From the ancient Rome, wine and olive oil have been partners in the culinary path of our civilization. In fact , the two best varieties share the same farms & science of agriculture which culminates in similar experiences on a discerning palate. But let’s lay out a few ground rules before we get into the details.
Will all the olive oils imitate wine? No, it depends on the quality of the olive groves used in cultivation and the technique. Only the extra virgin olive oil is comparable with a wine. An extra virgin olive oil has a free acidity level of less than 0.8%, zero flaws in taste and made from cold-pressed olives at temperatures below 30°C, within 24 hours of harvesting.
So, what are the differences between the olive oils that are like wine?
- Both tastings consist of the same terminology for describing aroma (mild, fruity, mellow), taste (nutty, peppery, rich, assertive, buttery) and appearance (clear, cloudy). This follows the same cycle of tasting: plenty of stirring, smelling & slurping!
- Both contain antioxidant polyphenols, linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Both are best stored in dark bottles, away from direct light and heat in a cool, dark area.
- But one is wine and the other is oil, how can they possibly be similar? Well, the response lies in the centuries-old farming practices practiced in the Mediterranean region: both wine and olive oil are produced from fruit (grapes and olives respectively), both have shared the same soil for ages and, ultimately, both take on the characteristics of their identical soil, topography, and climate.
- In other words, they are two distinct but similarly behaving crops grown by the same people on the same lands in a similar fashion.
- But wait, there’s one major difference between the two: Olive oil doesn’t get better with age than wine. Olive oil is recommended to be used within 60 to 90 days after opening
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|Characteristics||Extra Virgin Olive Oil||Wine|
|A fruit juice||yes||yes|
|Store away from heat and light||yes||yes|
|Aged in the “production” process||no||yes|
|Age at home||no||yes|
|Consume immediately once opened||yes (1-3 mo/s.)||yes (1 wk.)|
|The high-quality product is grown in California||yes||yes|
|A varietal of fruit influences the flavor and properties||yes||yes|
|Harvested by picking and crushing the fruit||yes||yes|
As you can tell from wine and extra virgin olive oil, several parallels do exist. The only difference other than flavor, though, is that you don’t want to mature olive oil. You will look at your local store for the freshest olive oil available. That’s why we include the harvest date on each of our extra virgin olive oil bottles so you know that you get the freshest available.