Carter
Susan Kern- Carter
2017-04-23T22:06:10+0000
Cymantha Nicole
Cymantha Nicole
2017-04-20T04:25:49+0000
Had olive oil gelato today!! 1st time smooth and yummy.. Will be back..
Lisa Haas
Lisa Haas
2017-04-18T20:14:51+0000
Awesome tasting experience. I never knew what "fresh" olive oil was really like until I visited Il Fiorello!
Krista Noël Hoffman
Krista Noël Hoffman
2017-04-05T22:12:01+0000
Wendy Kuhn
Wendy Kuhn
2017-03-29T11:29:04+0000
Iris Raby
Iris Raby
2017-03-14T03:47:22+0000
Sonny McCumber
Sonny McCumber
2017-02-23T05:15:24+0000
Mark Dumas
Mark Dumas
2017-02-22T23:30:21+0000
Susan Julian Gates
Susan Julian Gates
2017-02-20T12:48:26+0000
We visited and had a private tasting. It was educational and tasty. Loved seeing the centrifuge press and the beautiful grove. We went back for dinner and were equally impressed with the food. A lovely evening with great music. The olive oils are all 5 star.read more
Pastor Wade
Pastor Wade
2017-02-07T01:47:56+0000
Loved the tour, educational and informative. The service was great and the food, oil, and cheese all exquisite. We will nevet purchase olive oil the same way again. Thank you Florello olive oil company.read more
Jeannette Stotts
Jeannette Stotts
2017-01-16T00:17:53+0000
The people there were so friendly, odrea, did the tasting, in never knew olive oil tasted so different, the chief made us a delightful lunch, the day was perfect, thank youread more
Renee' Randolph
Renee' Randolph
2017-01-15T06:42:53+0000
Brian Jensen
Brian Jensen
2016-12-29T02:45:43+0000
Great place to visit and the staff was very nice. Just a few miles from I-80, nestled in the rolling hills west of Fairfield is very relaxing. The tasting room is nicely arranged, the tasting room manager, Joe, served us a selection of olive oils, our favorite was the jalapeño lime. We are now members of "The Grove Club" and looking forward to returning for an olive oil cooking presentation to get recipe ideas.read more
G-Bird Hernandez
G-Bird Hernandez
2016-12-22T17:14:46+0000
Love love the balsamic vinegar! A friend gave me this from their trip and I recently opened it and tried it with my mom who was visiting. OMG when we tried it we were in heaven! It's Christmas time and I ordered balsamic vinegar and olive oil for my mother. When I discovered that the package was not received by my mother despite what FedEx had confirmed delivery, I immediately called IL Fiorello and they had handled the situation with such class and resent another package out and my mother was able to receive in time for Christmas!! THank you for great customer service and products!! Will always recommend and use your products! HAppy Holidays!read more
Jordan Equis
Jordan Equis
2016-12-17T23:02:17+0000
Gelato is LIFE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Michelle Sobel
Michelle Sobel
2016-12-04T21:48:47+0000
Domenica Kelley
Domenica Kelley
2016-11-29T00:21:14+0000
What great customer service and olive oils. Spent an afternoon here with friends and we all enjoyed ourselves. Would definitely return.read more
GIna Guzzo
GIna Guzzo
2016-11-28T00:32:45+0000
Fabulous on so many levels , I had a private little olive oil taste test and Gab was knowledgeable . Warm and inviting place . My soul left happy �read more
Quỳnh Becker
Quỳnh Becker
2016-11-12T11:45:17+0000
Denise Revel
Denise Revel
2016-11-01T23:21:14+0000
Great olive oil tasting....should be on your must -to- do list
Cathy R Senese-McCann
Cathy R Senese-McCann
2016-09-16T02:51:01+0000
Fantastic place!! Friendly and welcoming recommend visiting!!
Allison Barnhill
Allison Barnhill
2016-09-15T00:43:01+0000
My sons 23rd birthday and we came here! What fun!! Stephanie is the best, she even did a live Facebook feed with us!
