EVOO Marketplace, Colorado's original olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting room, offers a unique educational and interactive sampling experience. With a staff of trained mixologists whipping up a variety of taste combinations using more than 50 of the finest olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars. The discovery of their high quality products by local home chefs and food lovers has helped the shop flourish.
The philosophy behind the shop is simple – a store where customers are able to taste and receive expert education about their products prior to purchase. The expert staff of mixologists have a lot to boast about. The selection of fresh 100% extra-virgin olive oils, ranging from mild to robust intensity, are brought in by following the olive crush cycles of the Southern and Northern Hemisphere, ensuring optimal freshness. Flavors include as the smooth Sicilian Cerasuola del Belice extra-virgin olive oil, the flavor-fused blood orange olive oil, and the flavor-infused basil and Persian lime olive oil. Their genuine traditional balsamic vinegar hails from Modena, Italy, where it was aged for 12 to 18 years in a chestnut, oak, mulberry, or ash barrels without additives. In addition, white balsamic vinegars and flavored balsamic vinegars, such as Honey Ginger and Cranberry Pear, are available. The staff of mixologists recommends different uses of their products, ranging from a dressing for salads, a marinade, or a delicious addition to a mixed drink.
Enophile John Davis founded Wine Insiders 25 years ago, using his octopus-like industry connections to assemble a panel of wine experts who would seek out the best and most affordable wines. On average, his league of critics approves 5 out of every 100 bottles sampled, ensuring that only the most delicious wines get recommended to his customers. The team even offers a satisfaction guarantee: if customers aren't 100% delighted by the vinos they've selected, Wine Insiders will refund the full cost of the order, no questions asked?not even "So, you doing anything fun this weekend?" Despite its staff's legendary pickiness, Wine Insiders stocks a variety of red and white wines, including pinot noirs, pinot grigios, rieslings, and cabernet sauvignons, each joined by an informative description.
Since 1944, Pacific Mercantile Co. has been the downtown epicenter of Asian culture, supplying amateur cooks and bona fide chefs with familiar and exotic foodstuffs from Japan, China, Thailand, India, Hawaii and Korea. The market carries a large variety of Asian cuisine necessities, including dried noodles and produce, red bean ice cream, purple jasmine rice, Japanese ramen, Asian rice crackers and miso paste, a large variety of soy sauces and sashimi-grade fish at prices that are markedly lower than the chain markets. And that’s just the beginning of the seemingly never-ending inventory that greets wide-eyed customers, who also shop here for gifts, such as ornate tea sets, chop sticks, origami papers, rice cookers and sake cups. The store also stocks Asian cookbooks, perfect for anyone looking to learn the art of making their own sushi.