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#1 Post by jordan jacobs »

Hey all,
I am looking for your favorite olive oil high in Oleocanthal.
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Olive oil is mostly like wine, the more specific you can tell where it's from, the better. It ages the opposite of wine though and you want to make sure you get something from the 2020 harvest. There is better stuff than Costco--but their stuff from California and Tuscany is a great value. Looks like this but from 2020 harvest:
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#3 Post by Ryan A »

For what it’s worth, wineries in prime growing areas like Napa (and others around the world) tend to make incredible fresh cold pressed EVOO. A few references are Abreu and Eisele and they are killer- can’t get enough.

Olive oil like wine have different flavor profiles, some more subtle while others are more pungent and/or spicy. Some have more grassy notes- just like wine it’s fun and yummy to taste as many high quality options as you can.
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#4 Post by Siun o'Connell »

Good discussion on Olive Oil here:

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I’ve honestly never seen olive oil discussed as to levels of oleocanthal, so not sure how to help. I had to look it up.
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I have purchased Olive oils from The Rare Wine Company every year when they have an offer. The olive oils offered have always been fresh and outstanding !!

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NED VALOIS wrote: March 17th, 2021, 9:14 pm I have purchased Olive oils from The Rare Wine Company every year when they have an offer. The olive oils offered have always been fresh and outstanding !!
Agreed - we have a batch coming today, in fact.
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When did the offer go out Sarah? I've been buying for like 25 years and didn't get the email two years ago...someone there thoughtfully wrote "we noticed you haven't placed your order yet did you receive the email". Got the email last year (looks like 3/21) but nothing yet this year other than the nuovo offer in December.
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NED VALOIS wrote: March 17th, 2021, 9:14 pm I have purchased Olive oils from The Rare Wine Company every year when they have an offer. The olive oils offered have always been fresh and outstanding !!
Shipping olive oil, eh. I wonder if the same approach works for other foods. cheesehead
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#10 Post by Ron Slye »

If you have not tried it, we like Nola's olive oil from Spain. https://www.gourmetsofspain.com/veleta- ... oil.html#/

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#11 Post by Jay Miller »

While I have no idea of how to track Oleocanthal content I also like Nola's (Veleta) olive oil.

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Stan Y. wrote: March 18th, 2021, 6:54 am When did the offer go out Sarah? I've been buying for like 25 years and didn't get the email two years ago...someone there thoughtfully wrote "we noticed you haven't placed your order yet did you receive the email". Got the email last year (looks like 3/21) but nothing yet this year other than the nuovo offer in December.
I'm not sure exactly when - Jonathan does the olive oil orders from Rare Wine Co. and he can't recall exactly. He does remember, though, that the offer was a while ago and included the caveat that shipping would be delayed on this batch.
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Thanks for checking Sarah. RWC just told me they are waiting for a container in early April. You guys must be "A list" customers :-), I only buy 12 each year from the regular offer these days, and no wine. Our local Italian craft wine importer who brings in Vallana (and Falkenstein) will get a batch of good Tuscan oils soon, so not quite as wedded to RWC for good oil as several years ago.
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Victor Hong wrote: March 18th, 2021, 7:01 am
NED VALOIS wrote: March 17th, 2021, 9:14 pm I have purchased Olive oils from The Rare Wine Company every year when they have an offer. The olive oils offered have always been fresh and outstanding !!
Shipping olive oil, eh. I wonder if the same approach works for other foods. cheesehead
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#15 Post by Siun o'Connell »

Another vote for Veleta here.

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Veleta here

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Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: March 18th, 2021, 6:35 pm Veleta here
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Veleta, si.
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We go through a LOT of olive oil. I go to a Persian grocery in Lexington and buy 3L bottles of Lebanese olive oil. The brand I have in the house now is "Lebanon Valley", but everything I've bought at that grocery has been excellent. It's as good as most pricey boutique oils, but comes at a fraction of the cost. I'll never buy California oil again.

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Sarah Kirschbaum wrote: March 18th, 2021, 9:12 am
Stan Y. wrote: March 18th, 2021, 6:54 am When did the offer go out Sarah? I've been buying for like 25 years and didn't get the email two years ago...someone there thoughtfully wrote "we noticed you haven't placed your order yet did you receive the email". Got the email last year (looks like 3/21) but nothing yet this year other than the nuovo offer in December.
I'm not sure exactly when - Jonathan does the olive oil orders from Rare Wine Co. and he can't recall exactly. He does remember, though, that the offer was a while ago and included the caveat that shipping would be delayed on this batch.
It looks like the original RWC offer was December 9th and sold out in about a day. I dont know if there was an email (can't find one), but if you went to the sold out offer it told you about the follow-up (different lots that wouldnt ship until jan/feb). I ordered that December 18th and received it yesterday. It was cheaper than the original offer because no air freight. I think that offer was around for a couple weeks.

