Do you make your balsamic vinegars and oils on your own?
Our Extra Virgin Olive Oils come from all over the world, made by independent producers. Our balsamic vinegars are made in Modena, Italy, then sent to our distributor in California. There, the vinegars and oils are infused with all natural extracts and concentrates before it makes its way to our store. We do some additional bottling on-site.
Do you carry balsamic glaze?
When people are looking for balsamic glaze, they are often looking for a thick, sweet dark balsamic to use as a topping on desserts. Because our vinegars are already aged and condensed, they usually meet this desire, especially our 25 Star Dark Balsamic. Other than that we do not carry any balsamic glaze.
Do you have cold-pressed olive oil?
Yes, all of our Extra Virgin Olive Oil is cold-pressed. Most of our infused oils are also cold-pressed, though a few of the infusions need to be heated slightly in production.
How do you guarantee the quality of the olive oil you are selling?
We are in direct contact with the suppliers of our olive oils, who test them and provide results of these tests. We believe this level of contact helps us to assess the producers to know that we are receiving the finest quality product from them. If we have doubts about the quality of something we've received, we may send it to a lab to get tested (and we have done so in the past).
I'm looking for a good extra virgin olive oil for cooking, which would you recommend?
The Greek Koroneiki is a good middle-of-the-road extra virgin olive oil. Try the Spanish Picual for something more pungent or bitter, or the Chilean for something more mild. Extra Virgin Olive Oil has wonderful health benefits, but keep in mind that heating oil does break down some the polyphenols that provides said benefits. Because of this extra virgin olive oil is good for sauteeing, but you probably don't want to use it for frying.
Is this your only location?
Yes. Though many balsamic vinegar and olive oil stores are popping up around the country, we like to say they are similar in concept, different in execution. In other words, just because other stores carry products with similar names, doesn't mean they taste the same. We take pride in offering the highest quality vinegars and oils from a variety suppliers, and have sampled the offerings of our competitors.
How long have you been in business?
We opened in late summer of 2013.
Where can I see the nutrition information for your oils and vinegars?
On this page right here.