My husband and I recently went to a local Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar tasting room. It’s called “Savor the Olive”. I’ve seen it a few times when we’ve eaten at a nearby restaurant and was very curious to find out what this place was all about. As soon as we entered the store, I knew I was going to enjoy our visit. It was a quaint but beautifully designed space with a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. There were several isles of deliciously fresh olive oil and Balsamic vinegar dispensers filled with the wonderful flavors from all around the world. The lady working in the store spent quite a bit of time with us and was extremely helpful and enjoyable to talk to. She was very patient and helped us make the most of our tasting experience.
Savor the Olive uses only the highest quality olive oils that go through a two part process; a chemical analysis comparison for its extra virgin status and it must pass a taste analysis being scored on fruitiness, bitterness and pungency. Savor the Olive carries Extra Virginia Oils as well as fused and infused options. One of the things I love is that their Balsamic Vinegars are free from added sugars, thickening agents and caramel coloring.
They use Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena which is a recipe using grapes that must be aged for either a minimum of 12 years or a minimum of 25 years giving it a red quality seal or gold quality seal. The vinegar must be approved by a master taster to assure it’s rich quality. Savor the Olive carries the white and dark balsamic vinegars.
We tasted several flavors of both the olive oils and vinegars. I felt like a kid in a candy store with so many selections to choose from. They had every kind of flavor you could think of, but some of my favorite oils were lemon, blood orange, Thai Lemongrass, Herbs de Province and Tuscan Herb. There were many rich balsamic vinegars to taste as well. So many flavors such as chocolate, coffee, fig, strawberry and Vermont maple tempted our palates.
The lady working with us explained how to pair the olive oils and balsamic vinegars together to get the most of their flavors and how each one complimented the other for cooking. Each infused oil and vinegar also came with an explanation of what part of the world it is from and what it can be used for in cooking or even for mixed drink recipes.
The store also offers a variety of blended salts and gourmet gifts.
They provide an assortment of pre selected gift box options or you can choose your favorite oils and vinegars to package together for a more personalized gift. I can’t think of a better Christmas gift for that foodie family member or friend!
Ultimately we chose a bottle of the Organic Tuscan Herb infused Olive Oil and the Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar. It was very challenging to try and pick from all the amazing selections, but we will most certainly be back for ourselves as well as some holiday shopping!
Visit one of their three locations in the Southeastern Virginia area or check out their website at savortheolive.com, you will love it!