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#51 Post by Leonard Maran » March 9th, 2015, 10:49 am

Tom Moore wrote:Got to love Costco, this oil is pretty darn good.
Not everyone has to love Costco!

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#52 Post by N. Justl » March 9th, 2015, 10:52 am

Frank Deis wrote:Since this thread was bumped I have been checking every time I go to Costco -- but I have not seen the dated Tuscan oil. In fact what I've seen is some dated Spanish olive oil (can't recall the name, of course it's Kirkland but there is a designation) and I bought a bottle but haven't gotten around to trying it yet.

I have a feeling it will be pretty good but I still want the Tuscan stuff. Are people seeing that in the northeast NY-NJ-CT area?
Same here in Houston. Caved and bought the Spanish this weekend, but have not tried it yet.
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#53 Post by Jim Friedman » March 9th, 2015, 11:37 am

I bought two 2014 liters yesterday.

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#54 Post by Robert.Fleming » March 9th, 2015, 12:59 pm

The Spanish oil is D.O.P. Siurana, made from Arbequina olives. It is outstanding for the price (<$10/liter).

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#55 Post by ekovitch » March 12th, 2015, 8:39 am

Doing a lot of driving around the country lately. I have seen the Spanish in Michigan,and the Tuscan seems to be in the Illinois and Ohio Costcos.
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#56 Post by Robert Pollard-Smith » March 12th, 2015, 10:14 am

Unless they are hiding it from me, the Lincoln Park Costco has nothing but lesser stuff in 2L bottles.

At least I have some Veleta on en route!
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#57 Post by Jeff Fish » March 13th, 2015, 12:29 pm

The Tuscan wasn't at the local Cbus Costco today, but the Spanish was so I picked up a couple of bottles to try.
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#58 Post by Nola Palomar » March 14th, 2015, 7:50 pm

FYI it is the freshest you can get, (Veleta) that is...
We never filter so you'll notice the cloudy appearance and lots of sediment as it settles.... It will clear over time, but it's perfectly fine just the way it is... Basted eggs with this is pure heaven....
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#59 Post by Leonard Maran » March 15th, 2015, 12:47 am

I'm eagerly anticipating it Nola!

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#60 Post by Robert Pollard-Smith » March 15th, 2015, 9:22 am

LP Costco now stocking the Arbequiña.
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#61 Post by AaronE » March 28th, 2015, 12:55 pm

How's the quality of the '14 Tuscan?
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#62 Post by Tom Moore » March 28th, 2015, 2:05 pm

I would call it as good as last year - really an incredible oil for the money. I used to spend lots of $$ on evoo and after trying this oil a few years ago I stopped. There are exceptions to the rule but....
BTW just received my berserkerday allotment of Veleta oil and it's very good as well and was a bargain. Love the unfiltered look to it. The sardines and tuna are amazing as well - I highly recommend.

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#63 Post by AaronE » March 28th, 2015, 2:45 pm

Tom Moore wrote:I would call it as good as last year - really an incredible oil for the money. I used to spend lots of $$ on evoo and after trying this oil a few years ago I stopped. There are exceptions to the rule but....
BTW just received my berserkerday allotment of Veleta oil and it's very good as well and was a bargain. Love the unfiltered look to it. The sardines and tuna are amazing as well - I highly recommend.
Thanks! I picked up one bottle but need to finish up a couple from last year before opening it. I think I'll grab another next time I'm there -- of course my wife went this morning...
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#64 Post by ekovitch » April 7th, 2015, 1:50 pm

Score! A full palate (oops, pallet) of the Tuscan at the Downer's Grove (Chicagoland) Costco. $12.99/Litre.
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#65 Post by Nancy Dolce » April 7th, 2015, 3:00 pm

Robert Pollard-Smith wrote:LP Costco now stocking the Arbequiña.
That's what is available in North San Diego area, too.
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#66 Post by Frank Deis » April 7th, 2015, 5:06 pm

Still no Tuscan in Edison NJ.
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#67 Post by Peter Kleban » April 7th, 2015, 5:20 pm

Nola Palomar wrote:FYI it is the freshest you can get, (Veleta) that is...
We never filter so you'll notice the cloudy appearance and lots of sediment as it settles.... It will clear over time, but it's perfectly fine just the way it is... Basted eggs with this is pure heaven....
Ours is wonderful! Even better than last year, a bit more oomph somehow. Just love it.
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#68 Post by Kevin Lancelotta » April 8th, 2015, 1:22 pm

Glad I saw this thread. . . heading to Costco right outside of Boston to see if they have any.

