North America

This list is work in progress, and will grow and evolve over the coming months and years, so check in again soon for updates.  What follows are personal suggestions for some places to get great olive oil in America, and some brands from various parts of the world to watch for.

I also have a separate list of supermarket oils, which provides a range of authentic oils available at major supermarkets, big box stores and wholesalers.  Here again, this is by no means a complete list, and I'll be adding more as I try them.

(For more on how this list came about, see here.  Some of the companies below have supported aspects of Truth in Olive Oil’s work – details here.)

Notes:

  • Stars indicate reader assessments, not (necessarily) my own views.
  • VF – olive oils at these locations are supplied by Veronica Foods, a pioneering importer run by Veronica and Mike Bradley, whose work is described in detail in my book Extra Virginity.  These stores sell a range of olive oils in stainless steel fusti, encourage customers to sample before buying, and frequently offer solid information on their oils.
  • We Olive – a rapidly-growing franchise in California, offering the cream of the crop of California-made olive oils, which encourage customers to taste before they buy, and have knowledgeable sales people to guide their purchases.
  • Oil & Vinegar – another fast-growing franchise, this one nation-wide, also on the taste before you buy model.  The clear glass “amphorae” that Oil & Vinegar uses to store their oil are UV filtered, and the oils I've tasted to date have been quite good.
  • Williams Sonoma, Dean & Deluca, Sur la Table – these stores offer a small but carefully-curated selections of oils in bottles, mostly from Italy and Spain.  As with every chain, the quality of an oil at a given location depends not only on the oils they buy, but how they are displayed, how rapidly inventory turns over, etc.

Click on each store/producer listed below to open its individual page.

