KATZ ORGANIC CHEF'S PICK EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL 500 ml $26
From Our KATZ Farm, Suisun Valley, CA
OUR BEST-SELLING PRODUCT...WITH OVER 20 GOLD MEDALS!
It's a winner! Our organic, multi-gold-medal winning EVOO from our KATZ Farm in California’s Suisun Valley was harvested in October and November 2014. 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. Chef's Pick remains the choice for many of the finest restaurant chefs...who often help us harvest this oil each year, and then "pick" if for their culinary pantry...hence the name!
Chef's Pick EVO named "One Of The Five Best Oils In The World" by Details Magazine...a humbling honor indeed!
About The Taste
This year's KATZ Organic Chef's Pick Extra Virgin Olive Oil continues its tradition of bold flavors and rustic charm. The nose catches grassiness, with hints of artichoke and fennel, with nuances of herbs and sweet spice. This year’s oil has balanced flavor with a robust pungency - the pepper in the back of your throat announces its polyphenolic freshness. Note: this past year was an intense drought year in California and we believe the heightened flavor of the oil this harvest is a direct result of the “stress” of the trees and soils from this weather event. Olive trees are generally drought tolerant, and will, when water deficient, concentrate the oils creating more pungency and fruitiness...and that is what has occurred!
The oil has a VERY low 0.17 free acidity reading and a peroxide value of 6.2, well below the international threshold and a sign of the oil’s very high quality and structure.
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 at the prestigious L.A. International Olive Oil Competition, KATZ Chef’s Pick is blended in small lots from oils harvested from olives grown on our certified organic KATZ Farm in the Suisun Valley (on the eastern border of Napa). 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.
Harvested October 28th - November 14th 2014.
KATZ 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 Organic Chef’s Pick contains the following organic olive varieties:
Frantoio and Maurino...40%, these classic Tuscan cultivars lend the rustic, bold charm with grassiness and artichoke flavors.
Leccino...40%, the character of this traditional Tuscan varietal has an outstanding balanced fruitiness with spicy and grassy overtones, and a mild to soft pungency.
Taggiasca and Casaliva...20%, these varieties are native to the Liguria and Lombardy regions of Italy, respectively. They are noted for their soft and persistent fruitiness with sweet overtones producing a lush mouth feel.
Certifications and Awards
- California Olive Oil Council (COOC): Chef's Pick certified Extra Virgin & 100% California Grown
- California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF): Chef's Pick is Certified Organic
- COOC Gold Medal Winner for Certified California Olive Oil Competition
- Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition 9-Time Gold Medal Winner
- Yolo County Fair Olive Oil Competition Multiple Gold Medal Winner