That price just can't be beat

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#69 Post by John O' » January 5th, 2016, 4:20 pm

picked up the 2015 harvest today in Syracuse, NY
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#70 Post by dcornutt » January 5th, 2016, 5:17 pm

Nola Palomar wrote:FYI it is the freshest you can get, (Veleta) that is...
We never filter so you'll notice the cloudy appearance and lots of sediment as it settles.... It will clear over time, but it's perfectly fine just the way it is... Basted eggs with this is pure heaven....
My wife freaks out about the sediment but this is GREAT oil. I filter it out with a coffee filter for her. (Not really necessary however) It is my house oil right now. I don't think you can do better for the money. Thanks Nola. I love this.
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#71 Post by Siun o'Connell » January 5th, 2016, 11:20 pm

Love Veleta oil - and the sherry vinegar. I'll be restocking this berserker Day for sure.

Has anyone had the oil produced by Scholium Project?

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#72 Post by P. Willenberg » January 6th, 2016, 7:31 am

the Terra Delyssa Organic Tunisian Extra Virgin Olive Oil at Costco is quite nice for everyday cooking. Very mild, good length with nice fruit.
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#73 Post by Tom Moore » January 8th, 2016, 8:51 am

I picked up some of the 2015 Costco Tuscan oil as well and decided to do a blind test with 3 oils. The other 2 were 2014 Valeta and 2015 Monteoriolo from Tuscany.

Costco ($10.99 litre) was clean and the most neutral

Valeta ($10 for 1/2 liter Berserkerdays) had a bit more body and a peppery bite

Monteoriolo ($25 litre) was the best of all - rich, fresh, fruity, grassy

This years version of the Costco Tuscan is not quite as good as last 2 years but very good for an everyday oil.
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#74 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » January 8th, 2016, 1:16 pm

I also just picked up some of the Costco olive oil and think it's very good for the price.

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#75 Post by Peter Kleban » January 8th, 2016, 1:20 pm

Sherri Shapiro wrote:I also just picked up some of the Costco olive oil and think it's very good for the price.
I'm sure it is, but you've just gotta love the Veleta! flirtysmile flirtysmile champagne.gif
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#77 Post by Chris S p i k e s » January 8th, 2016, 2:19 pm

Paul Miller wrote:Reserved my 5L tin

http://www.extravirginoilco.com/

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Paul, their website says they are sold out. When did you buy it?

And, can you comment on the quality if you've had it in the past?

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#78 Post by Paul Miller » January 8th, 2016, 2:36 pm

Chris S p i k e s wrote: Paul, their website says they are sold out. When did you buy it?

And, can you comment on the quality if you've had it in the past?
I bet they have not updated their website yet. Actually got an email from them asking if I wanted to order the new vintage. The old was sold out, and they are booking for this year.

I've had a couple of their vintages in the past. Been impressed with the quality. Mostly used it for when I want to dribble fresh olive oil - feel guilty sometimes cooking with it. So salads, bread, pasta, where I want to pour on fresh oil, works great (cooks well too).

This company (I think) is owned by Andy Hampsten, American cyclist who won the Giro Italia (it's his wife that was the model for the label riding a bicycle). He now does bike tours in Italy. Friends (and foodies) have done his rides a few times, and they stop at the olive grove and orchard in Tuscany. They always bring back oil that they've shared, and since ordered directly and shared with us. This time we decided to order our own tin.

I would reach out to Elaine Lauterbach-Hampsten (elaine@cinghiale.com) if interested. We've been very pleased with the oils in the past. I think they sell a smaller bottle if you want something to try.

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#79 Post by Paul Miller » February 1st, 2016, 3:53 pm

It's now orderable

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#80 Post by Frank Deis » February 1st, 2016, 9:43 pm

FINALLY it showed up in the Edison store! I bought 3 bottles, 2 to give away.
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#81 Post by M. Chacchia » February 10th, 2016, 4:22 pm

Will pick-up the Tuscan @ Costco on Friday. They also have the 2015 Olio Nuovo from California Olive which I have already bought. Pretty good unfiltered EVOO. Has anyone tried it?
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#82 Post by John O' » March 15th, 2016, 9:38 am

Compared the 2015 Costco EVOO vs. the new Veleta.
The Costco had a strange bitterness on the back-end, almost throat constricting. SWMBO noticed the same bitterness. I'm halfway thru the bottle and hadn't noticed that when mixed with spices for bread dipping.
The Veleta was much better.
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#83 Post by SeanHarding » March 15th, 2016, 1:30 pm

Interesting. I haven't noticed that with the bottle of 2015 Costco we have open.

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#84 Post by Henry Kiichli » March 15th, 2016, 1:35 pm

I love good olive oil, but can't shop at Costco, but...

I really like seeing this topic all the time with Bob Wood's name.
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#85 Post by Peter Hirdt » March 16th, 2016, 11:17 am

Henry Kiichli wrote:I really like seeing this topic all the time with Bob Wood's name.
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#86 Post by dsGriswold » March 27th, 2016, 1:10 am

We have not tried the Veleta yet. New Seasons Markets has been running a sale on California Olive Ranch oils that are very good for the money. They also sell a bulk oil that is good and I use it daily for cooking. My wife has been big on Siurana Uniq, olio de Catalunya from Pastaworks that she says not to waste on cooking.
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#87 Post by Scott Butler » March 27th, 2016, 4:00 pm

The Veleta is amazing.