USA
Alabama
Birmingham Williams Sonoma (3 additional locations)
1
Fairhope The Happy Olive VF
0
Mobile Olivella VF
0
Montgomery The Vintage Olive VF
0
Alaska
Anchorage Amber's Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Anchorage Oil & Vinegar Part of a good, nation-wide franchise of taste-before-buying olive oil boutiques
0
Arizona
Chandler Oil & Vinegar
0
Chandler Sur la Table (2 additional locations)
0
Chandler Williams Sonoma (3 additional locations)
0
Cottonwood Verde Valley Olive Oil Traders VF
0
Flagstaff Olive Oil Traders VF
0
Havasu Havasu Olive & Garlic Company VF
0
Jerome Jerome Olive Oil Traders VF
0
Peoria Olive Gourmet VF
0
Phoenix Olivastro VF
0
Phoenix Olive Creations VF
5
Phoenix Outrageous Olive Oils and Vinegars VF
4
Prescott Olive U Naturally VF
0
Scottsdale Oil & Vinegar
0
Scottsdale Outrageous Olive Oils and Vinegars VF
0
Sedona Divine Olive Oils VF
0
Sierra Vista Schade's Cellar VF
0
Tucson Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oil VF
5
Arkansas
Eureka Springs Fresh Harvest VF
5
Little Rock Strippaggio, LLC. VF
0
Little Rock Williams Sonoma (1 additional location)
0
California
Agoura Hills The Olive Vineyard VF
0
Annapolis Starcross Community
0
Arcadia Williams Sonoma (35 additional locations)
0
Belmont Shore We Olive Some of the best California-made olive oils, in a try-before-you-buy olive oil boutique format
0
Berkeley Amphora Nueva VF
3.4
Berkeley Sur la Table (24 additional locations)
0
Burlingame Del Oliva VF
0
Camarillo Epicurean Olive Oil VF
0
Campbell The Olive Bar VF
4
Capay Valley Capay Oaks Farm
0
Capay Valley Grumpy Goats Farm picual, coratina & pendolino oil from 3-year-old trees
0
Capay Valley Séka Hills hand-crafted Arbequina oil from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, first release April 2012
5
Capay Valley Taber Ranch
0
Carmel by the Sea Trio Carmel VF
0
Carmel Valley Baker & Olive VF
0
Corning Lucero Olive Oil
5
Coronado Coronado Taste of Oils VF
0
Costa Mesa We Olive Some of the best California-made olive oils, in a try-before-you-buy olive oil boutique format
0
El Dorado Hills We Olive Some of the best California-made olive oils, in a try-before-you-buy olive oil boutique format
0
Encinitas Baker and Olive VF
0
Fairfield Il Fiorello
0
Fresno We Olive Some of the best California-made olive oils, in a try-before-you-buy olive oil boutique format
0
Gerber Pacific Sun estate-produced olive oil, widely distributed in US
0
Glendale 41 Olive VF
0
Grass Valley Olive Vitality VF
5
Irvine/Tustin 41 Olive VF
0
La Jolla We Olive Some of the best California-made olive oils, in a try-before-you-buy olive oil boutique format
0
Livermore Olivina estate-produced olive oil
0
Livermore Victorine Valley Olive Oil estate-produced olive oil, & VF
0
Lodi Corto Olive
0
Mill Valley Frantoio Ristorante and Bar
0
Monterey Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar VF
0
Murphys Marisolio VF
0
Napa Jaeger Olive Oil estate-produced olive oil
0
Napa Katz and Company pioneering artisan producer
0
Napa Napa Valley Olive Oil VF
5
Napa Oenotri restaurant featuring a superb range of olive oils
0
Napa Regina Olive Oil estate-produced Taggiasca olive oil
5
Napa Talcott Olive Oil estate-produced olive oil
4
Oakland Oliveto restaurant
0
Oakland Pasta Shop Excellent selection of fine oils, as well as an eye-popping array of other Mediterranean specialty foods. Don't plan on a quick visit – leave plenty of browsing time!
0
Oakland Veronica Foods pioneering olive oil importer
5
Oregon House Apollo Olive Oil state-of-the-art milling technology & relentless quality focus
0
Oroville Berkely Olive Grove 1913 oil from ancient Mission groves
5
Oroville California Olive Ranch the most widely-distributed American-made olive oil in the US
4.666665
Palm Desert Olive a Sudden VF
0
Palm Springs Olive a Sudden VF
0
Pasadena Beyond the Olive
0
Paso Robles We Olive Some of the best California-made olive oils, in a try-before-you-buy olive oil boutique format
0
Petaluma McEvoy Ranch A true pioneer in top-quality estate grown oil in America. Gorgeous, full-bodied oils, a range of body care products, and the most beautiful olive oil bottle I've yet seen!
5
Riverside Migliore Gourmet Foods VF
0
Rutherford Round Pond Estate
0
Sacramento Corti Brothers mecca for top-quality oils and other specialty food products
0
Sacramento The Chef's Olive Mix VF
0
San Carlos Olive Crush VF
0
San Diego Seaport Olive Oil Co. VF
0
San Francisco McEvoy Ranch The Ferry Building location of the famed California olive oil pioneer (described above under "Petaluma," site of their ranch and groves)
5
San Francisco We Olive Some of the best California-made olive oils, in a try-before-you-buy olive oil boutique format
0
San Louis Obispo Robbins Family Farm estate-produced olive oil
0
San Luis Obispo We Olive Some of the best California-made olive oils, in a try-before-you-buy olive oil boutique format
0
Santa Barbara Viva Oliva VF
0
Seal Beach Antica VF
0
Sonoma Tallgrass Ranch Estate
0
Sonoma The Olive Press A Sonoma oil landmark profiled in EXTRA VIRGINITY.
0
St Helena Dean & DeLuca
0
St Helena Grove 45 estate Tuscan Varietal oils
0
Stanford Sigona's Market VF
5
Stockton Bozzano Olive Ranch estate-produced olive oil
0
Valencia Oil & Vinegar
0
Ventura We Olive Some of the best California-made olive oils, in a try-before-you-buy olive oil boutique format
0
Walnut Creek We Olive Some of the best California-made olive oils, in a try-before-you-buy olive oil boutique format
0
West Hollywood Fig & Olive restaurant owned by Laurent Halaz
0
West Hollywood Oliana VF
0
Winters Yolo Press Mike Madison, farmer, writer & philosopher profiled in EXTRA VIRGINITY, makes superb Taggiasca & other oils by hand & sells them in person at the Davis Farmer's Market.
5
Yolo Hillstone Olive Oil
0
Colorado
Arvada Kristos Olive Oil VF
5
Boulder Oliverde VF
0
