fortunate to grow up in the same home my father and my late grandfather grew up
in. Although they lived in a few homes
over the years and the house had changed ownership between my grandfather and I,
there is still quite a bit of history in the bones of this late 1920’s
home. The look of the house has been
remodeled a few times from a little house on the prairie style to more recently
a Tuscan Mediterranean look. There are many olive trees scattered around
the estate for aesthetic purposes; some of them older than our grandparents and
some of them only 20-30 years old. I actually counted for the first time and there are 52 olive trees. Year
after year we let the olives fall to the ground and clean up after them. Some years someone will ask to pick them for
canning but they usually get tired of picking after 2-3 trees. After ten years in the olive oil business my
father finally had all of the trees handpicked and asked me to mill them into
oil. It was only about one ton of olives
so much to my chagrin, as olive miller I wasn’t looking forward to separating this small batch
because it takes me just as long to mill ten tons of olives into oil as it does
one. I did, however, and to my surprise
this motley crew of varieties (some predominantly eating/canning varieties and some
oil) produced pretty tasty oil. There
are some Frantoio olives, and some classic California Mission. Some very large Barouni olives which are a variety grown almost exclusively in Tunisia and there must
be at least a few Ascolano trees because its signature floral taste comes
through in the finished product. This small batch of oil which we are so witty
and appropriately calling the
Coldani Estate Blend
is actually a very beautiful oil and one I think will
appeal to many taste palates. It has a very
strong floral note but I would consider it between a delicate and medium tasting oil so
it won’t overpower dishes you use it on. Sauté fish or vegetables or drizzle over a fresh summer salad. It will also compliment strong flavors such
as Gorgonzola and bleu cheeses or smoked salmon. Without further ado; we are releasing our
first refill program extra virgin olive oil sold exclusively from our Lodi
location: 13950 N. Thornton Road, Lodi CA. If you would like more
information on how to get this oil and how our refill program works please CLICK HERE
Photo's: Top Photo shows original ranch house built in the late 1920's and a Coldani family gathering.
Carlo "Charles" Coldani (1859-1942) and his wife Ermelinda Ghilardi Coldani (1868-1948) in front of our Ranch House.
Barouni olive trees. The olives on these trees can reach sizes slightly smaller than a golf ball.
More Barouni olive tree.
This is how the "ranch house" looks today after a second complete remodel. It was terra cotta colored when I lived in it which turned pink in the sun and then later painted blue with white trim. About ten years ago we did a complete exterior remodel to change it to a Tuscan look.