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From One Sustainable Farm to Another

When we consider farming, most of us think about crops such as corn, tomatoes, and winegrapes. But how many of us think of caviar?

Tsar Nicoulai Caviar is a pioneer of sustainable, farm-to-table American caviar. While many people associate the delicacy with holiday appetizers or celebratory festivities, the family behind Tsar Nicoulai believes that anyone can enjoy caviar anytime.

President Ali Bolourchi is truly committed to his family business. “Since our humble beginnings in San Francisco in 1984, our family has been handcrafting small-batch American caviar without the use of antibiotics, growth hormones, GMOs or synthetic preservatives, all while upholding the highest standards of sustainability,” says Ali. “It isn’t just a word, sustainability is an action.”

In 1984, UCDavis researchers identified our local California White Sturgeon as a unique species capable of naturally producing high-quality caviar. To take advantage of such a valuable local resource, the family at Tsar Nicoulai manages their own broodstock and spawning, thus controlling their fish lineage and their unique grades of caviar ranging from Classic to Crown Jewel. The farm itself is Eco-Certified, audited by a 3rd party organization annually, with a focus on quality and animal welfare. Located in Wilton, California, the farm is situated just 10 miles from Sacramento Delta waterways, where native White Sturgeon thrive. By simulating native conditions, Tsar Nicoulai is able to harvest high-quality caviar for all to enjoy.

While many may not have ever tried caviar, many more might not know that caviar is rich in Omega-3s and loaded with B12, amino acids, and antioxidants. Long known as a superfood, caviar has high levels of selenium, which is noted to improve the immune system. Steroid-free, antibiotic-free, and full of heart-healthy nutrients, caviar is not only delicious, but it is good for you.

Tsar Nicoulai’s many grades of caviar can be found at their café in San Francisco’s Ferry Building, select retail locations, and for delivery across the country by order. It can also now be enjoyed at our Home Ranch in Clarksburg. Along with several different kinds of caviar, we have crème fraiche and potato chips…everything you need to create a delicate and delicious snack to pair with our Reserve Chardonnay or our sparkling wines.

“I always thought caviar was just a special occasion item,” says Jody Bogle, who had the opportunity to tour the farm and learn firsthand about the production of caviar. “It was such an eye-opening experience to learn about the process and to connect the various kinds of caviar with our range of wines. We look forward to sharing what we have learned with others at a Bogle Adventure.”

Scheduled for June 29th, a small group will be touring the Wilton farm and learning about sustainable “aquaculture.” The tour will be followed by a wine and caviar tasting, and a light luncheon. Watch our website and emails for signup information.

In the meantime, check out the Tsar Nicoulai website and especially their fun video recipes collection. We are proud to partner with another family farm that puts sustainability and integrity first.