Boulder Sur la Table (2 additional locations)
0
Brekenridge Olive Fusion VF
0
Broomfield Williams-Sonoma (4 additional locations)
0
Colorado Springs Venice Olive Oil Company VF
5
Denver EVOO Marketplace VF
5
Ft. Collins Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Littleton EVOO Marketplace VF
5
Longmont Picasso's Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Parker Al Dente VF
0
Silverthorne Olive Fusion VF
0
Steamboat Springs Elevated Olive VF
5
Connecticut
Canton Sur la Table
0
Danbury Williams-Sonoma (4 additional locations)
0
Darien Olivette VF
0
Orange Wild Acorns, LLC VF
1
South Norwalk Olivette VF
0
Stamford Fairway Market
0
West Hartford Bella Gusta VF
0
Delaware
Newark Williams-Sonoma
0
District of Columbia
Washington DC Dean & DeLuca
0
Washington DC Sur la Table
0
Washington DC Williams-Sonoma
0
Florida
Aventura Aventura Olive Oil Co. VF
5
Aventura Sur la Table (5 additional locations)
0
Boca Raton Williams-Sonoma (21 additional locations)
4
Cocoa Village From Olives and Grapes VF
0
Delray Beach The Ancient Olive VF
5
Destin Olive Oil *Balsamics* Tastings VF
0
Dunedin Kalamazoo Olive Company VF
0
Fort Myers Naples Olive Oil Company VF
0
Ft. Lauderdale Jean Pierre Cooking School VF
5
Jacksonville Olive Oil Store VF
0
Lakewood Ranch Katy Rose Olive Oil VF
0
Melbourne From Olives and Grapes VF
0
Naples Naples Olive Oil/Health Wize VF
0
Panama City Emerald Coast Olive Oil Co. VF
4.6
Pensacola Bodacious Olive Oil VF
5
Punta Gorda Bella Balsamic VF
5
Sarasota Venice Olive Oil Co. VF
0
St. Augustine The Ancient Olive VF
0
St. Petersburg Kalamazoo Olive Co. VF
0
Stuart Olive Pit VF
5
Tampa Joe and Sons VF
5
Venice Venice Olive Oil Co. VF
0
West Palm Beach Oil & Vinegar Part of a good, nation-wide franchise of taste-before-buying olive oil boutiques
0
West Palm Beach Olive You More! VF
0
Winter Park The Ancient Olive VF
0
Georgia
Alpharetta Williams-Sonoma (8 additional locations)
0
Atlanta Oli & Ve VF
0
Atlanta Strippaggio A new single varietal and blended extra virgin shop, with emphasis on top California oils (though yes, there's Georgian oil there, too!), and strong consumer education mission.
0
Atlanta Sur la Table
0
Augusta High Country Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Blue Ridge Blue Ridge Olive Oil Co. VF
5
Cumming Gabby's Olive Branch VF
0
Ellijay Blue Ridge Olive Oil Co. VF
5
Greensboro Plantation Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Helen Alpine Olive Tree VF
5
Lakeland Georgia Olive Farms Very enjoyable arbequina made from Georgian and Californian olives.
5
Newnan Branch & Vine VF
0
Peachtree City Branch & Vine VF
0
Roswell Oli & Ve VF
0
Woodstock Leaning Ladder VF
0
Hawaii
Honolulu Island Olive Oil Co VF
5
Honolulu Williams-Sonoma
0
Idaho
Boise Williams-Sonoma
0
Burley Magic Valley Olive Oil Co. VF
5
Idaho Falls Twig & Vine VF
0
Illinois
Algonquin Williams-Sonoma (9 additional locations)
0
Chicago City Olive Beautiful oil boutique offering a fine range of estate-produced oils and solid data about them, as well as regular events including oil tastings, food pairings, & explorations of oil-producing countries.
0
Chicago OH Olive VF
0
Chicago Sur la Table (4 additional locations)
0
Edwardsville Olive Oils and More VF
5
Galena Galena Garlic & Olive Oil VF
0
Geneva Galena Garlic & Olive Oil VF
0
Glenview OH Olive VF
0
Lanark Silver Moon Winery VF
0
Libertyville OH Olive VF
0
Lincoln Park OH Olive VF
0
Love's Park The Olive Oil Experience VF
5
Oak Park Olive and Well VF
0
Peoria Hights Olio and Vino VF
0
Schaumburg The Olive Oil Place VF
5
Yorkville Olive Gallery VF
0
Yorkville The Olive Gallery VF
0
Indiana
Auburn The Olive Twist VF
5
Bloomington The Olive Leaf VF
0
Carmel Sur la Table
0
Chesterton Good to Go By Lucrezia VF
0
Columbus A Thyme for all Seasonings VF
0
Fort Wayne The Olive Twist VF
0
Fort Wayne Williams-Sonoma (1 additional location)
0
Goshen The Olive Branch #2 VF
0
Granger The Olive Branch #1 VF
5
Highland Tasty Olive Company VF
0
Indianapolis Artisano's Oils and Spices VF
0
Madison Galena Garlic VF
0
Shipshewana The Olive Branch #3 VF
0
Winona Lake Olive Branch VF
0
Iowa
Des Moines Allspice Culinarium VF
5
West Des Moines Williams-Sonoma
0
Kansas
Kansas City Dean & DeLuca
0
Lawrence Extra Virgin VF
0
Leavenworth First Taste VF
5
Leawood Williams-Sonoma (1 additional location)
0
Overland Park The Tasteful Olive VF
5
Kentucky
Fort Mitchell The Flying Olive VF
0
Lexington Oliva Bella Owner Lea Ann Vessels fell in love with olive oil while working several years in Italy, & now sources DOP Italian oils made by families she knows, in Umbria, Campania, Sardinia, Lazio, Puglia and Sicily
5
Lexington Stuarto's Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Lexington Williams-Sonoma (1 additional location)
0
Louisville Primo Oils and Vinegars VF
0
Louisiana
Baton Rouge Sur la Table
0
Baton Rouge Williams-Sonoma (1 additional location)
0
Houma Deep South Oils & Vinegars VF
5
Mandeville Infuse VF
0
New Orleans Oil & Vinegar Part of a good, nation-wide franchise of taste-before-buying olive oil boutiques
0
Maine
Bangor Fiore VF
0
Bar Harbor Fiore VF
0
Belfast Vinolio VF
0
Boothbay Harbor Eventide VF
0
Freeport Fiore VF
0
Lewiston Fiore
0
Portland LeRoux Kitchens VF
0
Portsmouth LeRoux Kitchens VF
0
Rockland Fiore VF
0
Maryland
Annapolis Cleo's Fine Oils and Vinegars Selection of estate oils from old and new world, expertly curated by sisters Saleta and Linda Cameron. Cooking courses, extensive info on oil-makers and oil chemistry, and a genuine obsession with quality and traceability.
5
Annapolis Seasons of Olives VF
0
Annapolis Sur la Table
0
Annapolis Williams-Sonoma (4 additional locations)
0
Frederick Lebherz Olive Oil VF
0
Ruxton E.N. Olivier VF
0
Massachusetts
Boston Boston Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Boston South End Formaggio
0
