Comes from virgin oil production only (the use of physical means and no chemical treatment), contains no more than 0.8% acidity, and is judged to have a superior taste. Extra Virgin Olive Oil accounts for less than 10% of oil in many producing countries.
Unlike wine, olive oil does not improve with age. Enemies of olive oil’s longevity are light, heat, oxygen and time. Reducing any of these factors will increase the useful life of your oil and retain its peak flavor longer. The best place to store the oil is in a cool, dark place.
Olive oil is a fresh fruit oil and just like any other fruit juice, over time, the quality and taste deteriorate. We recommend that you use your oil within 3 to 6 months and no longer than a year so that you can reap the benefits of what a fresh oil provides.
“Fused” olive oil or what is also referred to as “agrumato” in Italy is made by crushing ripe, sound olives with whole, fresh fruits, herbs or vegetables at the time of crush. “Infusing” is the process of adding flavor to olive oil after it has been made. For some, infusing olive oil is nothing more than an attempt to cover up poor quality, defective, old oil. Our infused oils use the freshest extra virgin olive oils available in our collection that are most aesthetically compatible with the natural products that are used to flavor them with.
They are not filtered, they are naturally settled or (racked) meaning that the oil is decanted when settled, leaving any sediment at the bottom to be discarded. Filtering extra virgin olive oil denatures it.
Absolutely. Different olive oils complement different foods and uses. Olive oil can be used for sautéing, browning, stir-frying, deep frying, as an ingredient in marinades and sauces such as mayonnaise, pesto, or romesco, and as a condiment, drizzled over various dishes. Think about olive oil as you would wine. Use different olive oils for different purposes. Strong and robust extra virgin olive oils can be used for cooking fish, meat, to make marinades, or to drizzle on strongly flavored ingredients like peppers or garlic. A medium intensity, well-rounded extra virgin olive oil is great on mozzarella or for bread dipping. We love it mixed with one of our balsamics to make a vinaigrette or drizzled on vegetables for roasting. A mellow late harvest oil could be used in baking a cake or to make mayonnaise. Keep in mind that abuse under heat will begin to deteriorate the phenols in olive oil, but the higher the quotient of phenols you start off with, the more you will typically be left with at the end of the application. Better chemistry correlates to being able to get the oil hotter before it begins to reach its smoke point, which is not desirable when heating any type of cooking oil. Oleic acid is not affected by heat and remains stable.
Naturally packed with monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants, not only can a good extra virgin olive oil lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, research has shown that it also provides a wide range of anti-inflammatory benefits that can positively impact illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, and asthma.
There are three types of balsamic vinegars: DOP Traditional Balsamic, Condimento and Commercial.
Store in a cool, dark place, away from heat.
The white balsamic condimento is less complex, aged Up to 12 Years, and has not been caramelized over an open wood fire in copper kettles, as the dark condimento has been. The dark is aged in fired, old wood barrels that previously held older batches of balsamic. The white is aged in new wood barrels which have not been fired on the inside. They are both made from Trebbiano grapes in Modena. The dark condimento has a rich dried fruit characteristic reminiscent of figs and raisins, whereas the white is a bit more acidic, and “cleaner” lacking the complexity of the fired wood, and caramelizing that occurs over open wood fires in the copper kettles.
Yes! If you want the same oil/vinegar in your bottle that is currently in there then keep the cork in bottle and bring back to the shop for refill. We will wash the outside of your bottle and replace the cork if need be and refill with the same product. If you want something totally different in your bottle, run the bottle through your dishwasher and allow to dry completely (any moisture will compromise the quality of the product). Bring them back to the store and we will refill them and take a dollar off your purchase price.