As I was boarding a plane this morning to head home from the East Coast, I received a text message from Ridgely Evers of Davero Olive Oil letting me know they had passed county inspections and were opening today.
If you haven’t heard, here’s the deal: Davero, which is best known for its estate olive oil but also produces many other wonderful farmstead products, including wine, has been quietly building a beautiful tasting room, retail space, vegetable garden and patio at 766 Westside Rd. in Healdsburg, not far from Dragonfly Farm and Madrona Manor. I’ve seen the property in several stages and love the thoughtful, personal touches–extra-long tables built from a fallen redwood
by Ridgely and one of his sons, for example. I didn’t get back to Sonoma County in time to stop by today but I’ll head up tomorrow and post photos and more details here. In the meantime, here’s a hot tip: If you do a lot of cooking, you might pick up a gallon of Davero Thirty Weight, a perfect oil for cooking–i.e., for lubrication and the transfer of heat, not for flavor–along with a liter glass jug, which is convenient to keep near the stove. Then use more flavorful oils, such as Davero Estate Extra Virgin, for adding delicious flavor to everything from grilled bread to roasted lamb.
So what’s for dinner? Sliced backyard tomatoes, minced garlic, burrata or mozzarella fresca, fresh basil leaves, a generous drizzle of Davero extra virgin olive oil and Maldon sea salt. How can you resist?