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2022 Introduction to Sensory Evaluation of Olive Oil


Friday & Saturday June 24-25, 2022



8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided. More information on the schedule to be announced.



UC DAVIS Olive Oil Center 

Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater
392 Old Davis Road, Davis CA 95616



• Official olive oil tasting technique
• Classic defects of olive oil — what can go wrong?
• Positive attributes of olive oil
• Exploring influences on olive oil character and quality
• Olive oil standards, labeling, chemistry and definitions
• Polyphenols — health and flavor
• Olive oil, health and nutrition — research overview and update
• In the kitchen and on the table — olive oil cooking and pairing
• Understanding olive oil competitions
• Evaluating flavored olive oils
• Olive oils of California, Spain, Italy and the World—and more!



  • Javier Fernandez- Salvador — UC Davis Olive Center Director Alexandra Kicenik Devarenne — International olive oil judge, consultant and writer
  • Dr. Agusti J. Romero — Researcher and leader of IRTA
  • Rachelle Bross, Ph.D. — Nutritional Core Director at Lundquist Institute for Biomadical Research, UCLA Clinical and Translational Research Center
  • Natalia Ruiz
  • Arden Kremer — Taste panel leader, California Olive Oil Council
  • Mark Duncan, Ph.D. – CEO & Founder of MassWerx and Adjunct Professor, Yale University
  • David Garci-Aguirre – Vice President of Operations and Master Miller at Corto Olive Co.
  • Johnny Madge — International olive oil judge
  • Glenn Weddell – Corporate chef, professional olive oil taster, panel member and judge
  • Samantha Dorsey – President of McEvoy Ranch
  • Greg Traynor – Owner and operator of the Mill at 43 Ranch
  • Roberta Klugman – Consultant, educator and strategist about food and wine
  • Jon Sciabica


    Visitor Parking Lot 2 | Gateway Structure
    Friday 24th: Download ParkMobile app to conduct permit transactions from your phone. We advise you do this prior to arrival as the app requires a few steps to accept payment. All parking at UC Davis is now managed through the app and required.

    Saturday 25th: Free


    PRICE PER TICKET (lunch included):

    EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: $950.00 until May 27, 2022. 


    GENERAL REGISTRATION: $1150.00 until June 15, 2022.


    INDUSTRY, MEDIA, EDUCATOR AND GROUP (for 3 or more registrations): $920.00. Please contact Adele Amico Roxas – adamicoroxas@ucdavis.edu, to get the discount coupon code


    PREMIUM REGISTRATION: $1350.00 until June 15, 2022.

    This year and for the first time, we are offering a Premium Registration Packet, for attendees that are planning on continuing their tasting journey.


    For more information please contact
    Adele Amico Roxas – adamicoroxas@ucdavis.edu
    UC Davis Olive Center – ucdolivecenter@ucdavis.edu




    Registration and payment is only available through the UC Davis registration site and will close on June 16th or when the capacity is met.  No other forms of payment can be accepted. 

    This is our first class offering in two years and we are expecting registration to fill up quickly. Due to COVID, we will not be able to have additional spots beyond the allowed capacity, no exceptions.


    The UC Davis Olive Center has created an olive oil educational series in a specific order for the participants to get the most out of it. Starting with the Sensory Evaluation, to deeply understand the final product being made, followed by the Growing course in which the participant can learn the tools to make the right decision before even planting any trees and finisching with the Master Milling for producers that have facilities to mill their own oil.


    For our out-of-town visitors, multiple accommodations are available and some provide discounted UC Davis event rates.

    Hyatt Place UC Davis
    173 Old Davis Road Extension
    Davis, California
    Book online and select “UC Davis” rate

    Hilton Garden Inn Davis Downtown
    110 F St
    Davis, California
    530-753-3600 and mention “UC Davis rates”

    Best Western Plus Palm Court Hotel
    234 D Street
    Davis, California

    Aggie Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
    245 First Street
    Davis, California

    Best Western University Lodge
    123 B Street
    Davis, California



    Email: for more information please email ucdolivecenter@ucdavis.edu



    This class does not allow for refunds and will not be cancelled. In the event of a new COVID restriction or other unforeseen reason that may cancel in-person classes at UC Davis, we will ship samples to the registered participants and the class will be held in a live virtual format online via Zoom. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED.





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    UC Davis Olive Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute, Sensory Building

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    Begin Date:

    Jun 24, 2022

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    End Date:

    Jun 25, 2022

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    Last day to register online:

    Friday, June 17, 2022