OLIO NUOVO

Olio Nuovo

December 8 & 15

Each year we take a few gallons of our fresh olive oil and bypass the filtration system to bottle a special extra virgin oil, this is Bondolio Olio Nuovo. Because Bondolio Olio Nuovo has not been filtered it is a highly sought after taste profile. We only run a very limited number of bottles of Olio Nuovo because the shelf life of this particular extra virgin olive oil is relatively short meaning the window of time to enjoy this special fruit juice is short. We will be offering tastes of this year’s olio Nuovo during our annual Christmas Events.

Fundraising event to support Angel Flight West

Our 2019 Bondolio Olio Nuovo celebration will again be a fundraising event to support the efforts of Angel Flight West. Contributions of a portion of every sale will go to this incredible organization. And, 100% of the proceeds at the the Bondolio outdoor pizza oven will go to Angel Flight West. And we will be making pizza faster than you can say ‘una margherita pizza’.

So who or what is Angel Flight West?

The ability to travel easily across the country is something that we all take for granted. However, for those whose lives are in turmoil, the financial, physical and emotional burdens can make otherwise ordinary trips extraordinarily difficult. That’s when Angel Flight West’s network of 1,400+ volunteer pilots step in. These folks fly their own planes and pay for all costs out of their own pockets, in order to make these critical journeys relatively stress free.

Angel Flight West has its headquarters in Santa Monica, California, where the most amazing people you could ever imagine work as the ground support crew managing the complexity of matching pilots with passengers, coordinating the flights, spreading the word among referral agencies, and continually recruiting new volunteers.

It’s like a small airline, further complicated by the extra care and expense of working with passengers who need our help, their families, as well as medical and hospital personnel.

The beneficiaries of the flight – the passengers and their families, the healthcare organizations – pay nothing at all, ever.

Who are these pilots, and why do they give so much of their time and money to help strangers? They’re engineers, scientists, and teachers. Doctors, lawyers, and corporate executives. Retired commercial pilots and young entrepreneurs. But as different as these men and women might be, they all have two things in common: The love of flying, and the desire to touch people’s lives.

When Angel Flight West began in 1983, the mission was so unique that it was sometimes difficult to convince healthcare providers that they could do what we promised: fly people in private planes for free. It almost seemed too good to be true. But it is true.

Bondolio is sincerely honored to be able to direct your donations to Angel Flight West

Olio Nuovo 2019. Two Sundays of December 8, 15

Olio Nuovo Event

Each year we enjoy bypassing our filtration system to make a few gallons of special extra virgin oil. This is Bondolio Olio Nuovo. Because Bondolio Olio Nuovo has not been filtered it has a relatively short shelf life – meaning, the window of time to enjoy this special fruit juice is short. We will be offering tastes of this year’s olio Nuovo during our annual Christmas Events.

Our 2019 Bondolio Olio Nuovo celebration will again be a fundraising event to support the efforts of Angel Flight West. Contributions of a portion of every sale will go to this incredible organization. And, 100% of the proceeds at the the Bondolio outdoor pizza oven will go to Angel Flight West. And we will be making pizza faster than you can say ‘una margherita pizza’.

So who or what is Angel Flight West?

The ability to travel easily across the country is something that we all take for granted. However, for those whose lives are in turmoil, the financial, physical and emotional burdens can make otherwise ordinary trips extraordinarily difficult. That’s when Angel Flight West’s network of 1,400+ volunteer pilots step in. These folks fly their own planes and pay for all costs out of their own pockets, in order to make these critical journeys relatively stress free.

Angel Flight West has its headquarters in Santa Monica, California, where the most amazing people you could ever imagine work as the ground support crew managing the complexity of matching pilots with passengers, coordinating the flights, spreading the word among referral agencies, and continually recruiting new volunteers.

It’s like a small airline, further complicated by the extra care and expense of working with passengers who need our help, their families, as well as medical and hospital personnel.

The beneficiaries of the flight – the passengers and their families, the healthcare organizations – pay nothing at all, ever.

Who are these pilots, and why do they give so much of their time and money to help strangers? They’re engineers, scientists, and teachers. Doctors, lawyers, and corporate executives. Retired commercial pilots and young entrepreneurs. But as different as these men and women might be, they all have two things in common: The love of flying, and the desire to touch people’s lives.

When Angel Flight West began in 1983, the mission was so unique that it was sometimes difficult to convince healthcare providers that they could do what we promised: fly people in private planes for free. It almost seemed too good to be true. But it is true.

