KATZ FARM CHEF'S PICK ORGANIC
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 500 ml $28
KATZ Farm, Suisun Valley, CA
Bottle now comes with a built-in pour spout!
"Albert (KATZ) is a wizard who has learned through passionate trial and error to do what many people think is impossible: make great olive oil in California."
Chef Joshua McFadden & Author of
Six Seasons & Grains for Every Season
CAL STATE FAIR: Best In State & Show
"Best of Show - a phenomenal oil, showing consummate skill and artistry in growing the fruit, extracting the oil, blending (if applicable) and conserving the oil."
Harvested Oct 28 - Nov 3, 2021
Our organically grown (CCOF Certified), multi-gold-medal winning EVOO from our KATZ Farm in California’s Suisun Valley was harvested October 28 - November 3, 2021. This year’s crop on our KATZ Farm was much lighter than normal. Mother Nature always has the final say, and the combination of climate change and the alternate bearing nature of olive trees left us with a limited amount of oil for 2022. However, conditions at harvest were ideal and we were able to press our entire crop in less than 4 hours after harvesting each day, a very important aspect to milling really fresh olive oil. As well, all the oil was filtered within 24 hours enhancing the bright, clean flavors they now exhibit.
Chef's Pick is the choice of many of the finest restaurant chefs...who often help us "pick the olives" for this oil, and then "pick" it for their culinary pantry...hence the name! The famous Chez Panisse Restaurant and Cafe in Berkeley, Ava Gene's in Portland, use Chef's Pick in their kitchens, among many more of the best restaurants in the country.
All of our oils are authentic extra virgin, CCOF Certified organically grown, and lab tested for chemical components...our oils are the real deal!
ABOUT THE TASTE
This year's KATZ Farm Chef's Pick EVOO again shows its tradition of bold flavors and rustic charm. The nose exhibits green notes, with hints of artichoke and fennel, and nuances of herbs, sweet spice and fresh-tomato leaf. The oil has a bold flavor with a robust pungency - the pepper in the back of your throat announces its polyphenolic freshness.
The oil has a low 0.02 free acidity reading and a peroxide value of 2.5, well below the international threshold and a sign of the oil’s very high quality and structure. It has a polyphenol reading of 441…a high reading and a sign that it is full of anti-oxidants. Chef’s Pick enhances a wide array of foods, but its bold flavor will shine in seasonal pasta dishes, casseroles and stews with meats such as lamb, beef or game, and in dressings for leafy greens such as spinach and arugula. This is the perfect condiment oil for the professional and home cook.
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The flagship of our KATZ offerings and a multi gold medal winner and Best of Show winner at the prestigious California State Fair Competition, KATZ Farm Chef’s Pick is blended in small lots from oils harvested from olives grown on our KATZ Farm in the Suisun Valley (on the eastern border of Napa). Situated in the warmest microclimate in the Valley, it was the ideal setting to plant the Tuscan varietals that make up the heart of this oil each year. This historic agriculturally rich valley with loamy and sandy soils is an ideal growing region for the Italian varietals of olives planted there. Our goal each year remains the same…produce an excellent and high-quality oil that reflects the generous flavors, balance and harmony that come from good growing and harvesting practices.
KATZ Farm Organic Chef's Pick proudly bears the California Olive Oil Council's "certified extra virgin" seal, your assurance of authenticity and high-quality and 100% California Olive Oil.
KATZ Farm Organic Chef’s Pick contains the following organic olive varieties:
Frantoio 45%, Maurino 10%, these classic Tuscan cultivars lend the rustic, bold charm with grassiness and artichoke flavors.
Leccino 45%, the character of this traditional Tuscan varietal has an outstanding balanced fruitiness with spicy and grassy overtones, and a balanced pungency.
Certifications and Awards
- CCOF Certified Organic
- Cal State Fair Best in State and Show
- COOC Gold Medal Winner for Certified California Olive Oil Competition
- Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition honored us a special Award of Excellence to "producers who have achieved excellence in production of olive oil and have won over 10 Gold Medals during the last 20 years (we have won 18).
- One of the 5 Best Olive Oils in the World! Details Magazine...Thank You!