Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Friday, March 21, 2008

U.C, Davis Wrings Last Chemical From The Grape

U.C. Davis must have wrung the last chemical from the grape, because it seem to be looking for virgin territory. According to Laura Kastenbaum, AP writer, Davis is opening an olive oil center right next to the Enology and Viticulture building. My olive oil center is the Olive Pit in Corning, California. It is one of my favorite stops on the trip from Seattle to San Francisco. The Olive Pit is a fun place almost like a Disney theme park for foodies. There are dozens and dozens of varieties of olives - some for munching, some for Martinis, some from exotic places like Morocco. The dried cured black olives from Morocco are an all time bargain. There are other goodies such as nuts and dried fruit, pickled veggies such as Okra and Green Beans and an olive oil tasting bar. Ah, there's the rub. Not enough California olive oil, says Davis. They want to foster increased production of olive oil in California. More power to them, but let's hope that they don't encourage the production of an oily liquid , so chemically manipulated, that it is only suitable for bio-diesel.

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