EDITOR’S PICK OLIVE OIL REVOLUTION > MIKE & JULIE COLDANI
Coldani Olive Ranch 1806 W. Kettleman Lane, Lodi (209) 334-0527 www.calivirgin.com
Just like winegrapes helped put Lodi on the map, so have San Joaquin’s artisan olive oils, much thanks to growers like Mike and Julie Coldani and their family. What started out as Mike’s senior project at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo became the seed of a whole new generation at Coldani Olive Ranch. Now with almost 100 acres of olive trees, Coldani is in the third harvest of their top-notch Calivirgin extra virgin olive oil, adding Lusty Lemon, Bountiful Basil, and Hot Virgin Jalapeno flavored oils to their production this year. “At this point, it’s really about educating that there are differences between olive oils,” says Mike. “We encourage California oils in general and all the fresh oils you can get here—many of the imported olive oils at the market have gone bad before you even bring them home. I’m the first to say ‘You don’t have to buy our oil, but buy California-grown’.” The Coldanis are working hard for olive oils to become as distinctive as wine: different varietals of olives, and which flavor you associate with which olive oils. Mike & Julie’s Picks Bud’s Beef from Bud’s Seafood, Stockton. Many people don't know that you can pick up this marinated beef and cook it yourself on the BBQ. Seasoning spice at Fiori’s Butcher Shoppe, Lodi. Good on almost anything, friends from out of town are always calling to get more. Stroller ﬁt/baby boot camp, Lodi. Organized by Leigh Hobson, this ﬁtness and strength class is designed for mothers with infants or toddlers.
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