Grapes and olives are two wonders of Italy, and now, one company is bringing them a bit closer to home.
McEvoy Ranch, the Marin County certified-organic olive oil producer, has launched its wine line to accompany its olive oil and body care products. This month marks the debut of its first releases, including a 2012 rosé of pinot noir called Rosebud. The oils are inspired by the Tuscan countryside, and the wines are getting the same treatment. Under the guidance of master Tuscan winemaker Maurizio Castelli and Head Gardener Margaret Koski-Kent, McEvoy planted vines on its ranch in 2006. Now the ranch has 25 acres full of vines, on a vineyard with soil perfect for Pinot Noir, Syrah, Montepulciano, Grenanche, Viognier, Alicante Bouschet, and Refosco grapes.