Travel: Living the Rich Life at Figone’s of California Olive Oil Company

July 29, 2013 adrienne shubin

Figone's of California Olive Oil Company

When you think of Sonoma Valley the first thing that usually comes to mind is wine and for good reason. This Northern California wine region is home to over fifty wineries and thousands of acres of scenic vineyards.

Sonoma Valley, California

While I highly recommend experiencing as many wineries as you please during your visit, I also suggest tasting the other regional foods that Sonoma Valley has to offer.

Figone's Olive Oil Co. in Sonoma Valley

Figone’s Olive Oil Company, located in the scenic town of Kenwood, is well-known in Sonoma Valley for their fragrant and flavorful extra virgin olive oils, pressed from olives grown on their property of over 4000 trees. They also handcraft a variety of balsamic vinegars made in the traditional Modena style.

Inside of Figone Olive Oil Company in Sonoma Valley

Visit the Figone’s of California Olive Oil Company to taste their variety of olive oils and vinegars. Let the helpful staff lead you though the tasting. They will teach you the optimal way to taste olive oils and vinegars. There is a method!

Once you’re finished picking out your favorite olive oils and balsamic vinegars, take a look around their gift shop. It’s the ideal place to pick up presents for your friends and family back home. Olive oils and vinegars make great gifts. Handmade scented olive oil soaps, Italian pottery, and lotions are available for purchase, too. There are plenty of gifts in the Figone’s tasting room to choose from.

The Owner making fresh mozzarella at Figone's Olive Oil Company in Sonoma Valley

You might be hungry after your olive oil and vinegar tasting. Why not indulge in fresh homemade mozzarella made by owner, Frank Figone himself?  Frank demonstrates how his grandmother taught him how to make mozzarella with a step-by-step process that results in some fantastic tasting cheese.

Frank makes about a dozen balls of mozzarella during each demonstration that are available for purchase to take home or as part of a delicious Italian dish with tomatoes, basil, proscuitto and grilled bread. I suggest doing both!

Fresh Mozzarella at Figone Olive Oil Company in Sonoma Valley

Want even more fantastic Italian food? Order up some grilled romaine with Caesar dressing, a lamb, beef or chicken kabob or any number of sandwiches made with homemade flatbread from Cibo di Strada, an Italian street food company that operates adjacent to Figone’s Olive Oil Company.

Cibo di Strada Italian Street Food in Sonoma Valley

There really is more to taste in the wine country than wine. Try something different next time you come to Sonoma Valley and visit Figone’s Olive Oil Company. They are open seven days a week, located at 9580 Sonoma Highway in Kenwood, California and can be reached at (707) 282 – 9092.

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Adrienne Shubin of the The Rich Life (on a budget) blog lives in the beautiful Sonoma wine country in northern California with her fire chief husband, three great step-kids and four pups. Besides writing her blog and a feature for Skimbaco, she volunteers with the elderly and works at a well-known winery. The Rich Life (on a budget) highlights her experiences, thoughts, things and people that make her life rich including travel, fashion, beauty and more. Adrienne strives to live each day as richly as possible and wants to show you how you can live your rich life, too. Connect with Adrienne on Facebook.

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