Boston Williams-Sonoma (7 additional locations)
0
Braintree Sur la Table (3 additional locations)
0
Cambridge Formaggio Kitchen
0
Chatham Gustare VF
0
Concord New England Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Gloucester Cape Ann Olive Oil Company VF
5
Martha's Vineyard LeRoux Kitchens VF
0
Mashpee Commons Gustare VF
0
Newburyport Newburyport Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Scituate The Roman Table VF
0
Wellesley Gustare VF
5
Michigan
Ann Arbor Fustini's Oils and Vinegars VF
5
Ann Arbor Williams-Sonoma (5 additional locations)
0
Ann Arbor Zingerman's deli, restaurant & premium olive oil haven, as well as excellent online store
0
Birmingham Old World Olive Press VF
0
Clinton Township Giuseppe's International Oils and Vinegars VF
0
Clinton Township Sur la Table (1 additional location)
0
Frankenmuth Great Lakes Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Grand Rapids Old World Olive Press VF
0
Holland Fustini's Oils and Vinegars VF
0
Lansing Great Lakes Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Muskegon Cheese Lady VF
0
Petoskey Fustini's Oils and Vinegars VF
0
Plymouth Old World Olive Press VF
0
Rockford Old World Olive Press VF
0
Traverse City Fustini's Oils and Vinegars VF
4
Minnesota
Bloomington Williams-Sonoma (3 additional locations)
0
Deerwood Our Winehouse VF
0
Delano Woodland Hill Winery VF
0
Duluth Rustic Olive VF
0
Edina Sur la Table
0
Mendota Heights The Olive Grove VF
5
Minneapolis Annona Gourmet VF
5
Nisswa Loide Olive Oils & Vinegars VF
5
Northfield Northfield Olive Oils & Vinegars VF
0
Rochester Stillwater Olive Oil Co VF
5
St. Louis Park Gourmet Oil & Vinegar VF
0
Stillwater Stillwater Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Wayzata Wayzata Olive Oil Co. VF
0
White Bear Lake Stillwater Olive Oil Co. VF
5
Mississippi
Ridgeland Williams-Sonoma
0
Missouri
Branson Devo Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Chesterfield Williams-Sonoma (2 additional locations)
0
Kansas City Sur la Table (1 additional location)
0
Lee's Summit Heavenly Olive Oils & Vinegars VF
0
St. Charles Di Olivas Oil & Vinegar
0
St. Louis Di Olivas Oil & Vinegar
0
St. Louis Olive Oils and More VF
0
Zona Rosa Heavenly Olive Oils & Vinegars VF
0
Montana
Missoula Oil & Vinegar Part of a good, nation-wide franchise of taste-before-buying olive oil boutiques
0
Whitefish Genesis Kitchen VF
0
Nebraska
Lincoln Oliverde VF
0
Omaha Oliverde VF
0
Omaha Sur la Table
0
Omaha Williams-Sonoma
0
Nevada
Henderson Williams-Sonoma (2 additional locations)
0
Las Vegas Sur la Table
0
Minden Tahoe Ridge Winery VF
0
Reno Big Horn Olive Oil Co. VF
0
New Hampshire
Portsmouth LeRoux Kitchens VF
0
Salem Williams-Sonoma
0
New Jersey
Bridgewater Williams-Sonoma (10 additional locations)
0
Collingswood Blue Moon Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Denville Dash of Thyme VF
0
Freehold Sur la Table (1 additional location)
0
Paramus Fairway Market
0
Westfield Patricia & Paul Purveyor-- Artisans of Fine Oils & Balsamics VF
5
Woodland Park Fairway Market
0
New Mexico
Albuquerque Williams-Sonoma
0
Santa Fe Oleaceae VF
0
New York
Albany Oliva! Gourmet VF
0
Albany Williams-Sonoma (13 additional locations)
0
Amherst D'Avolio VF
0
Brooklyn O Live Brooklyn VF
0
Buffalo D'Avolio VF
5
Canadaigua F. Oliver's VF
0
Clifton Park Oliva! VF
0
Corning Crystal City Olive Oil Co. VF
3.5
Douglaston Fairway Market (7 additional locations)
0
East Aurora Prima Oliva Olive Oils & Vinegars VF
0
Fayetteville Olive on Brooklea VF
0
Great Neck Oil Licious VF
0
Hamburg Prima Oliva Olive Oils & Vinegars VF
0
Huntington The Crushed Olive VF
0
Ithaca F. Oliver's VF
0
Lewiston D'Avolio VF
0
Manhasset Sur la Table
0
Manhattan Dean & DeLuca
0
Manhattan Eataly
0
Manhattan Fig & Olive (4 additional locations)
0
Manhattan Formaggio Essex
0
Manhattan Sur la Table (3 additional locations)
0
Manhattan The Filling Station VF
0
Rochester F' Olivers VF
0
Saratoga Springs Saratoga Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Sayville The Crushed Olive VF
0
Stony Brook The Crushed Olive VF
0
Williamsville D'Avolio VF
0
Yonkers Sur la Table
0
North Carolina
Asheville Oil & Vinegar Part of a good, nation-wide franchise of taste-before-buying olive oil boutiques
0
Asheville Olive & Kickin VF
0
Asheville Williams-Sonoma (8 additional locations)
0
Beaufort Beaufort Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Boon The Art of Oil VF
0
Cary Peak Olive Oil Co. VF
4
Chapel Hill A Southern Season retailer of quality oils
0
Chapel Hill Blue Sky Olive Oil & Vinegar VF
0
Charlotte Dean & DeLuca
0
Charlotte Olive This! VF
0
Charlotte Pour Olive VF
0
Charlotte Sur la Table (1 additional location)
0
Greensboro Midtown Olive Press VF
0
Greenville 692 Olive VF
5
Hickory The Crushed Olive VF
0
Highlands Mountain Fresh Grocery VF
0
Kill Devil Hills Outer Banks Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Mooresville Isabella's Fine Olive Oils VF
5
Pinehurst Green Gate Olive Oils VF
0
Raleigh Midtown Olive Press VF
0
Wilmington Taste The Olive VF
0
Winston-Salem Green Gate Olive Oils VF
0
Ohio
Akron Williams-Sonoma (6 additional locations)
0
Cincinnati Sur la Table (2 additional locations)
0
Columbus Green Olive Company VF
0
Hudson Olive My Heart VF
0
New Philadelphia OV Harvest VF
0
Rocky River The Olive Scene VF
0
Toledo Bumble Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Troy Olive Oasis VF
0
West Chester Spicy Olive VF
0
Westerville A Twist on Olives VF
0
Oklahoma
Edmond Teaoli VF
0
Norman Teaoli VF
0
Oklahoma City Olive & Co. VF
0
Oklahoma City Williams-Sonoma (1 additional location)
0
Spring Creek Village Teaoli VF
0
Tulsa Mecca Coffee Co. VF
0
Oregon
Bend Navidi's Olive Oil & Vinegar VF
0
Lake Oswago Sur la Table (2 additional locations)
0
Portland Benessere VF (2 additional locations)
5
Portland Oil & Vinegar Part of a good, nation-wide franchise of taste-before-buying olive oil boutiques
