Extra virgin olive oils from Italy and California fared well in the 13th annual Los Angeles International Northern Hemisphere Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition.
Oleo de la Marchia, Italy, – Central Mono Cultivar, Ascolana, Marche received the Marco Mugelli Prize, an award given by judges to the top of all the best of show extra virgin olive oils.
Named after the late internationally recognized agricultural scientist, engineer, olive oil expert and founder of the National Association of Olive Oil Tasters (ANAPOO) in Italy, Dr. Marco Mugelli, the prize exemplifies the “best of the best,” according to Darrell Corti, chairman of the LAIEVOOC. The winner also received a $1,000 cash award.
The 480 oils tasted in March were grown in the Northern Hemisphere. Southern Hemisphere oils will be judged in July. The split in the competition, a first this year, was incorporated so that extra virgin olive oils grown in both regions of the world could be tasted at their prime.
The 2012 best of show winners are:
- International – Delicate: Murgo, Italy – Islands Mono Cultivar, Nocellara Etnea, Sicily
- International – Medium: Oleo de la Marchia, Italy – Central Mono Cultivar, Ascolana, Marche
- International – Robust: Le Tre Colonne, Italy – South Blends, Salvatore Stallone, DOP Terra Di Bari
- Domestic – Delicate: Berkeley Olive Grove 1913, California Mission Reserve, Organic, Late Harvest, Butte County
- Domestic – Medium: The Olive Press, Arbequina, Yolo County, 2011
- Domestic – Robust: Chacewater Olive Mill, North Coast Blends, Tuscan Blend, 2012
The Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition has grown from a 25-entry beginning to a truly spectacular array of the finest international oils. The list of Northern Hemisphere countries represented is impressive: Croatia, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Morocco, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and the United States.
“Our competition has become well known for its great competence,” said Corti. “Our judges have a great deal of experience and are talented tasters.”
The competition itself is not open to the public, but they will have an opportunity to taste the winning olive oils at FUN Decanted, a wine, spirits, beer and evoo festival June 23 at Fairplex and at the 2012 L.A. County Fair, where winning olive oils will be featured at the Fair’s Wine, Beer & Spirits Marketplace.
The Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition is judged in two categories, domestic and international, and separated according to regional designations and fruitiness intensity levels. The competition also includes flavored olive oils.