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Olive Oil Tasting in Napa - What Not to Miss?


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Olive Oil Tasting in Napa - What Not to Miss?

Morton the Mousse | Sep 20, 2006 07:22 PM

How do a couple of Chowhounds who don't drink wine spend a weekend in wine country? Olive Oil tasting, naturally. So, I've been drooling over my options but I was looking to get some advice on a few places that are not to be missed. We hope to hit 10-15 places in two days (is that realistic?) so multiple recs are welcome.

Specifically, I'm looking for places that grow, press and bottle in the Napa area. I'm happy to go to Napa, Yountville, St Helena and Calistoga but I'm not willing to drive to Sonoma County or Santa Rosa County. I'm mostly interested in small farms making high-end products with limited distribution. I'm not interested in flavored oils, unless they are exceptional. I want to be able to taste before I buy, though I'm happy to call ahead if a place doesn't have an official tasting room. Although I understand that it's difficult to find places that are Certified Organic, it would be nice if they maintain organic principles whenever possible (am I asking too much with that last request?)

Thanks for your guidance. Of course, I will report back.


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