0
Portland Real Good Food Jim Dixon imports a range of top-quality Italian oils, operates an olive oil "CSA" that has a growing and loyal following, appears monthly at the Portland Farmers Market, and imports a mouth-watering range of premium foods. A major resource!
0
Portland Williams-Sonoma (1 additional location)
0
Pennsylvania
Ardmore Williams-Sonoma (11 additional locations)
0
Bethlehem Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Tap Room VF
0
East Petersburg S. Clyde Weaver VF
0
Erwinna The Sand Castle Winery VF
0
Harmony Enchanted Olive VF
5
King of Prussia Sur la Table (1 additional location)
0
Lancaster Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom VF
0
Lemoyne Tastemaker's Olive Oil VF
0
Newtown The Tubby Olive VF
0
Philadelphia Garces Trading Co VF
0
Shippenville Deer Creek Winery VF
0
Warrington Taste VF
0
Wayne Bella Oliva VF
0
Rhode Island
Cranston Williams-Sonoma (1 additional location)
0
Newport Virgin & Aged VF
0
Providence Olive del Mondo VF
5
South Carolina
Aiken High Country Olive Oil VF
0
Anderson Red Moose Emporium VF
0
Charleston The Crescent Olive VF
0
Charleston Williams-Sonoma (3 additional locations)
0
Columbia The Crescent Olive VF
0
Greenville Oil & Vinegar
0
Greenville Palmetto Olive Oil Co. VF
5
Mt. Pleasant Oil & Vinegar Part of a good, nation-wide franchise of taste-before-buying olive oil boutiques
1
Myrtle Beach Devo Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Pawley’s Island High Country Olive Oil Co. VF
0
South Dakota
Brookings Coteau des Prairies Olive Oil Co. VF
5
Rapid City Vita Sana #2 VF
0
Sioux Falls Olive Destination VF
5
Tennessee
Franklin Williams-Sonoma (3 additional locations)
0
Nashville Olive Oil Store VF
0
Texas
Abilene Cordell's VF
0
Arlington Bella Vita Gourmet Oils & Vinegars VF
0
Austin Con' Olio VF - 2 locations in N and S Austin, superb educational programs and paired tastings.
0
Austin Sur la Table (7 additional locations)
0
Austin Williams-Sonoma (16 additional locations)
0
Dallas Lover's Lane Olive Oil VF
0
Dallas Oil & Vinegar Part of a good, nation-wide franchise of taste-before-buying olive oil boutiques
0
Fort Worth The Virgin Olive Oiler VF
5
Grape Vine Grapevine Olive Oil Co VF
0
Houston Olive and Vine VF
0
Waco Café Vibrante VF
0
Woodlands Oil & Vinegar Part of a good, nation-wide franchise of taste-before-buying olive oil boutiques
0
Utah
Ogden Jasoh VF
0
Park City Mountain Town VF
0
Provo Williams-Sonoma (1 additional location)
0
Salt Lake City Millcreek Olive Oil Co VF
5
Salt Lake City Mountain Town VF
0
Salt Lake City Sur la Table
0
Vermont
Burlington Saratoga Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Virginia
Abingdon Abingdon Olive Oil Co VF
0
Alexandria Williams-Sonoma (10 additional locations)
0
Arlington Oil & Vinegar Part of a good, nation-wide franchise of taste-before-buying olive oil boutiques
0
Arlington Sur la Table (2 additional locations)
0
Charlottesville Oil & Vinegar Part of a good, nation-wide franchise of taste-before-buying olive oil boutiques
0
Culpeper Taste Oil Vinegar Spice VF
0
Fairfax Olio2go
5
Fredericksburg Taste Oil Vinegar Spice VF
0
McLean Under The Olive Tree VF
0
Onancock North Street Market VF
0
Richmond Oil & Vinegar
0
Richmond Oil & Vinegar
0
Richmond The Olive Oil Taproom VF
0
Roanoke Oliveto VF
5
Short Pump The Olive Oil Taproom VF
5
Virginia Beach Savor the Olive VF
0
Williamsburg Imperial Olive VF
0
Washington
Bellevue Oil & Vinegar Part of a good, nation-wide franchise of taste-before-buying olive oil boutiques - this one run by US franchise CEO Matt Stermer
0
Bellevue Sur la Table (2 additional locations)
0
Bellevue Two Sisters Olive Oil Co VF
5
Bellevue Williams-Sonoma (4 additional locations)
0
Bellingham Drizzle Olive Oil & Vinegar VF
0
Camas Navidi's Olive Oil & Vinegar VF
0
Olympia Olympia Olive Oil VF
0
Redmond Paradiso Olive Oils & Vinegars VF
0
Seattle Queen Anne Olive Oil VF
5
Spokane Oil & Vinegar Part of a good, nation-wide franchise of taste-before-buying olive oil boutiques
0
Wisconsin
Appleton The Olive Cellar VF
5
Appleton Williams-Sonoma (3 additional locations)
0
Cedarburg Olive N Vinn VF
0
De Pere JaJora Olive O VF
0
Delafield Oliva di Vita VF
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Fond Du Lac Ollie's Olive Oil Haus VF
0
Hayward Truly Delicious VF
0
Madison Oil of the Olive VF
0
Milwaukee Sur la Table
0
Minoqua Chocolates and More VF
0
Oshkosh The Copper Olive VF
0
Shawano Olive 'N Vinnies Market VF
0
Sheboygan Olivada VF
0
Sturgen Bay Door Country Olive Oil VF
0
Wauwatosa Oro di Oliva VF
0
Whitefish Bay Oro di Oliva VF
0
Withee Munson Bridge Winery VF
0
Wyoming
Casper Vita Sana VF
0
Canada
Alberta
Calgary Blue Door Oil & Vinegar VF
0
Calgary Soffrito VF
0
Calgary Williams-Sonoma (5 additional locations)
0
Edmonton Evoolution VF
5
Okotoks On Tap: Oil & Vinegar VF
5
British Columbia
Gibsons Sunshine Coast Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Kelowna Olivia’s Oils & Vinegars VF
0
Surrey All of Oils VF
0
Vancouver Olives on Tap VF
0
Vancouver Vancouver Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Vernon Olive Us Oil and Vinegar Tasting Room VF
0
Victoria Olive The Senses VF
5
Manitoba
Steinbach Prairie Oils & Vinegars VF
5
Winnipeg Frescolio VF
0
New Brunswick
St John Liquid Gold VF
0
Nova Scotia
Halifax Liquid Gold VF
0
Ontario
Kingston Kingston Olive Oil Co. VF
0
London The Pristine Olive VF
5
Oakville Olivo Fresco VF
0
Ottawa The Unrefined Olive VF
5
St Catharines Della Terra VF
0
Stratford Olive Your Favourites VF
0
Sudbury Adoro Olive Oils and Vinegars VF
0
Tecumseh Dressed By An Olive VF
0
Toronto Olive Oil Emporium VF
5
Unionville Olive That! VF
0
Waterloo Dana Shortt Gourmet VF
0
Whitby Olive That! VF
5
Prince Edward Island
Charlotte Town Liquid Gold VF
0
Saskatchewan
Saskatoon Solar Gardens VF
0

