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Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Great Wine, and Superb Chocolate

Organic olive oils that win international awards, an organic farm that produces great food from our organic garden and the choices of sustainable organic wines that taste beyond delicious. A trusted purveyor and miller. What more could you ask for? What makes a great pairing? It really is very simple, use very good ingredients, simply […]


It may be the darkest time of the year, when all we want is a fire in the fireplace, warm chili, and a great glass of wine, but the trees in front of our Visitors Center are anything but dark and dreary. The citrus trees have dark green shiny leaves, and are just covered with […]

MURMURATION and Murmurings from IL Fiorello

  January is here, and amazingly so. The olive harvest and milling are complete. This year was a more than bountiful year, and we made some awesome oils, for IL Fiorello, and for all our milling clients. We are now hard at work planning all our events and gatherings for 2018. We will host many […]

Christmas Blog 2017

Twas three weeks before Christmas, at IL Fiorello’s Olive House. All creatures were stirring, in the little hen’s house. The barrels were stacked, with love and great care, In hopes that more olives, soon would be there. The gift packs were nestled, all snug on the shelves, With dreams of great feasts, and gifts for […]

November Musings from Il Fiorello

Thanks for all the olives We are swimming in olives thanks to all the growers bringing in tons and tons of olives. Our goal is to make wonderful beautiful oil. We wish everyone could see the process, revel in the olives, hear the machinery run, and taste delicious Olio Nuovo.  But for those who cannot […]

October Musings From IL Fiorello

OCTOBER MUSINGS FROM IL FIORELLO As the events of the past two weeks, the Great Fires of California, have affected all of us, I want to take a minute to pause and thank many people for all their efforts.  Staff who drove down the vineyard dirt paths to come to work.  Staff, who even though […]

Cooking is Simple * Eating is Rewarding

  At our Visitors Center, people are always interested in why and how we prepare food, create recipes, and match oils with food. Here are some of my simple tenants for IL Fiorello.   Use good, clean, and fair ingredients. This is also the hallmark of Slow Food and sensible eating Don’t complicate your life […]

What People Say

  What do people say? What questions do they ask in an olive oil tasting experience? The other day, a group of visitors were talking with me about the experience of running a tasting room for olive oil. They asked me what questions we get during our olive oil tasting events. Last year we presented […]

All About Tomatoes

  August is tomato season in Suisun Valley and let me tell you- It is Everything Tomato at IL Fiorello! We have a lot here at the Farm. We’ve had to chase the mockingbirds away from them! Our chickens love the little red and yellow cherry tomatoes. They chase each other like little kids to catch […]


Making Nocino, Italian walnut liquor, usually this is made on June 24th, St John’s day. But as you can see these walnuts got a little large very early. The alcohol turns bright green from the walnuts, as do your hands. Cut the walnuts in quarters and soak in alcohol for a few weeks or longer […]


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