For future reference, the McEvoy annual open house was nice though not particularily Christmasy.
There were wreathes for sale made from local flowers, greens,and fruits. Small olive trees could be purchased. There was sampling of their body care products.
Other samples included their olives and three olive oils. I've never been a fan of McEvoy traditional. The Olio Nuovo was ok. However, I was really impressed with the limited edition which for 2011 was a blend of Moraiolo (85%), Coratina (12%) and Leccio del Corno (3%) varietals. It was a rich, smooth and elegant olive oil.
The light refreshments included foccacia, bean soup, olives, chocolate chip cookies and hot cider.
I've never tried their olives before and they were excellent. I would buy these
There was a choice of self guided tours or formal tours on the half hour. It was really interesting to walk through the orchard and see the oil being made inside the ranch house.
There was a guitar player and people sat on hay bales or just stood around.
Then again, maybe it did scream Christmas in Northern California. The little grove near the house was protected by gentle hills that were turning green. Winter in California comes with the promise and evidence of the coming spring ... it was a lovely day in the sunny Petaluma countryside.
5935 Red Hill Rd, Petaluma, CA