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Find out why this local olive oil is a hit with top-tier chefs

Workers clean recently filled extra virgin olive oil bottles at Seka Hills Olive Mill and Tasting Room.
Workers clean recently filled extra virgin olive oil bottles at Seka Hills Olive Mill and Tasting Room. Sacramento Bee file

Give the gift of a nutty, peppery, well-balanced olive oil you might already have tasted in dishes at Berkeley’s famed Chez Panisse restaurant or, closer by, at Sacramento’s Hawks Provisions and Public House. A big hit with top-tier chefs, Séka Hills’ Arbequina olive oil – produced by Yolo County’s Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation , the tribe behind Cache Creek Casino Resort – is available for home use as well. A 500-millileter bottle sells for $18 at the Séka Hills Olive Mill and Tasting Room, which also sells wildflower honey and wine. The elegantly rustic, barnlike tasting room holds a full deli serving charcuterie plates and made-to-order sandwiches. If you cannot make it out to the Capay Valley, Corti Brothers, Taylor’s and Nugget markets carry Séka Hills Arbequina olive oil.

$18, Séka Hills Olive Mill and Tasting Room (9326 County Road 78, Brooks), 530-796-2810, www.sekahills.com

Carla Meyer

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