- $39 for Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, and Wine Tasting for Two ($78 value)
With the help of an educated staff, participants can create their own vinaigrette with a custom flavor profile using extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Participants also enjoy tasting of fine wines. Must be 21 or older to purchase.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: It’s All in the Timing
You’ll find extra-virgin olive oil behind the flavors of innumerable dishes. Read on to learn more about this kitchen staple.
Extra-virgin olive oil comes from the first pressing of olives, which yields more intense flavor and higher concentrations of antioxidants than subsequent pressings. However, the timing of pressing isn’t the only factor involved in determining an oil’s extra-virgin status. A laboratory test measures the oil’s acidity, and anything above 1% can diminish its taste. Oils that have passed this initial test are brought in front of a panel of professional tasters who make the final call. Tasters focus intensely on the sensory experience of the oil’s flavor, which can vary greatly, depending on the type of olives used, the region in which they were grown, and the season in which they were harvested. Olives plucked from branches early in the season yield a fruity, bright taste, and later harvests taste mellow and mild.
Like most oils, extra-virgin olive oil can be used for frying, and the presence of healthy, monounsaturated fats makes it a popular ingredient in salad dressings, but it has many other uses. The ancient ingredient is equally adept at pickling, emulsifying, infusing, and marinating other foods. Herodicus, a physician in ancient Greece, had his own unique use. He prescribed olive-oil massages for celebrated athletes, believing that the rubdowns enhanced physical abilities. When said athletes worked up a sweat while competing, their perspiration was collected in bottles and sold as a medicine, fetching extravagant prices.
The Twisted Olive
Olives only thrive in certain climates; of the select few places with the right weather, fewer still are able to produce delicate, flavorful olive oils. You'll find representatives from all of these fortunate regions at The Twisted Olive, where staffers stock more than a dozen varieties of high quality extra virgin olive oils from around the world. The staff's expertise also extends to balsamic vinegars, which come to the shop straight from producers in Modena, Italy.
With these gourmet staples as their foundation, staff members at this family-run store dedicate their time to all forms of gourmet foods. Here, guests can pick up a bottle of wine, buy olives and tapenades for an upcoming party, or even grab gift baskets for the special people in their lives. The power of olive oil even extends to skincare; the Twisted Olive is home to lotions, soaps, and body sprays that pair olive oil's moisturizing powers with other nurturing ingredients. The Twisted Olive takes pride in customer education and through the tasting, customers will learn the intricacies of quality, health benefits and uses of the supreme product line