Sunday, April 29, 2012

Tasting EVOO's and Balsamic Vinegars

We have over 50 different Evoo's and Balsamic Vinegars in stock at Joe and Son's Olive Press.  Many are infused flavors which you never knew existed.  So, how do you decide which "taste" you like?  By tasting them, of course.

But you may be wondering just how to do this.  Our store encourages you to taste before you buy.

If you have ever been to a wine tasting or any sort of a wine education class, an olive oil tasting is very similar. You receive tastings of olive oil with a description of what you are drinking, where it is from and what you should be tasting. You smell it first and then drink it the first taste. After waiting a moment, you finish the taste with a second drink. The first taste coats the mouth, while the second taste is the “true” taste.

Our EVOO's  are called varietals. A varietal olive oil is like produce in season: different varietals are fresh at various times of the year. Right now, the freshest oils are coming in from Spain, California and other locations in the Northern Hemisphere. So just like any fresh product, it has a shelf life of 1 year. We recommend storing our olive oils in a dark bottle for the longest shelf life.

The type of olive oil you get at the grocery store is not a varietal, it is a blend. We would compare it to drinking an excellent  wine versus drinking a blended table wine.

Our Olive Oils are the freshest olive oils on the market, and you can definitely taste the difference.

Joe and Son’s Olive Press also carries Infused Balsamic Vinegars. The thought of taking a shot of vinegar may be intimidating, but it goes down like a taste of wine. It is smooth with much flavor. Unlike the oils, a bottle of vinegar can last forever.

We encourage you to taste the EVOO’s and the Balsamic Vinegars either individually or as suggested pairings. You may either sip directly from a tasting cup, or dip a piece of bread in the oil or vinegar to savor the taste.  The choice is yours.

Shopping at Joe and Son’s Olive Press is a tasty experience.  We look forward to having you come in, meet the staff and learning wonderful new ways of cooking healthy and delicious meals for family and friends.

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