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Published on June 8th, 2015 | by Greg


Grove 45 Olive Oil: Truly Napa

California agriculture is in the news lately, and so many readers may be surprised to hear that many of the farms are alive and well. Many of the best crops from our most populous state haven’t been yet hit too hard- grapes are hardy, and wines continue to flourish, though it does become harder for producers to avoid raising prices. Olive oil might not be one of the first things you think of either, but many of America’s best come from the West Coast as well.

Take Grove 45  Extra Virgin Olive Oil for example. Located in the famous Napa Valley within the Chiles Valley District AVA, the company isn’t that old, dating back only to 2005. But the story of it’s creation is interesting- with the two women co-founders basically deciding that they weren’t ready for retirement after all. Olives and EVOO aren’t easy work- each is hand-farmed and harvest- and the founders still do the labeling among many other tasks.

We spotted the olive oil in ABC Home in New York City recently, and the bottles immediately caught our eyes. Delightful and solid aluminum packaging with their raised pewter logo looks great on your counter, and make for a hard to beat gift. The oil inside comes from a blend of ~60% green to 40% black fruits, with a grove made up of 300 Tuscan varieties, including Frantoio, Leccino, Maurino and Pendolino varieties, and 200 Sicilian Noccelara de Belice trees. Brighter green than many olive oils, it shines in a cup, and brings out the best in any bread, crackers, cheese or fresh pastas. It has a fruity front with a bit of a peppery kick at the end, fresh and full-bodied, with a distinctive flavor profile you don’t get from store oils.

Available in two sizes, expect to spend around $50 for the 18 ounce bottle online, or a ten ounce bottle for around $35.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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