Silver Medal Winner Nov. 2016
Welcome to Dos Aguilas Olive Oil. We are an estate grown olive grove located in beautiful Santa Cruz County. We grow five Tuscan varietals; Leccino, Maurino, Moraiolo, Frantoio and Pendolino. Each are added to our blend. In March of 2016 we were awarded the Gold Medal for Central Coast Blends at the world's biggest olive oil competition; the Los Angeles Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition. In 2014 we were awarded the gold medal/Best in Class for Medium Tuscan Blends for North Coast Blends of California. Dos Aguilas has won a gold medal for three of the last five years. Our November 2016 oil was awarded the silver medal at this year's LA Competition which awards points based on blind tasting by a panel of trained sensory evaluators.
The first of our olive trees were planted in 1999 and with subsequent plantings we currently have 600 trees growing in the temperate Pleasant Valley in Aptos/Corralitos. The climate in Santa Cruz county is unique in that the cool, foggy summers create an olive oil that is not as robust or pungent as the Tuscan olive oils grown in hotter climates.
This year's olive crop was harvested on November 7 & 8, 2016 and milled on site by Mill on Wheels. Testing at Baker Wine and Grape Analysis has determined a free fatty acidity of 0.04 percent of oleic acid. The standard set by the California Olive Oil Council is .50 and the International Standard is .80 percent. Our test results indicate our extra virgin olive oil of the highest quality. Sensory evaluation gave us high points too.
Our oil is available at El Salchichero in Santa Cruz, Sunnyside Produce in Soquel, Corralitos Market, Pure Health in Aptos, Marianne's Ice Cream in Seacliff, Seascape Foods and Crossroads Books in Watsonville. It is also the local olive oil of choice by owner/chef Brad Briske at Home Restaurant in Soquel. He likes to use it to finish many of his dishes with a dribble or two.
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