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#21 Post by alan weinberg »

Love Veleta but this Kermit Lynch Provence oil via Martin Steinley is hands down favorite.
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Josh Grossman wrote: March 17th, 2021, 8:05 pm Olive oil is mostly like wine, the more specific you can tell where it's from, the better. It ages the opposite of wine though and you want to make sure you get something from the 2020 harvest. There is better stuff than Costco--but their stuff from California and Tuscany is a great value. Looks like this but from 2020 harvest:
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I was disappointed that I never got any 2020 Tuscany this year. I do like the California oil. I like the Greek too but my wife prefers California.
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david jacobson wrote: March 20th, 2021, 9:33 am It looks like the original RWC offer was December 9th and sold out in about a day. I dont know if there was an email (can't find one), but if you went to the sold out offer it told you about the follow-up (different lots that wouldnt ship until jan/feb). I ordered that December 18th and received it yesterday. It was cheaper than the original offer because no air freight. I think that offer was around for a couple weeks.
Ok good to know - that's exactly what happened, I was on the 12/9 offer and didn't receive the sold-out email. That stuff goes quickly; they sent a later offer last spring with Franci Grand Cru that I waited a couple of days on, to my disappointment. Thanks David.
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Sarah Kirschbaum wrote: March 18th, 2021, 6:13 am
NED VALOIS wrote: March 17th, 2021, 9:14 pm I have purchased Olive oils from The Rare Wine Company every year when they have an offer. The olive oils offered have always been fresh and outstanding !!
Agreed - we have a batch coming today, in fact.
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jordan jacobs wrote: March 17th, 2021, 7:42 pm Hey all,
I am looking for your favorite olive oil high in Oleocanthal.
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#26 Post by Rob Isaacs »

This olive oil from Villa Jerada is one of the most interesting I have ever tried, QPR for days on this one.

https://www.villajerada.com/shop#!/Dese ... category=0

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RARE WINE OLIVE OIL ORDERS OPEN !

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NED VALOIS wrote: April 5th, 2021, 5:59 pm RARE WINE OLIVE OIL ORDERS OPEN !
Order is in!
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I am in 4 a case & change !

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#30 Post by Ken Strauss »

I requested the “Mother Lode”

We use a lot of 🫒 oil.

2020 is truly incredible!

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#31 Post by Jayson Cohen »

This is the first time I’ve ordered oil from RWC. Just three bottles. (We don’t use much, and I can get Ravida locally in NYC, which is my go-to, for a good price.)

Excited to try them.

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Jayson Cohen wrote: April 6th, 2021, 2:29 pm This is the first time I’ve ordered oil from RWC. Just three bottles. (We don’t use much, and I can get Ravida locally in NYC, which is my go-to, for a good price.)

Excited to try them.
The oils are always good.
The 2020’s are spectacular!
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Wow there are a lot of different oils to choose from being offered by RWC. Anyone have any recommendations?

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My in-laws live near the Queen Creek Olive Mill in Queen Creek, AZ. I really enjoy visiting when I’m in town. They make some good oil and many flavored oils. I like them as a novelty. You can layer them like garlic and basil on tomatoes, etc. It’s a fun place to visit if you find yourself in the eastern part of the Phoenix area.
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Edward H. Earles wrote: March 19th, 2021, 7:27 am We go through a LOT of olive oil. I go to a Persian grocery in Lexington and buy 3L bottles of Lebanese olive oil. The brand I have in the house now is "Lebanon Valley", but everything I've bought at that grocery has been excellent. It's as good as most pricey boutique oils, but comes at a fraction of the cost. I'll never buy California oil again.
The best value we have found is also from Lebanon. We prefer something fruity. Some of the Tuscan oils are a bit more peppery and herbal than we prefer. Olive Harvest is what we usually buy. https://www.oliveharvest.com/olive-oil/ Just like Edward says, it's as good as some much more expensive oils, and we actually like it better than most. The occasional splurge on something like Paolo Bea is nice too. No idea about Oleocanthal.

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Alan Comroe wrote: April 6th, 2021, 6:27 pm Wow there are a lot of different oils to choose from being offered by RWC. Anyone have any recommendations?
I got a Rufina six pack, some extra Selvapiana, and the one bottle limit of Franci grand cru. Just ordered 3 more of the Franci from a different source. Their signature producer has been Grati (Prunatelli, Vetrice, Monte)...they don't quite reach the highest highs of a few things but are reasonable and very good, similar to other oils in the Rufina pack. Wish I could buy more Colognole and a few others that used to be available individually, but the offer has become so popular that you only get a selection now.

Edit in response to Doug: Peppery and herbal along with bright greeen intensity, fruitiness, and texture are what I look for. What I don't like personally is an intense grassiness that some oils can have. Not unlike wine preferences!
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Alan Comroe wrote: April 6th, 2021, 6:27 pm Wow there are a lot of different oils to choose from being offered by RWC. Anyone have any recommendations?
If I had to pick 1 it would be the Franci Grand Cru.
I haven’t had the 2020 yet. Rare Wine offered the 2019 and it was amazing.
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Olive Oil Storage & Handling
As a natural product, and unlike wine, olive oil does not improve with time, so it is best used within a year. Nevertheless, depending on the variety, a freshly harvested olive oil could last up to 18 months without losing its sensory characteristics. Store olive oil in an air-tight bottle or container away from light and heat to maintain freshness.

