MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA – Lucero Olive Oil reinforces its leadership in the growing California Olive Oil industry, receiving top awards at one of the most prestigious olive oil competitions in the U.S. – the California Olive Oil Council (COOC) Competition. Bringing their total award count to a record breaking 215 medals.
Lucero’s Manzanillo Extra Virgin Olive Oil was presented with a Gold Medal and awarded Best in Show for a large producer. Professional tasters describe this oil as robust with an intense fruit and big pepper finish, making it the perfect pairing for red meats and summer grilling.
Lucero Olive Oil is also the producer of the most awarded extra virgin olive oil in the country, Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which again received a gold medal at the prestigious COOC competition. “Our Ascolano Olive Oil is unique with amazing tropical notes of peaches and apricots,” says Lucero. “This flavor profile is what makes customers reach for more and why it continues to wow judges year after year.”
Relatively new to the award scene is the company’s Anthony’s Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This robust blend was developed in honor of Lucero patriarch Anthony Lucero. A traditional Tuscan formulation with California-gown varietals, it produces an oil with strong fruit aromas and an assertive peppery finish. Anthony’s Blend was awarded the gold award at the COOC competition. Also receiving Gold Medal awards were Lucero's Corning Blend, Tehama Blend and Sanders Blend. Receiving Silver medals were Lucero's Sevillano and Miller's Blend EVOO's.
In addition to the prestigious medals, lead miller, Larry Treat received the first annual Miller’s Recognition award for a large producer. “We are passionate and deeply committed to making the finest extra virgin olive oil in the U.S.,” says Lucero. “Our milling crew is one of the best in the country and our Mediterranean climate and close relationship with our growers helps us produce the best-tasting fruit Mother Nature allows.”