Long Meadow Ranch Releases 2008 Vintage
Prato Lungo and Napa Valley Select Extra Virgin Olive Oils
July, 2008, Rutherford, CA
The 2008-vintage Prato Lungo ultra premium, extra virgin, estate grown, produced and bottled olive oil has been released by Long Meadow Ranch Winery. With an acidity of .11 percent, nearly 5 times below the .50-percent-or-less standard required for the extra-virgin designation, the handcrafted oil presents a fresh nose with green grass, wheat, green apple, and a touch of citrus. The entry into the mouth is silky smooth with fresh clean flavors and a peppery aftertaste that reinforce the oil's role as the perfect condiment or finishing oil for fresh vegetables.
Long Meadow Ranch’s restored 130 year-old historic orchards provide the fruit for the Prato Lungo, which translates to “long meadow” in Italian. Long acclaimed by noted international olive-oil authority, Anne Dolamore, as “California’s Best Olive Oil” in her book A Buyer’s Guide to Olive Oil, Prato Lungo is one of just six oils in the world to earn Dolamore’s “Top Recommendation.”
Long Meadow Ranch owner Ted Hall was invited to appear with Ms. Dolamore at the International Association of Culinary Professionals 2008 annual conference in New Orleans to lead a seminar on the making, tasting, health benefits and uses for fine olive oils. Prato Lungo was the featured oil provided for participants to taste.
Prato Lungo was recently featured as the “finest” in “Fine, Finer, Finest: World-class Olive Oil Isn’t Always Imported,” Best Life magazine, June/July, 2008.
World-renown authority Judy Ridgway has awarded Prato Lungo “Four Stars” in her latest book, Best Olive Oil Buys Round the World.
Long Meadow Ranch also crafts Napa Valley Select extra virgin olive oil as an everyday companion to the Prato Lungo. Made of a blend of oils from newer plantings at Long Meadow Ranch and also olives raised by organic-farming neighbors (prominently including Spottswoode and Frog's Leap), Napa Valley Select is perfect for leafy salad greens, with bread, or with basil in a fresh pesto. The Manzanillo olives included in the blend provide a pungent, yet rustic, taste that goes well with greens and adds a rustic feel that is perfect with many Tuscan recipes. The Napa Valley Select not only has great flavors, but with an acidity of just .15 percent it, also achieves a technical standard that exceeds many of the best oils from Tuscany and Umbria.
The 2008-vintage Long Meadow Ranch olive oils were picked in November and December of 2007. The world-class Pieralisi olive oil equipment at Long Meadow Ranch features a traditional eight-ton Italian granite olive crusher and the latest two-phase horizontal decanting system.
“One of the keys to making extraordinary olive oil is the capability of pressing olives within a few hours of picking. We preserve the freshness of the fruit by processing immediately with our state-of-the-art Pieralisi equipment right here on the Ranch,” said owner Ted Hall.
Long Meadow Ranch does not use herbicides or pesticides and its products are organically grown. Napa Valley Select and Prato Lungo are certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).
Prato Lungo is available in a limited supply for $49 per 500-ml. bottle. The Napa Valley Select is available for $20 per 375-ml bottle.
The oils are available through the website at www.longmeadowranch.com or by calling toll-free 877-NAPA-OIL (877-627-2645).
The oils may also be purchased seasonally at the St. Helena Farmer’s Market (Friday mornings at Crane Park in St. Helena) and at Long Meadow Ranch’s LMR Rutherford Gardens, located at 1796 South St. Helena Highway, Rutherford, CA, Wednesday through Friday from 1:00 to 6:00pm and Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Long Meadow Ranch has been known as such since 1872 when it was established as an original "patent grant" ranch signed over by President Ulysses S. Grant. Having been home to a variety of uses during its long history, Long Meadow Ranch continues to grow and prosper through Ted, Laddie and Christopher Hall's stewardship.
The Halls continue to restore and preserve Napa Valley's oldest olive groves, as well as add new plantings of olive trees and vineyards. They have also brought cattle, poultry, and vegetables back into commercial production. Appaloosa horse breeding, along with an extensive composting operation, round out the integrated farming activities at the Ranch.
"Excellence through Responsible Farming" is the motto of Long Meadow Ranch, bolstered by the belief that world-class products can be produced using sustainable, organic farming methods. Long Meadow Ranch does not use herbicides or pesticides and its products are organically grown and certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers
Contact: Chris Hall
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