Olive Lecture, Tasting and Film Showing - with Carol Drinkwater and Friends
The Magic of Olive Culture: VJB Vineyards & Cellars in Kenwood, Sonoma Valley, hosts the 27th annual fundraiser for the Wine Country Film Festival, Sunday April 14, 2pm 6pm. The event includes a reception, Carol Drinkwater's lecture about olive cultivation and how to build a successful organic enterprise, an olive oil tasting and sensory evaluation of olive varieties with celebrity chef Marvin Martin, a discussion with Bill Snowden of Snowden Olive Orchard in Napa and the US premiere of one of Carol's five-part documentary film series entitled The Olive Route.
Carol Drinkwater is most familiar to audiences for her award-winning portrayal of Helen Herriot in the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small. When she and her husband Michel purchased a rundown property overlooking the Bay of Cannes, France, they discovered sixty-eight, 400-year-old olive trees. Her series of memoirs about restoring the trees and establishing a sustainable business (The Olive Farm, The Olive Season, and The Olive Harvest) are best sellers in the U.S. and abroad. Her fascination with the olive tree extended to a solo seventeen-month Mediterranean journey in search of its mythical secrets that inspired her to write and direct her new documentary film series.
Marvin Martin is a chef, educator and olive industry activist who spent 20-years as a chef for Robert Mondavi Winery and worked as a private chef for Danielle Steel and her [then] husband John Traina of Napa Valley. In 2000 he founded Marvin Martin Olive Oils.
Today Marvin meticulously manages over 10,000 olive trees of 25 different olive varietals, and consistently produces award-winning olive oils each year. He is a highly-respected international olive oil competition judge, and continues his advocacy work for the development of an international certification standard for extra virgin olive oil.
Bill Snowden of Snowden Olive Orchards in Napa will talk about tricks he has learned to create beautiful olive trees and point out olive tree varieties.
VJB Vineyards & Cellars (View)
60 Shaw Avenue
Kenwood, CA 95452
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