We’re back, and we’ve got your olive oil!

Dear Family and Friends,

When we harvested this season’s olive crop, we were mindful of that day in October 2017, when our focus here was our own survival. We escaped as the Tubbs Fire was bearing down on us, and in the months that followed, as we rebuilt our homes, we then watched to see which of our beloved olive trees would make it and which would not.

Some trees on the downwind side of our homes were totally incinerated and we quickly replanted those. Most trees on the upwind side survived and remained strong. Many others were seriously wounded. We cut those back to stumps, and like little phoenixes rising, they each came roaring back on the healthy root systems that had survived the fire.

We were wondering if we’d ever have enough olives to make oil again, but mother nature didn’t hesitate. Her answer was “YES”, so Quattro® is back! It’s from the same four kinds of Tuscan olive trees, field-blended and milled into the same delicious extra virgin olive oil we’ve been making since 2006.

This crop was almost as big as those just before the fire, and our oil when fresh is bright green (that photo is unaltered!), slightly peppery, and tastes fabulous. Perfect for dipping breads, drizzling over grilled vegetables and on top of risotto, it is also terrific in salad dressings, and complements poultry, fish and meat dishes. Whether you have had the pleasure of enjoying it before, or are going to be tasting it for the first time, you will love it! It ages beautifully into a more buttery, softer profile if you keep it in a dark and cool spot after opening. Remember, we don’t filter our oil so it will retain all the “good stuff” that nature provides. Your oil may be a bit cloudy at first, but the natural particulates that give it flavor will filter to the bottom of the bottle.

We do everything the old-fashioned way, by hand, and we rely on a wonderful group of people to harvest the olives, many of whom come back year after year. This year it took the 13 of them two days of picking to get the fruit into bin. We had the fruit pressed just a few hours after it came off the trees, by the same small family-owned mill we have worked with for over a decade, since before Quattro® won the “Best of Show” in the world’s largest extra virgin olive oil tasting competition. We still have some left from the holiday rush, and can ship it to you right away.

We fill orders on a first-come, first-served basis, so please let us know how many bottles you wish to purchase, provide your shipping address, and we will do our best to see that all orders are completely fulfilled. As long as we have oil, we will still ship to you even if we cannot entirely fill your order. Like everyone else our vendors have increased their prices over the past few years, so we have had to increase ours to $65 per bottle plus shipping, but remember that olive oil lasts a lot longer (and doesn’t go bad!) like those lovely but expensive bottles of wine we often bring as gifts to friends, and it is a unique and much-appreciated gift. We accept checks or you can pay electronically via PayPal.

28 years ago we planted our first orchard intent on creating a fresh, unique, hand-crafted oil to share with family and friends. We succeeded. Having recovered from the fire we are delighted to again share it with you. We hope that you will enjoy the unique experience of tasting truly fresh extra virgin olive oil.

From our family to yours, with love and pride, Salute!

– Burt, Raleigh, Jeremy, and Ann

Riebli Point Ranch LLC dba Quattro® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
707.529.7300 | bfohrman@quattrooliveoil.com


Twenty years ago, we did not completely understand that we were about to begin a complex and rewarding adventure. When we sat in our apartment in Tokyo planning an olive orchard, it all seemed so simple and, perhaps, romantic.

Our ranch is so similar to Tuscany, it seemed making Tuscan olive oil was a given. Early Italian immigrants in this area successfully planted olive trees in the late 1800’s, and many of those trees are still producing. We were convinced that it might take hard work, but we were sure that we would produce oil. We did not know how good our oil might be, but we hoped that it would be better than the oils on offer in the markets.

There is great excitement and anticipation when you plant your trees. Especially so since the type of trees we planted can outlive us, our grandchildren, and their grandchildren. We knew that it would take approximately 5 to 7 years of effort until the trees reached a level of maturity that would enable us to make olive oil. During those years, the trees did their thing and we did ours. Most importantly, we learned that Mother Nature can make life miserable and spectacular. In past letters, we mentioned some of her cruelty, but this year….wow… The drought ended with 67 inches of rain; the orchard is green and gorgeous.

It may sound odd, but when you have planted and lived with the trees over such a long period, you can form attachments to particular ones. I have my favorite tree, and it is the one that I talk with to find out about each year’s crop. The olives are now growing and, to my great delight, my favorite tree is a picture perfect “Mother”.

Having seen Mom’s offspring, we are confident this will be a terrific year. In early to mid-November, we will harvest. We try to do something commercial companies cannot and will not do. We ship our olive oil within days after harvest, thus allowing all of you to have truly fresh olive oil.

We finish harvest at 6:00 p.m., start milling our olives within hours, and bottle as quickly as we can. In many years, our customers have received their olive oil within a few days after harvest. Truly fresh olive oil is a luxury that is usually only available if you are in Italy and are at the mill when they press.

We know that many of you, especially our business and professional customers, share our olive oil with clients and customers, as well as their families, as Christmas and Hanukkah presents. During the past few years, some of you have supplied us with your gift list, and we have perfected the art of shipping to folks on your list. We really enjoy knowing that our oil is shared by people you value. Since Raleigh and I do most of the jobs in our company, including acting as shipping clerks, we want to plan for group shipments. If you think you would like to have us ship olive oil to your gift list, please send us a note advising of the approximate number of people that may be included. We do not need an order right now, but advance information will allow us to gear up for gift shipments. Our gift shipments usually include a letter from you as the sender, or we can include gift cards.

As the growing season progresses we will update you on our progress and give an estimate of the harvest time.

Hope you have a great summer!

~Burt and Raleigh

Our mailing address is:
Quattro Olive Oil
Riebli Point Ranch, LLC
PO Box 373
Fulton, CA 95439

2014 Spring Update

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