Posted by Olivia on Thursday, May 30th, 2013
Maintaining quality in our olive oil has always been a priority at The Olive Press. During recent changes in ownership, our number one priority has been to find the perfect candidate to fill the shoes of Deborah Rogers. The Olive Press is thrilled to introduce Chris Gilmore as their new Production Manager, who will maintain all relationships with farmers, quality and movement of oil, and most importantly, he will mill The Olive Press Olive Oil! He is also the new representative for The Olive Press to the California Certified Organic Farmers as well as the California Olive Oil Council.
Gilmore milled most of the oil for The Olive Press in 2012 as Press Operator and Apprentice under Deborah Rogers. With nine medals awarded to The Olive Press so far this year, his reputation for quality is beginning to manifest. Gilmore has a passion for the olive, a love of beautiful artisan oils, and a skill for milling. He has deep family ties to the olive oil industry, and best of all, a beautiful son named Oliver!
After working seven years in Health Care Education and Marketing, Gilmore returned to the wine country in 2010 as the Marketing Director of OliVerde, a family business. There he met Sean McEntire, one of their Orchard Managers and owner of Napa Valley Olive Tree Management. McEntire is a former Press Operator for The Olive Press and introduced Gilmore to Deborah Rogers.
Gilmore was able to mill for OliVerde at The Olive Press, along with several other custom crush clients. Working under Rogers, he learned expertise and quality as well as implementing old world techniques with new technology. The Olive Press has worked hard developing an artistry with a heavy Tuscan influence, and he intends to carry on that tradition.
The Olive Press is known as the most highly awarded olive oil producer in the nation, and was recently voted 10 Best Places to Buy EVOO in the Worldby OliveOilTimes.com. As the very first olive mill in Sonoma, we are proud to have come so far and are hopeful for the future.