Bondolio is sincerely honored to be able to direct your donations to Angel Flight West

2019 Best of Show at the California State Fair – a repeat

Bondolio wins Best of Show at the California State Fair. What happened at the California State Fair? How did Bondolio win Best of Show, TWICE? It’s really not that easy to win top honors in this prestigious competition up against the finest extra virgin olive oil in the world. During each of the competitions of 2017 and 2019 Bondolio actually had to undergo 4 separate competitions in each of those years. First, Bondolio had to wind gold as Best of Artisan EVOO (producers of less than 5,000 gallons EVOO per year). Next, the win in the Artisan competition advanced Bondolio to the next level, competition of Class. Bondolio won gold as Best of Class of olive cultivars other than the conventional California varietals. Bondolio then advanced to the next level of judging, the medium body EVOO Division. Bondolio won gold as Best of Division. The 3rd gold medal pushed Bondolio into the ultimate judging, Best of Show. Bondolio won gold as Best of Show in the California Extra Virgin Olive Oil competition. Only one Best of Show is awarded in each year’s competition. And Bondolio has achieved this honor twice. We are again honored and humbled by the results at the California State…

Best of Show in 2017 California Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition

Bondolio wins Best of Show at the California State Fair.

What happened at the California State Fair? How did Bondolio win Best of Show? It was not easy. Bondolio had to undergo 4 separate competitions. Here’s the workflow that Bondolio had to do:

First, Bondolio had to wind gold as Best of Artisan EVOO (producers of less than 5,000 gallons EVOO per year). Next, the win in the Artisan competition advanced Bondolio to the next level, competition of Class. Bondolio won gold as Best of Class of olive cultivars other than the conventional California varietals. Bondolio then advanced to the next level of judging, the medium body EVOO Division. Bondolio won gold as Best of Division. The 3rd gold medal pushed Bondolio into the ultimate judging, Best of Show. Bondolio won gold as Best of Show in the California Extra Virgin Olive Oil competition. Only one Best of Show is awarded in each year’s competition.

We are honored and humbled by the results at the California State Fair.

AFAR – America’s Tuscany & BONDOLIO

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We love all things Italian—including, of course, olive oil.

Unfortunately, according to the American Olive Oil Producers Association, as much as 75 percent of the extra virgin olive oil that is imported from Italy to the United States is unpure. The Italian Mafia is to blame: the Mob takes pure olive oil and cuts it with cheaper oils, then sells it at the higher price and pockets the extra cash.

In light of stories highlighting the health hazards of adulterated extra virgin olive oil—from the 60 Minutes exposé to author Tom Mueller’s book Extra Virginity—many Americans have started sourcing the staple ingredient domestically.

Loaded with antioxidants and healthy fats, extra virgin olive oil is now being produced in the States at a rate like never before. Last year, California, the leading American producer of olive oil, churned out four million gallons—more than 10 times the amount the state produced in 2004.

Olive trees are now also grown in Texas, Georgia, Florida, Arizona, Oregon, Alabama, and Hawaii (on the island of Maui). With so many olive orchards, Americans can find a new pastime: olive oil tasting.

Here, nine orchards that make their own EVOO and are gorgeous getaways, too.

Bondolio Olive Oil
With its red clay tile roof and decorative Italian-style clay pots, Bondolio Olive Oil looks like a slice of Italy. Karen Bond and her husband Malcolm turned this former almond farm into an olive orchard after a trip to southern Italy. Then they imported and quarantined 1,200 Sicilian trees for two years before they harvested their first crop in 2009. It’s just under an 11-mile bike ride from Davis, California, one of the nation’s best bicycle cities. Once at the farm, take a tour of the mill and orchard (offered by appointment only). Then, do an outdoor tasting of the farm’s balsamic vinegars paired with pizza made from the built-in-Tuscany wood-burning brick oven.

Parmigiano and Balsamic on the way to Bondolio

Early this morning, Karen called our friends in Modena Italy – at the end of the call a bit of heaven in the form of parmigiano and balsamic were on their way to Bondolio.

If you have not tried either of these, you are in for a Bondolio treat. A couple years ago Karen, being Karen, did a lot of tastings in the countryside around Parma & Modena and selected a couple families products as being the best in class cheese and balsamic.  Now these families are good friends and reliably send excellent product to us. If you need either or both, drop us a line and we will set some aside for you.