The SA Olive Awards gives recognition to the top extra virgin olive oils of each year’s harvest. The competition is judged blindly by a panel of expert tasters from SA, led by an international Panel Leader.

Meet Our Tasting Panel

Sensory scientist Sue Langstaff, photographed inside the Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company's tasting room. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

Sue Langstaff

Tasting Panel Leader
International Olive Oil Consultant

Sue Langstaff is a sensory scientist working for her own consulting company, Applied Sensory, LLC.

She is currently the leader of the UC Davis Olive Oil Taste Panel and is a member of two other olive oil taste panels: the California Olive Oil Council Taste Panel and the University of California Cooperative Extension Olive Oil Research Taste Panel.

She was a judge at the Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition – Northern Hemisphere and has judged four years for the California Olive Oil Competition presented by Yolo County Fair and two years for the Napa Valley Olive Oil Competition. Also judged Olives NZ competition.

She is co-editor of the book “Olive Oil Sensory Science” and she is the creator of “The Defects Wheel for Olive Oil.”

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