Announcing Our New Bottle!

Our pleasing amphora-like bottle has served us well for more than a decade. For some time now, we’ve had an eye out for something that would be as beautiful, and yet address a few shortcomings of the shape. You’ll find that our new bottle also has an elegant shape but with better stability, a dripless pour spout under the easy-to-remove cap, and an opaque covering that completely protects the oil from any light. The familiar label design will remain, and because it won’t have to be silk-screened, we’ll be able to release the new vintage oils weeks earlier. We’re delighted to have found a beautiful bottle that looks great and offers all these improvements.

We will begin shipping these new bottles very soon, starting with the Mistral and Sierra.

 

A Hot Summer

It has been a hot summer here in Northern California. This has caused the development of the olives to be several weeks behind but it looks like we had a good fruit set so we are hopeful for a bountiful harvest this year. Gianni and Diana have been out carefully pruning the trees in the hot sun. This helps even out the yield from year to year, keeps the tree healthy, and aids in preventing disease. They are also out setting the olive fly traps, thankfully, the fly is less of a problem this year than in years past. It is hard work but very rewarding, what more could you ask for?

Apollo Wins Gold in New York!

Our Mistral and Sierra both won gold medals in the New York International Olive Oil competition held at the end of April this year. Both oils won golds at all three of the major competitions this year. We typically do not enter our Gold Series oils into competitions because we make very small quantities therefore you will not see them with medal citations on our web site. However if you read our customer reviews on the Gold Series you will find that they are many people’s favorites.

Apollo Wins All Golds – Again!

We are very pleased to announce that the two flagship oils we always enter in competitions – the Sierra and the Mistral – both won gold medals at both the Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition and at the California State Fair Olive Oil Competition. Soon, we’ll hear the results from the New York International Olive Oil Competition as well.

Our Gold Series mono-varietals also garnered highly respected praise in a small private tasting with Pier Paolo Arca, an internationally recognized olive oil expert and Panel Head for the Montiferru Olive Oil Competition in Sardinia Italy. He had come to California for the hard work of judging dozens of olive oils at the Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition. After all that tasting, he remarked that our Aglandau stood out as among the finest he’d tasted here this year.

Each year at the end of the milling season, we taste every one of our 50-gallon barrels and select the best four barrels to be our limited release mono-varietal Gold Series oils. There’s not enough to enter in competitions, but you can know that they are the best of the best we produce. To learn more about these oils and to purchase visit www.apollooliveoil.com.

North Sierra Wine Trail

This spring’s annual North Sierra Wine Trail will be the weekend of April 22nd-23rd, from 12 to 5 pm. Experience 12 boutique wineries nestled in our little stretch of the Sierra foothills between Oroville and Dobbins. Taste small batch artisan wine making at its finest. Meet the real owners and wine makers for answers to all your questions. We’ll be there too, sampling our new oils and sharing our story! Visit www.northsierrawinetrail.com for more information, tickets, and trail maps.

Tip: We recommend checking out the lovely AirBnBs on the Oregon House/Dobbins end of the trail, for a restful mini-vacation out in the country.

Our New Oils Are Now Available

We are very pleased with how harmonious all our oils turned out this year. We were able to achieve high antioxidant levels while still maintaining a nice balance between pungency and fruitiness.

Our Mistral has a nice, light intensity, making it deliciously French in style. The Sierra has its usual lively intensity coming from the California mission variety.

Our Gold Series offerings are the same as last year: A Tunisian variety, Barouni, two French varieties, Aglandau and Grossane; and an Italian variety, Coratina. All these varieties do very well growing in the Mediterranean style climate of California.

We still have last year’s Sierra and Mistral on sale at $16.95. They are still tasting very fresh while having mellowed a little bit.

Holiday Special

With Apollo Olive Oil, you can send gifts by entering your good wishes in the message box during the checkout process and we will send your gift with a nicely printed card in our standard 100% recyclable packaging.

Now, in keeping with our Holiday tradition, when you place an order over $100 just enter the SUPERSAVER coupon code for a 15% discount. That’s a perfect way to stock your pantry AND do your holiday shopping.

Our gift to you: A 15% savings PLUS free shipping on any order over $100 by using the coupon code SUPERSAVER.

Good from Today through New Year’s Eve!

New Salute Box

We are pleased to present our most economical organic oil – the SALÚTE – in a new, smaller 5 liter box. The oil is protected from oxygen by its special EVOH bag, which is better than other food-grade plastics at keeping air out and flavors in. The box protects the oil from light and includes a convenient handle and easy-to-use spigot. We expect many of you to appreciate these features in a package that will easily fit in your pantry.

Healthful and Beautiful

We all know the the olive tree supplies us with healthful olives during harvest but it is equally important in the simple everyday moments of the growing season. There is something very peaceful about a well maintained traditional olive orchard. Italian landscape architect, Alice Collantoni, says that olive trees have become the most requested tree for her country home designs. They are evergreens that provide shade all year long that require comparatively little maintenance. Their gnarled trunks seem to echo our own lives where we convert our daily struggles into a healthy beauty. We connect to the olive tree because it gives us so much in all areas of life and asks for very little. Experiencing the beauty of the olive tree is one of the many reasons why we love what we do.

Below is a small olive grove in the background used within a California xeriscape with manzanita, rosemary, and a ginko tree in the foreground.


Sierra is the Best of USA

Our Sierra was one of only five oils to receive an Honorable Mention for Excellence at the international Japanese Olive Oil Price competition, jooprize.com, and was also selected as BEST of USA. We’re thrilled because this competition has a very high bar – the tasting panel is composed of world renowned olive oil experts, and every judge tastes every oil – so the examination for quality is very rigorous indeed.

2016 Award Summary

Mistral
Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition 2016
Best Of Class, Gold Medal
California State Fair Competition 2016
Silver Medal

Sierra
New York International Olive Oil Competition 2016
Gold Medal
Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition 2016
Best Of Class, Gold Medal
California State Fair Competition 2016
Silver Medal
Japan Olive Oil Prize 2016
Best of USA, Honorable Mention

Taste Apollo at the California State Fair
We’ll be pouring and selling these oils at the State Fair on July 8th and 9th. Hope to see you there!.

Customer Reviews Now Available

Our website store now has reviews, so you can see what others think about our oils. Two weeks after placing an order, an email goes out encouraging you to review one of the oils you bought. You’ll have a chance to review each oil you buy, and you’ll get a 10% discount code for future purchases. When you submit a review of any particular oil, you won’t get another email about reviewing it until the next vintage is released. If you don’t want to receive more of these emails, you can always click Unsubscribe.

Your reviews validate Apollo’s healthy and great tasting olive oils more convincingly than any of our explanations can, and sharing your experiences makes it easier for new people to choose an oil they’ll like. We really appreciate all the help you can give each other. Thank You!