Comments

Please hurry with this page--before I waste any more money!

Read, enjoyed and was educated by your book. Please hurry, as another Ron posted, with the list of REAL EVOO! Thanks.

I am now terrified to use the oil in my cupboard. Eagerly anticipating this list, as olive oil is the only kind of oil I'm supposed to eat (anti-cancer diet). Please get it up soon! and thank you so much for your work.

Heard you on Fresh Air this morning but needed some recommendations, would much prefer to purchase the real thing!

It would be helpful for people to share olive oils they have purchased that they liked. We were in Spain a year ago and brought back an olive oil from a local producer. Their main business was high quality wine but also produced olive oil. It was called Aubocassa. I have no idea if it is imported, but it was delicious and certainly proves that it is not necessary to buy only Italian olive oil, especially if the unethical practices are mostly in Italy.

I heard you on Fresh Air a couple of days ago and downloaded your book onto my Kindle. Now I need to find some oils that I can trust. Please hurry with this page.

Bought the book myself and a friend after hearing your piece on NPR....would love to find a nice bottle of olive oil to make it the PERFECT gift! Thanks so much for the time a effort that went into this book.

Please remember to evaluate the Costco olive oils as well. I have been
buying my olive oil from Costco thinking that the supplier won't cheat Costco which is such a great customer for them. I hope I am right.
Thank you so much.

Costco's first store in Australia has good olive oil from EU and Australia. Aldi in Australia does too - Aldi stores in Australia and northern Europe test and taste their oils extensively to ensure the quality. Not sure if they do in the USA yet.
Worth asking your stores if they taste and test their oils. Eventually the retailers will get the message.
It's not hard to test olive oils. The Australian Standard for Olive Oils and Olive Pomace Oils (AS 5264-2011 if you want to Google it) outlines the key tests and these are available from several labs for the retailers' convenience. Modern Olives and the Australian Oils Research Laboratory in Australia offer such services and I believe the UC Davis Olive Center will soon be doing the same. Eurofins in Hamburg does thousands of such tests a year for retailers in northern Europe. Since about 6 years ago Germans have insisted on and get good olive oil in their retail sector.

Paul Miller
Australian Olive Association

@ Soroor, Veronica Foods, the huge distributor in California, supplies Costco with a "blended" olive oil. They won't openly admit to it, but as you mentioned, Costco is a huge account for VF. By NO means does that translate to quality, just an agreed upon price.

Jayne,

Check your facts. What is your real agenda?

Veronica Foods Company has never sold a blend or extra virgin olive oil to Costco, ever. Furthermore, Veronica Foods does not sell a blend to any other company who in turn, sells to Costco. It is easy to lie and cast aspersions anonymously. Once again Jayne, you would be well advised to check your facts and more importantly your motives.

Jayne – no idea what you're talking about, but you'd better check your facts before you go public with them. Veronica Foods does not supply Costco with "blended" oils. Tell us where you are getting your information. Are you in the olive oil business yourself?

I see. The only place to buy great olive oil in the United States are from your friend at Veronica Foods -- the "independent expert" who vetted 90% of your list.

Don (or Donato): When someone does excellent, ground-breaking work, you kick the tires in every possible way, and no money changes hands, I think it's entirely appropriate to celebrate their work, whether they're your friend or your enemy.

Do you have any places to add to my list?

HEY HEY HEY, there's something missing from this list..........

I love Navidi's Olive Oil in Camas Washington. I had a delicious and very informative tasting experience there last week, and am delighted to know that they're on your list.

My undisputed favorite Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the world comes from Cortona, Italy. Bramasole Oil from Villa Bramasole belonging to Ed & Frances Mayes. I buy a case every year and have it shipped to my home. Life would just not be the same without it. TheTuscanSun is their website.

Hi Bobbi, Great to know about Bramasole Oil, which I'll add to my list of "must trys." I don't know the Mayes, but as it happens, I'm friends with the folks who now own the villa where Under a Tuscan Sun was filmed. Nice spread! Love your sentiment re/ great oil that "Life would just not be the same without it." My sentiments exactly!
Tom

Hi Tom,
Just heard you on Forum, and rushed to my kitchen to see what I have. Several callers mentioned Napa Valley Naturals (organic, in my case). I've liked it (should I blush?) and aside from the misleading Napa label, am not sure why it would be bad that some of the olives are raised near Sacramento. My main criterion in choosing olive oil has been the kind of flavor that goes up into my nose and has a little bitterness -- fairly strong-tasting, that is. I use Napa Naturals for general frying etc.; for salads or evening vegetable, where it matters more, I use Farm Bartolini from Italy, which I've liked a lot. Do you know their oil?

