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SLO-made olive oil wins top award at Central Coast competition

Robbie Robbins, who owns Robbins Family Farm, holds a Manzanillo olive, a variety that tends to be large and plump.
Robbie Robbins, who owns Robbins Family Farm, holds a Manzanillo olive, a variety that tends to be large and plump. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

One San Luis Obispo olive oil took home a top award at the fifth annual Central Coast Olive Oil Competition, out of more than 100 entries from across the state.

The Robbins Family Farm’s ascolano olive oil won Best of Show in the medium intensity category out of 57 other entries in the same category, according to a news release.

“We are really very fortunate and very humbled by the win,” said Robbins Family Farm owner Robbie Robbins. “The ascolano oil is a really unique oil. There aren’t a lot of people that grow it it’s really just a delicious oil.”

Other best of show awards went to The Olive Press of Sonoma for its picual and sevillano varieties, Moonshadow Grove of Oroville for its organic ascolano oil and Calivirgin-Coldani Olive Ranch of Lodi for its arbequina oregano oil.

Fourteen other San Luis Obispo County olive oils earned the highest possible ranking — gold — and three other farms won Best of Class awards.

These included Canto Sol of Paso Robles for its arbequina olive oil, Oliveto Ranch of Templeton for its sevillano olive oil and San Paulo Olive Farm of Atascadero for its frantoio-leccino olive oil blend.

All winning entries will be featured at the California Mid-State Fair in July. For the full 2014 results, visit www.centralcoastwinecomp.com/olive-oil/.

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