Wine Country Weekend: McEvoy Ranch

By Kate Riley October 8, 2019

Sundays are for rejuvenation, so often I go in search of serenity close by.  Just a few miles away from my house is an olive ranch, and it’s been on my list of places to visit for years. I used to drive past the ranch on my morning commute and I always wondered what life was like behind the gate. On Sunday, I finally got a chance to see.

McEvoy Ranch is one of the industry leaders and producers of organic extra virgin olive oil and is less than an hour north of San Francisco. There are more than 14,000 olive trees on the property, and just a few years ago they opened the ranch to visitors for tastings and tours.

If your goal is to sit in an idyllic setting surrounded by grapevines and orchards, to enjoy the sunshine, relax and sip wine, then this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. I shot some pictures of the grounds, the farmhouse and the fall colors on my weekend visit to the ranch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The staff is small, so tasting reservations are required, but it’s easy to make them online a few days before you visit. There’s a lovely tasting room and gift shop carrying all of their extra virgin olive oils, skin care products, and olive wood kitchen goods. The hydration body oil is my new favorite.

If you book an official walkabout tour, they’ll take you all around the property, into the groves, and vineyards and a trip to their conservatory too. Tastings and tours include a lesson in the process of making their award winning organic olive oil. I can’t wait to return since I learned they just started “Wine Wednesdays” – I’ll be bringing a group of friends there soon. :)

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Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley October 6, 2019

My cousin came to visit last weekend, he’s one of my favorite people in the world. It was fun to play tour guide with him on his first visit to Northern California. We went wine tasting, visited the redwood forest, and of course he had to see the coastline! Thankfully we had great weather, just like this weekend. October, you are simply the best! Today I’m off to tour of a local olive oil production company, I’ll be spending the afternoon walking through the groves in the autumn sun. Bliss!

Favorite links from the week:

Fresh and fun: this laid back Southern California casita.

Very pretty: the abundance of light and white in this dreamy lake house.

What a lovely kitchen remodel with sage green cabinets.

The sweetest little girl’s room ever. (That bed!)

Good news about cleaning up the massive amounts of plastic in the ocean.

The mood-lifting effects of breaking social silences and chatting with strangers.

Healing childhood wounds by reparenting yourself.

“Your appearance is the least interesting thing about you.”

A roundup of cool corn mazes from coast to coast.

Really funny: “every influencer”.  “Farm to face” made me laugh so hard.

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