At home, I have everything organic, including wine and oil. What kinds of chemicals are used in non-organic olive oils?

Many thanks for your help!!

Sincerely,
Olivia

Tom,
I also am interested in information on organic EVO. We grow organic heirloom vegetables and herbs for market, and I don't want to use an oil with them, or anything else, that could possibly have chemical residues from pesticides--even if the oil wins praise for its taste.

Are organic olive oils similarly priced to the non-organic? I noticed that one CA company I looked into online is not actually certified organic, which doesn't bother me at all since we aren't either. The costs of certification can be prohibitive to small growers of any type of food product. We like to support sustainable growing practices that do not include use of herbicides, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or fungicides. There are also some possible problems with the new organic standards in the US--it depends who the certifying agency is. I guess it is most important to research the growing practices of the olive producers whether or not they have an organic label. We also like to support local food producers, but here in the US snow belt, if we want olive oil, it will have to come from somewhere else, unfortunately.

I, too, heard you on NPR driving home from school. Thanks for your hard work on a great book! Am planning to head up to Ann Arbor this week to get some real Extra VIrgin Olive Oil to try for the first time.

C. in NWOhio

Hello C – As I mentioned just below in an earlier reply, organic labels in olive oil are something I'll be writing more about, but aren't transparent in olive oil. Yes, organic oils cost more, and if properly made may well be free of certain chemicals that non-organic oils can have, but in my experience the distinction between organic and non-organic isn't as useful as between properly made oil and the other stuff. But more on this soon!

Hi Olivia, I just tried Napa Valley Naturals in PCC, a high-end supermarket in Seattle w/ a stress on organics, etc. It said that its oil came from Sacramento and Spain (at least it said so on the label, though "Napa Valley" is a bit misleading,wouldn't you say?). The bad news was that the oil was very defective – strong rancidity and fustiness (from fermented, usually low-grade, olives). I can't say that all NVN products are defective – I only tried this one bottle, and their oil from the bulk container in the "fill your own bottle" of the store – but my experience so far, re/ transparency and quality, is negative re/ Napa Valley Naturals.

I don't know Farm Bartolini – will look into it.

Organic is defined differently in the EU and the US. I'll be writing more on this soon, but for the time being, as detailed in my book Extra Virginity, there are producers in the US who put "USDA Organic" labels on their "extra virgin" olive oil which they blend up from soybean oil, so unfortunately, as long as officials fail to check the contents of olive oil bottles, an organic seal is no guarantee of quality.

Hi Tom:

Your book was a xmas gift from my husband and we are thoroughly enjoying it. Living in Idaho we don't have a lot of local options but we would like to share the name of a french olive oil we buy at the wine shop in the Boise Food Coop - 'Mas de Gourgonnier' Huile d'Olive Vierge Extra, First Cold Press. We also like one of the olive oil selections from Trader Joe's (Trader Joe's Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil).

Thank you for the book!

I live near the Mas de Gourgonnier, an estate in the Alpilles near Les Baux in Provence, 45 hectares of vines and 20 hectares of olives. Their wine is very good too.

I agree Georgina – I just tried this oil 2 weeks ago in San Francisco. Going on my list ASAP!

I liked the Trader's Joe's Spanish Extra Virgin too -- thought it smelled and tasted real. But how can I know?!

Hi Kate, I'll add Mas de Gourgonnier to my list of oils to look into. Could you tell me what else is written on the label? The French produce a very small amount of olive oil – vastly less than they did a century ago – and in my experience, French oils that reach N. America are higher quality than Spanish or Italian, but I'll check out Mas de Gourgonnier. As for Trader Joe's, my very limited experience has been poor – 2 oils in 2 different stores that weren't extra virgin as they claimed. But this was a couple years ago, and I can't generalize,esp in the case of a store like Trader Joe's where individual store owners make many buying decisions. But I'll put Trader Joe's on my list of oils to explore, too!

I was wondering if there was a reason why Antica Masseria Caroli (Puglia) didn't make your list? It has always been a favorite of mine.

Hi Jane – I want to underscore my caveat about my list: it's work in progress, ever-expanding, and based exclusively on my own experience and that of a small circle of trusted oil advisors around the world. The fact that Antica Masseria Caroli, or any other oil, didnt appear on my list is not necessarily any indication that it isn't excellent – I know only a fraction of the great oils out there. I'll ask them for a sample, though, and get back to you.

How about the Whole Foods in-house brand, 365 EVOO? It's in a metal canister, bears an Italy origin. Suspect? Or the real thing?

Yes, I had the same question as well about the Whole Foods brands. I went on their website and it said that they test for the ph, Tom do you know of the quality of the olive oil at this place ?

Hi Barton,
I'm thinking you're meaning Whole Foods. So far my experience has been mixed. They sell a number of good oils, but the 365 oils I've tried, oddly, have been terrible – not extra virgin at all. They also failed the recent UC Davis study (link to follow). For a store that prides itself on quality, this is bizarre.

Hi Meg,
I'm thinking you're meaning Whole Foods. So far my experience has been mixed. They sell a number of good oils, but the 365 oils I've tried, oddly, have been terrible – not extra virgin at all. They also failed the recent UC Davis study (link to follow). For a store that prides itself on quality, this is bizarre.

I too was wondering about Olave. $20/liter. I just bought a bottle because the expiration date was 11/2014. Being from Chile, I thought it would be fresher this time of year. Bottle states Varieties as Frantoio, Luccino, Coratina and Arbequina. Have not opened it yet.

In Massachusetts, the Kirkland Signature is double labeled Fillipo Berio Organic Extra Virgin. Is this the Kirkland Signature that you're recommending?

