Another favorite stop on the Sonoma Food Tour is Figone Olive Oil. They make amazing locally grown and produced olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Once you have them, you won't be able to go back to buying the bulk bottles at the grocery store. Below is a little more detail on how Olive Oils and Balsamics are traditionally made. Enjoy!
OLIVE OIL MAKING
The top olive oil-producing countries are (unsurprisingly) all in the Mediterranean region: Spain, Greece, Italy, Tunisia, and Portugal. However, the state of California, with a similar climate to the Mediterranean, produces around 4 million gallons per year.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: is the highest quality and most expensive olive oil available. The oil is extracted by grinding and pressing olives; no other chemicals, heat, or processes are used.
Virgin Olive Oil: is the second highest quality of olive oil, one step down in quality and price from EVO