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We won Awards??

WE HAVE WON AWARDS! WE HAVE WON GREAT AWARDS! WE HAVE WON FABULOUS AWARDS!   Years of hard work, hours of milling, great equipment from Gruppo Pieralisi,  and the result: GOLD MEDALS, SILVER MEDALS, BRONZE MEDALS BEST OF CLASS & BEST OF SHOW! Congratulations to our staff for their support, dedication, kindness, and forward-thinking to […]

Spring 2018

Blossoms of oranges and lemons and the wisteria make the air so fragrant at the front door of our Visitors Center.   I cannot imagine a better way to greet guests.  Spring is special on a Farm. So many plants and animals are growing. We present a collage of all that is blooming and growing at […]

WE SAVED THE PIES…and laughed all the way home.

When I began this olive oil business, I imagined, and planned, that food would be a huge part of my business.  After all, olive oil and good healthy food go together.  But little did I know 10 years ago, how important this aspect would become. As we have developed the cooking school, the Kitchen in […]

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 […]


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