When I first started reading your book, I bought Lucini which is also widely available in local Supermarkets varying in price from $15 to $22 for a 500 ml. bottle. Stated acidity is 0.2 to 0.4%. I enjoyed it although it is bottled in a light bottle so probably does not fare well stored on supermarket shelves.

Wegman's Supermarket is widely distributed across the Northeast US. They have a store brand line called Wegman's Italian classics which is relatively affordable. $10 for 500 ml. I chose the Campagnan which is D.O.P. Colline Salernitane. Says it is from Amalfi Coast. I'd like to try the Tuscan oil next. You should get them to mail you some to taste.

I am a novice to all this, so it would be helpful to be able to get my hands on something you've recommended so I can compare. I want to maximize the health benefits and would love to be able to taste the difference between true extra virgins and refined oils.

That being said, I have done a few side by side comparisons. I haven't been able to bring myself to drink the oil straight so I test it with bread dipped in olive oil. I like the light mouth feel of both the Wegman's Campagnan and the Lucini. Last night, I compared the Filipo Berrio Organic Extra Virgin to the Lucini and actually liked the "bite" of the Filipo Berrio. Maybe the Lucini is too mild to be an example of Tuscan oil. I did like the "mouth feel" of the Lucini better. Today, I compared some Carapelli Extra Virgin to the Lucini. The tastes were night and day. The Carapelli was blah, bland and greasy. That contrast gives me more confidence that maybe these other olive oils are pretty good even though they are not on your list.

Leslie,
Given its pricing, I'm not sure the Lucini is actually a Tuscan oil, though it is certainly bottled there. It's likely an Italian blend including Puglian and maybe Sicilian oils, given the size of those regions' production. The Costco Kirkland IGP Toscano extra virgin, at $10/ltr, is an excellent everyday oil, and certainly a Tuscan blend, given the certification. It's also harvest dated, and when they run out, it's gone until the next harvest. It's a balanced taste, with a little bite, but mostly midweight fruity. How much is the Wegman's Salernitana? It's an area whose controlled oils are not readily seen in NYCity. Thanks!

Hi Tom,

Olive oil is becoming an art as wine, is not just important the virginity (acidity grade), as the varieties. In Spain, is becoming popular buy directly single-variety oil, there are more than two hundred varieties cultivated in Spain but most popular are "Picual", "Arbequina", "Hojiblanca", every one contribute with its special characterisctic to your taste and your specific meal. I am deboted to Picual which it is very strong for salads and Hojiblanca for last finishing touch to the pasta.

I am very surprise to see so many comments about Italian olive oil brands, but they mainly sells spanish olive oil. I recommend you to search for the real productor-sellers.

I agree completely, Carlos - olive oil is going the way of wine (and the sooner the better!), w/ awareness growing of the different olive cultivars and the vastly different oils they make. People need to seek out producers and start recognizing the kinds of cultivars they like best, as they have w/ grape varieties in wine, coffee beans, chocolate, etc.

I am so pleased to see so many interesting comments and requests about obtaining excellent quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO). My wife and I have a house on Crete surrounded by olive trees and we produce our own EVOO every year in December/January; the first oil produced is always interesting and dynamic and contains the highest level of antioxydants and beneficial polyphenols. We sell what we don't give away under the banner of iLoveOil.co.uk if anyone is interested. I also work with the mill that makes our oil - Terra Creta and they produce beautiful EVOO from a single Koroneiki variety; recommended!

Koroneiki is one of my very favorite cultivars, esp. a big boistrous early harvest oil. And the section on Crete was one of my favorite parts of my book to research and write. I'd love to have a sample of your Terra Creta oil, if you're willing, for consideration on my list.

Hi Tom. great to hear your Fresh Air interview on NPR prior to the holidays.
As you update yout VF supplied tasting rooms, please refer to us under our full (and tradmarked) brand name: Gustare Oils & Vinegars since we are 'dedicated' tasting room rather than some our our New englans competitiors whom core business is not limited to a unique and memorable O&V guest experience. All the best with your book sales in 2012.
Dave & Catherine 'Gustare'

Hi Dave & Catherine – sorry, will do in the future.

I'm working in Vietnam for several years.. is there a way to order quality olive oils there? I'm pretty sure the ones I'm consuming are not kosher..

Hi – Sorry I can't say comment on olive oil quality in Vietnam, nor on Vietnamese customs and how they might affect your importing good oils mail order. Can you give me some brand names available in Vietnam?

Thank you so much for enlightening us. Here in Toronto we started buying EVOO from taze.ca They're selling turkish aegean EVOOs only. Highly delicious, but EXTREMLY expensive, unfortunately. We would be grateful if you can evaluate it for us sometime. They've in the US taze.com

I've looked into Ta-Ze and though their stores are beautiful, I don't think there is quality EVOO here. They pre-pack everything in clear glass (ack!!) which allows in sunlight, fluorescent light, etc. Also, they listed an EVOO on there website as having 1% acidity, which as we all know...cannot be called Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I'm a little skeptical.

mea culpa :) it's rather, in the US ta-ze.com

Hi Pierre – thanks, I've added this to my list of oils to follow up.

So glad to see Raimondo's Winery in Gamaliel, Arkansas listed! We went to a fabulous wine/oil/vinegar tasting there and came home with some wonderful products! I am glad to know I am getting quality oil. Thanks, Tom!

You mean to say there are no purveyors of fine olive oils in Toronto or Montreal? What gives?

This may be lack of information on my part, rather than a real lack. That said, I'm just back from Seattle, one of N. America's food capitals, where I was amazed by the lack of availability of fine olive oil. It was available at De Laurenti's and Chef Shop dot Com, at eye-popping prices, but otherwise very hard to come by....

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