Professional Training and Certifications

  • September 2014: Completed Advanced Sensory Evaluation of Olive Oil at UC Davis Olive Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute, Davis CA
  • July 2013: Completed Organizzazione Nazionale Assaggiatori Olio di Oliva, (ONAOO) Practical Tasting Session and received Sensory Olive Oil Course certificate, Oakland CA
  • June 2013: Completed Intensive Olive Oil Tasting Class at Organizzazione Nazionale Assaggiatori Olio di Oliva, (ONAOO), Imperia, Italy
  • April 2013: Completed International Technical Course for Aspiring Olive Oil Tasters at Organizzazione Nazionale Assaggiatori Olio di Oliva, (ONAOO), Firenze, Italy
  • April 2013: Passed the selective trials and awarded Certificate of Sensory Aptitude from Organizzazione Nazionale Assaggiatori Olio di Oliva, (ONAOO), Firenze, Italy

International Olive Oil Education Seminars

Attended 2012 and 2013 seminars where industry experts including Dan Flynn, Executive Director of the UC Davis Olive Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute, Paul Vossen, Farm Advisor at the University of California Cooperative Extension Farm (UCCE) and a founder of the California Olive Oil Council (COCC), and Tom Mueller, journalist and author of Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil joined leading olive oil producers from Spain, Chile, Australia and Italy for a day of talks and tastings in Berkeley, CA.