The gold rush may be over, but there’s still gold to be found in the Sierra foothills. This is gold of the liquid variety, and it gets its start at the 4/J + 1 Ranch, home base for the Copperopolis Olive Oil Company.
Owned by John and Josie Ribeira, the farm is perched at 900 feet above sea level, where warm summers and mild winters create an especially hospitable environment for olive trees. With 1,600 trees planted on two properties, the couple grows four Tuscan olive varieties, which are bottled as single-variety extra virgins, as well as blended together to create the signature Copper Cobalt Tuscan extra virgin olive oil.
When they’re not tending to operations at the ranch, the Ribeiras can be found charming the customers at the Copperopolis Olive Oil Company store. Located at the Copperopolis Town Square, the shop offers free tastings of extra virgin olive oils, flavoured oils (chipotle or bacon olive oil, anyone?), and balsamic vinegars, including unusual flavours such as honey-ginger, pineapple, and pomegranate.
It’s also a fun place to shop for non-edible, olive-themed gifts, including cookware, salad bowls, and kitchen utensils.
Bumping up against the west side of the Sierra Nevada Range, on California’s eastern side, the Sierra foothills that make up the Gold Country are California Classics.
Discovery of gold in 1848 sparked the largest mass migration in U.S. history, with more than 300,000 pioneers heading west.
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