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Exploring virgin olive oils at Cedar House Sport Hotel

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Courtesy Kathy Scopin, First Trip to ItalyKathy Scopin, founder of First Trip to Italy visits the capital city of the Province of Ravenna in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Scopin is a tour director who organizes memorable Italian vacations every fall.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Did you know the Greeks and Romans used olive oil in lotions, as fuel, for fragrance and to aid various health ailments from curing stomach aches to minimizing hair loss? In addition to drizzling it on greens and sauteing, how do you take advantage of and#8220;liquid goldand#8221;?

If you are curious about the value of what youand#8217;re purchasing and how it compares to other options, including those on the supermarket shelf and available through regional virgin olive oil producers, prepare to smell, slurp, savor and experience a variety of California virgin olive oils at Cedar House Sport Hotel Sunday, Jan. 22.

Discuss uses in and out of the kitchen as well as health benefits while learning from passionate industry professionals and experts.

Sue Langstaff, an accomplished sensory scientist who helps olive oil producers create the best oils by assessing the sensory attributes of their products, is a taster on the UC Davis Olive Center panel and will guide an informed tasting of California virgin olive oils at the event. The UC Davis Olive Center was the first entity in North America to establish a tasting panel with the authority to certify the quality of olive oils (less than five dozen panels worldwide are accredited). They have the expertise to provide descriptive analyses of oils and certify olive oils free of defects to earn the and#8220;extra virginand#8221; rating. The panel includes 19 members and 12 apprentices.

As attendees explore olive oils, Langstaff will share insights on aroma, texture and flavor and address tasting techniques as the group explores a range of oils from peppery to fruity and floral. In addition, Truckee resident Kathy Scopin, who took advantage of her natural aptitudes and trained to become an apprentice on the UC Davis Olive Center tasting panel, will share her experiences training as an apprentice. Since her bike ride from the Adriatic Sea to the Mediterranean in 1996, Scopin has been traveling to Italy and founded First Trip to Italy to share her love of Italian food, culture and shopping with others.

Lucero Olive Oils will be on hand to share interesting stories, the production process and pictures of their groves in Corning, Calif. There are hundreds of olive varieties, and Corning has some of the oldest olive trees in the state where many century-old trees flourish in the Lucero groves.

The California Olive Oil Council reports approximately 65 million gallons of olive oil are consumed in the U.S. and#8212; eight times the volume of 20 years ago. The opportunity for California olive growers and producers expands as informed consumers understand the difference in quality and taste between various grades of olive oil. The event is for interested residents and visitors including foodies and health conscious consumers. Virgin olive oils from California Olive Ranch, Lucero and Mad Dog Mesa, among others, will be included in the tasting.

and#8220;Everyone who attends the olive oil tasting and presentations will leave as a more informed user after tasting mild, medium and robust oils and exploring hallmarks of California virgin olive oils with professionals,and#8221; said event organizer Nicole Cheslock. She added, and#8220;The event kicks off our winter event series which is inspired by the natural world. Each event is designed to spark the imagination with a fun night out in Truckee.and#8221;

For more information, call 530-548-5010 or visit the events tab at http://www.nicolecheslock.com.