Julie Thigpen
Julie Thigpen
2016-08-12T00:01:53+0000
This is one of the most welcoming, relaxing, and enjoyable places you can stop in wine country. I wish I'd discovered them sooner!read more
Martha Hine
Martha Hine
2016-08-05T01:28:46+0000
Had a group event at Il Fiorello and it was fantastic. Wish I lived in the area and could go back regularly. I definitely will be back when I'm in the area. Great food, great class, interesting to learn about olive oil milling, and most of all, fun!read more
Jullie Johnson-Johnson
Jullie Johnson-Johnson
2016-06-03T01:45:51+0000
I went for the first time today. Mark was excellent. Food, surroundings, and service were 10+ My purchase is already on the way home/Houston! Wonderful.read more
Anlin Manalili
Anlin Manalili
2016-05-06T22:04:00+0000
Edward Lucero
Edward Lucero
2016-05-05T18:51:30+0000
Anthony Delgado
Anthony Delgado
2016-04-23T23:47:59+0000
Absolutely great place. The oil tasting was on par with the best wine tastings. We had their oil and wine tasting (that came with small bites of exotic foods) and felt like we robbed them with their low tasting fee. A definite "must do" if you're in the area!!!!read more
Kat Black
Kat Black
2016-04-04T17:39:11+0000
I was not a fan of olive oil per se, but my boyfriend was and he took me to Il Fiorello. They completely changed my view of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Il Fiorello is a North Bay gem that deserves all the praise it can get. It's located in sprawling vineyards in the in Suisun Valley, which is north of I-680 towards Napa. It's a beautiful short drive. It is surrounded by oilve orchards. Just stunning surroundings, with an amazing experience of olive oil and balsamic tastings. I never knew that olive oil could be so incredibly tasty. It's not your mamma's olive oil! I highly recommend Il Fiorello for the venue, the special care service and an awesome adventure into the world of olive oil. You WILL NOT be disappointed.read more
Missy Bell-Chester
Missy Bell-Chester
2016-02-09T17:06:57+0000
This place is amazing. We got to tour with the owner she was very informative. We also met her Husband who was wonderful as well. I highly recommend you visit here. Their products are amazing ♡♡.read more
Liz Ayala
Liz Ayala
2016-01-31T04:50:20+0000
Mary Ann Zewald Atkinson
Mary Ann Zewald Atkinson
2015-11-19T13:15:53+0000
Had a great time very knowledgeable and the people there just fantastic
Rosalind Pittman
Rosalind Pittman
2015-11-02T05:20:43+0000
Ramona Pittman
Ramona Pittman
2015-11-02T04:30:07+0000
Great tasting and great products!!' I really enjoyed tasting the various balsamic vinegars.
Rikke Kim Pedersen Hogg
Rikke Kim Pedersen Hogg
2015-10-27T04:17:14+0000
Callum Hogg
Callum Hogg
2015-10-24T01:39:32+0000
Zenny Cuevas
Zenny Cuevas
2015-10-12T21:24:57+0000
This is an awesome and very interesting place!!! I am an olive oil fan so I completely fell in love with this place. They not only have a variety of olive oil bottles.for sale but also have their own wine tasting and a garm tour!! The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly. I definitely recommend it and will be back with my friends.read more
Meghan Stuart
Meghan Stuart
2015-10-06T07:48:33+0000
Dinh Vail
Dinh Vail
2015-09-27T05:36:12+0000
Came out knowing a lot about olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Tasting of the stuff was reasonably inexpensive so worth it. Bought some back home.read more
RoSalie N Crain
RoSalie N Crain
2015-09-26T15:22:06+0000
Scot Mac
Scot Mac
2015-06-13T05:40:01+0000
I really enjoyed the olive oil tasting and learned a lot. Have never tried olive oil this way. If you like olive oil this is a must stop.read more
Philip Graham
Philip Graham
2015-06-02T22:51:55+0000
Keatley Garvey
Keatley Garvey
2015-04-04T23:30:34+0000
This place is amazing! A must see! Love the olive oils!
Marissa Andersson-Beharry
Marissa Andersson-Beharry
2015-03-04T20:21:14+0000
I'm eating popcorn drizzled with your lime infused oil right now ... hooked!
