It’s Olive Season in Wine Country

Although Wine County is best known for its grapes, it is also home to a variety of other crops. Olives are popular in the region and the season to harvest this bountiful fruit takes place during winter. From artisanal oils to side dishes that complement a harvest feast, cuisine using the finest oils find their way to tables throughout the region and beyond. It’s olive season in Sonoma County, so get out and enjoy the bounty of winter in Wine Country.

The largest celebration is the Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, which runs through January and February across Sonoma Valley. Enjoy such events as the Olive Odyssey, Olive Blessings, Martini Madness, Curing Workshops and more! The highlight of the festival is the Annual Feast of the Olive Dinner on January 30th at Sonoma’s Ramekins Culinary School, which will include 19 chefs, 5 courses, 3 menus, resulting in one fantastic feast. A complete listing of all the festival events can be found here.

If you’d like to experience more olive activities, here are a number of local establishments throughout Wine Country.

McEvoy Ranch
When you think of olives images of the picturesque McEvoy Ranch come to mind. Sitting on 550 acres in the rolling hills of west Marin County, McEvoy Ranch was once a dairy farm and now boasts 80 acres of organic olive trees making it one of the nation’s largest producers of certified-organic, estate-grown olive oil. You can visit by-appointment for group tastings and wine pairings or enjoy specialty farm tours to watch the pressing and learn about the process;  they even have milling days, which include a community milling day where you BYOO (bring your own olives). Visit their website to learn more.

Benziger Family Winery
Benziger’s Olive Orchards comprise a large portion of their vast wine estate and contribute to the overall health of the entire property. The olive orchards coexist with a number of other plantings, such as wine, garden and other forms of agriculture in order to retain a balance of this productive land. Artisanal olive oils are produced and made available in their tasting room. Visit their website to learn more.

The Olive Press
The Olive Press was the very first olive mill in Sonoma, California and is now known as the most highly awarded olive oil producer in the nation. They are committed to producing the highest quality of olive oil along with an array of handmade artisanal products while serving the pressing needs of the local community. Learn more about The Olive Press here.

Figone’s California Olive Oil Co.
Although their olive orchards are located outside of Sonoma, the fruit is milled, blended and bottled on-site at a Sonoma Valley industrial mill. The Figone family has been in the olive business for over a century, having pioneered such techniques as “diversified farming” in the United States. Diversified farming is the inter-planting of rows of olive trees with rows of grapes. They offer year-round tasting as well as milling for local growers. Learn more about Figone’s California Olive Oil Company here.

Cheers to the winter harvest in Wine Country!

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Introducing Mayacama Uncorked

It has been an exciting year at Mayacama and we are thrilled to introduce you to our new Member Magazine – Mayacama Uncorked, a quarterly digital publication showcasing the lifestyle, amenities and recreational opportunities members enjoy in Wine Country.

In the first issue of Mayacama Uncorked, we explore a number of topics including Club Life, Fresh Fare Dining, Membership Perks, Member Amenities, as well as Golf News and Tips. Get ready to mark your calendars in the coming year, upcoming events will be featured in future issues making it easy to fill your annual calendar with a taste of the very best of the Sonoma lifestyle.

In Club Life, the Vintner Program is explored, showcasing World-class vintages, the heart of the wine experience at Mayacama. Members enjoy access to limited vintages as well as invitations to member-only events. Wine Director, Jeff McCarthy, offers members a variety of tasting venues and the ability to customize a tasting for any occasion.

Fresh Fare showcases Executive Chef Scott Pikey and his passion for incorporating farm fresh, local ingredients in his delicious culinary endeavors. Watch for an upcoming interview with Chef Pikey for a behind-the-scenes look at his philosophy on food, life and more.

Golf New & Tips offers a wrap-up on the tournament season with the Pro-Member Invitational. For those of you looking to generate more power in your downswing, Mayacama’s PGA First Assistant Golf Professional and TPI Certified Golf Instructor, Andrew Black, offers some video advice for a helpful drill to improve your game.

Get your smartphones ready to capture your favorite local scenes. We’ve just launched an annual photo contest at Mayacama! Share a picture of your visual journey and experiences at Mayacama by using #MayacamaScene for a chance to win giveaways throughout the coming year.

The premiere issue concludes with a wrap-up of the annual Member Holiday Party and a warm welcome to our newest members. Take a peek at the first issue here.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Michelin Guide to Wine Country Restaurants

The Michelin Guide recently released its 2016 stars for the San Francisco Bay Area, and Wine Country ranked very high compared to the rest of the region.  When planning your next stay at Mayacama, add these local stars to your list and experience some of the very best fine dining in Wine Country.

Three Stars

The French Laundry
Thomas Keller’s flagship restaurant, a uniquely American restaurant whose inspiration lies in the countryside of France.

The Restaurant at Meadowood
A modern American restaurant meant to speak to and positively impact the Napa Valley community while delivering a singular dining experience for every guest.

One Star

Auberge du Soleil
Executive Chef Robert Curry’s inspired cuisine reflects the natural diversity and rich ingredients of California’s Napa Valley and draws from regional produce, accented with Mediterranean flavors.

Bouchon
Authentic French bistro fare with Thomas Keller’s unfailing attention to detail in both ingredients and presentation.

Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
Ever-changing menu which relies exclusively on not only what is fresh and of the moment in Sonoma County, but on what is perfect, unexpected and delightful.

La Toque
Chef Ken Frank’s menu evolves constantly to show off each season’s finest ingredients from a network of local farmers and purveyors who supply the restaurant with some of the finest foods in the world.

Madrona Manor
Stylish, high-end cuisine in a cozy, old-world setting, which captures the rich culture of wine, food and nature inherent to the region.

Solbar
Executive Chef Brandon Sharp turns farm-fresh, seasonal ingredients into unique, flavorful and surprising dishes that reflect the best Napa Valley has to offer.

Terra
Chef-owner Hiro Sone wows patrons with his cross-cultural menus, presented in an enchantingly rustic retreat that suggests Tuscany.

Terrapin Creek
A casual neighborhood spot where friends and neighbors can gather to enjoy great local and international cuisine.

Read more: Get the Inside Scoop which lists all the Bay Area Michelin-ranked restaurants.

Bon Appétit.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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