Storage Containers
Olive oil can be kept longer than most other edible oils. Although it can get rancid, olive oil is less likely to become rancid than other oils, especially if it is stored properly. The best containers for storage are glass (especially tinted glass), ceramic, porcelain, or non-reactive metals such as stainless steel.

Olive oil will oxidize rapidly if it is not kept in a sealed container. If olive oil is stored in a bottle, always replace the cap on the bottle and keep it tightly sealed. Never put olive oil in a container that does not have a tight cap or some other method of sealing the container.

Do not store olive oil in containers made of reactive metals such as copper or iron. The chemical reaction between the olive oil and the metal will damage the oil and may produce toxins. Olive oil should not be stored in plastic containers because the oil may absorb PVC’s from the plastic.

Temperature for Storage
The ideal temperature for storing olive oil is 57°F, although a normal room temperature of 70ºF works very well if the olive oil is stored in a dark area where the temperature remains fairly constant. Olive oil will solidify at 36ºF, but it will return to a liquid state as soon as the temperature rises. In colder weather, olive oil may turn cloudy, especially if the temperature of the storage area falls below 50ºF.

Locations for Storage
It is important to store olive oil in a cool, dark place. A wine cellar is an ideal place for storing olive oil because it is dark and the temperature is cool and constant. Since most of us do not own wine cellars, a kitchen cabinet located away from the stove and away from direct sunlight will work quite well.

Refrigeration will extend the life of olive oil without harming the oil. The oil will become cloudy and solidify in the refrigerator, but this will not significantly affect the quality or flavor. When the oil is warmed to room temperature it will return to a liquid state and its color will be restored. Refrigeration does not harm most grades of olive oil, but it is not recommended for expensive extra virgin varieties because condensation may develop in the bottle, affecting the flavor.

Shelf Life
Olive should keep a minimum of 15 months if it is properly stored. If it is stored in its original container and remains unopened, it should last for 2 years or more.

Olive oil has the best flavor when it is used within a year after it is pressed and it is at its peak within 2 or 3 months after pressing. Unlike many types of wine, olive oil does not improve with age. As olive oil ages, it continually degrades and the acidity level rises. As a result, an older bottle of olive oil may have an unpleasant odor and taste. The oil will be neither harmful if consumed, nor very pleasing.

Lower grades of olive oil usually have a shorter shelf life than top quality extra virgin oil because the acidity level is already higher at the time of bottling. A grade of olive such as semi-fine virgin, which has a much higher oleic acid content than extra virgin, may become less desirable after only a few months because the acidity level may rise to an unacceptable level.

Safety Tips
Olive oil is safe to use even if it has oxidized. The flavor and aroma may not be very pleasant, but it is not harmful if consumed.

Some flavored olive oils have additives that may require refrigeration in order to preserve them. Others may not require refrigeration because of the process used when manufacturing the oil, so it is best to read the label carefully. It is usually not safe to make your own flavored olive oils at home and keep them for any length of time. Some flavoring agents may promote the growth of bacteria and can only be safely added with commercial processes. You may, however, prepare homemade flavored olive oils if they are used immediately and any leftover oil is disposed of.

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Doug Schulman wrote: April 6th, 2021, 6:57 pm
Edward H. Earles wrote: March 19th, 2021, 7:27 am We go through a LOT of olive oil. I go to a Persian grocery in Lexington and buy 3L bottles of Lebanese olive oil. The brand I have in the house now is "Lebanon Valley", but everything I've bought at that grocery has been excellent. It's as good as most pricey boutique oils, but comes at a fraction of the cost. I'll never buy California oil again.
The best value we have found is also from Lebanon. We prefer something fruity. Some of the Tuscan oils are a bit more peppery and herbal than we prefer. Olive Harvest is what we usually buy. https://www.oliveharvest.com/olive-oil/ Just like Edward says, it's as good as some much more expensive oils, and we actually like it better than most. The occasional splurge on something like Paolo Bea is nice too. No idea about Oleocanthal.
I have no experience with Lebanese oils, but some Turkish oils are great values, also in a lighter, fruitier style. For those of you in the NYC/NJ area, the Istanbul Market on Main Street, on the border of Clifton and Paterson, just south of US46, has these. (Of course, a lot of "Packed in Italy" oil includes Turkish oil, along with Greek, Spanish and other cheaper sources.)

The one on the left is $6 for 1L, the one in the middle is $6 for 750ml and the one on the right is $12 a liter. I've tasted them side-by-side with much more expensive Italian oils I've found in the supermarket (admittedly, not a benchmark), and they are far better. They are also very good in an absolute sense -- flavorful in a lighter style. The $6/1L one is ideal for sauteeing and frying. (They also sell these in 3L cans for $20 or so.)
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