Jennifer Crisp
Jennifer Crisp
2014-12-05T16:34:01+0000
I absolutely LOVE this place! I visited this past summer from the East Coast and had the most incredible Olive Oil tasting!! The best olive oils and vinegars I have ever tasted!!read more
Mary Ellen Smith
Mary Ellen Smith
2014-09-28T15:17:31+0000
Good stuff
Christopher Hulett
Christopher Hulett
2014-06-23T23:04:32+0000
Katrina Prekurat Pearson
Katrina Prekurat Pearson
2014-06-22T02:28:32+0000
Uncorked is fabulous! Great Event. Felt very welcomed!
Inger Wilson
Inger Wilson
2014-05-30T03:49:08+0000
I love this gem! The oil tastings are really well done. All of the oils and vinegars are so delicious. I only buy olive oil and balsamic from here!read more
Rosemarie Menjivar Leonardi
Rosemarie Menjivar Leonardi
2014-02-26T06:43:03+0000
Christie Tornikoski
Christie Tornikoski
2014-02-20T18:51:14+0000
Sairalyn Reyes Ansano
Sairalyn Reyes Ansano
2014-02-10T20:50:32+0000
So friendly and well organized. We'll never go back to buying super-market olive oils. A must do if in the area.
Josh Ostrout-Hixon
Josh Ostrout-Hixon
2014-01-26T23:43:28+0000
Larry Houchins
Larry Houchins
2014-01-26T18:51:37+0000
Maureen Loza Dodson
Maureen Loza Dodson
2013-12-31T17:33:35+0000
Desarae McColley
Desarae McColley
2013-12-09T20:51:44+0000
Annelise Schaufel
Annelise Schaufel
2013-12-02T18:32:36+0000
Beth Ellen Ethridge
Beth Ellen Ethridge
2013-11-30T20:33:42+0000
Kelli Sandoval Wellhausen
Kelli Sandoval Wellhausen
2013-11-03T05:45:42+0000
Diana Nitsche-Geringer
Diana Nitsche-Geringer
2013-09-29T03:41:27+0000
Beth Niles
Beth Niles
2013-09-28T16:24:15+0000
Daniel Lavell
Daniel Lavell
2013-09-28T04:22:37+0000
Debra Lee Andersohn
Debra Lee Andersohn
2013-09-26T04:27:42+0000
Nidia Amaya
Nidia Amaya
2013-08-13T02:24:15+0000
Kim Inkster Prater
Kim Inkster Prater
2013-08-12T12:54:37+0000
Mandi Jean de Witte
Mandi Jean de Witte
2013-08-09T15:57:32+0000
Jennifer Hatin Hamilton
Jennifer Hatin Hamilton
2013-07-21T18:25:16+0000
Jojo Cortez
Jojo Cortez
2013-07-13T03:49:16+0000
Patricia Cassity Brosio
Patricia Cassity Brosio
2013-06-28T18:32:21+0000
Lori Hill
Lori Hill
2013-06-26T04:33:44+0000
Ruth Harrop
Ruth Harrop
2013-06-06T22:42:33+0000
Tiffany Hill
Tiffany Hill
2013-06-05T22:12:50+0000
Nancy Togami
Nancy Togami
2013-05-06T00:40:47+0000
Carol Dalamangas
Carol Dalamangas
2013-05-04T21:03:18+0000
Patty Nyquist
Patty Nyquist
2013-05-02T05:53:17+0000
Debbie Hafner Parris
Debbie Hafner Parris
2013-01-12T03:31:09+0000
Valbruzzoli Cristian
Valbruzzoli Cristian
2012-12-08T21:11:22+0000
Gabriel Hernandez
Gabriel Hernandez
2012-11-02T05:38:02+0000
Jake Hutchison
Jake Hutchison
2012-10-24T23:54:41+0000
Wilhelm K Pechtal
Wilhelm K Pechtal
2012-10-24T20:25:47+0000
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Custom Milling

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

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Tastings

Taste extra virgin and co-milled flavored olive oils.

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