My other current fave is Global Gardens Ascolano from Los Olivos...just delicious.

I struggle with Italian EVOO these days with all the corruption, who knows what it in the bottle. (edit: it does seem like Costco is pretty good about verification)

Sounds like Costco even switched to Greek:

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#88 Post by Stan Y. » March 29th, 2016, 4:17 am

Scott Butler wrote:I struggle with Italian EVOO these days with all the corruption, who knows what it in the bottle.
The solution to this is simply to buy your oil the same way you buy your wine. You wouldn't drink generic jug Chianti would you? Small quality wine producers like Selvapiana, Colognole, il Carnasciale, etc. are not going to include grapes from Morocco and Tunisia in their wines...same with their oils.
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#89 Post by Scott Butler » March 29th, 2016, 9:52 am

I actually don't mind jug Chianti...but yes I get your point. I don't know my EVOO producers very well, but I could certainly rectify that with some research.
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#90 Post by Mike Wenzel » March 30th, 2016, 5:44 pm

Received my Veleta and very impressed with it. Light years ahead of California Olive Ranch in my opinion.

Also just received my annual Rare Wine Co. shipment of Tuscan oils, but not cracked any yet.

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#91 Post by Stan Y. » March 31st, 2016, 4:02 am

What's the web address or contact info for ordering Veleta?

I like California Olive Ranch for cooking and vinaigrettes where a more neutral oil is appropriate. It's fresh, mildly fruity, and $8.96 for 750s at my local Walmart. It's not what I like for drizzling and dipping.

For the Rare Wine Co oils this is the first year I preferred Selvapiana to the Grati oils. Interested to see how Cogno turned out under new ownership, ordered but haven't tried it yet.
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#92 Post by Henry Kiichli » March 31st, 2016, 4:22 am

Stan Y. wrote:What's the web address or contact info for ordering Veleta?

I like California Olive Ranch for cooking and vinaigrettes where a more neutral oil is appropriate. It's fresh, mildly fruity, and $8.96 for 750s at my local Walmart. It's not what I like for drizzling and dipping.

For the Rare Wine Co oils this is the first year I preferred Selvapiana to the Grati oils. Interested to see how Cogno turned out under new ownership, ordered but haven't tried it yet.

http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/lis ... uenavista/
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#93 Post by Scott Butler » March 31st, 2016, 5:02 am

Stan Y. wrote:What's the web address or contact info for ordering Veleta?

I like California Olive Ranch for cooking and vinaigrettes where a more neutral oil is appropriate. It's fresh, mildly fruity, and $8.96 for 750s at my local Walmart. It's not what I like for drizzling and dipping.

For the Rare Wine Co oils this is the first year I preferred Selvapiana to the Grati oils. Interested to see how Cogno turned out under new ownership, ordered but haven't tried it yet.
Another link for Veleta:

http://www.gourmetsofspain.com/store/c1 ... ducts.html

I have Selvapiana and Colognole on order from Rare Wine Co, interested to try them.
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#94 Post by Michae1 P0wers » April 1st, 2016, 10:56 am

Scott Butler wrote:
Stan Y. wrote:What's the web address or contact info for ordering Veleta?

I like California Olive Ranch for cooking and vinaigrettes where a more neutral oil is appropriate. It's fresh, mildly fruity, and $8.96 for 750s at my local Walmart. It's not what I like for drizzling and dipping.

For the Rare Wine Co oils this is the first year I preferred Selvapiana to the Grati oils. Interested to see how Cogno turned out under new ownership, ordered but haven't tried it yet.
Another link for Veleta:

http://www.gourmetsofspain.com/store/c1 ... ducts.html

I have Selvapiana and Colognole on order from Rare Wine Co, interested to try them.
I've been eyeing a purchase of the Selvapiana. That brilliant green color is very tempting, though once shipping is included it gets a bit pricey.

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#95 Post by Scott Butler » April 1st, 2016, 11:17 am

Michael Powers wrote:
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Stan Y. wrote:What's the web address or contact info for ordering Veleta?

I like California Olive Ranch for cooking and vinaigrettes where a more neutral oil is appropriate. It's fresh, mildly fruity, and $8.96 for 750s at my local Walmart. It's not what I like for drizzling and dipping.

For the Rare Wine Co oils this is the first year I preferred Selvapiana to the Grati oils. Interested to see how Cogno turned out under new ownership, ordered but haven't tried it yet.
Another link for Veleta:

http://www.gourmetsofspain.com/store/c1 ... ducts.html

I have Selvapiana and Colognole on order from Rare Wine Co, interested to try them.
I've been eyeing a purchase of the Selvapiana. That brilliant green color is very tempting, though once shipping is included it gets a bit pricey.
Yeh, you need to buy a few other things to get the shipping cost per item down
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#96 Post by Adam Noble » January 15th, 2017, 1:27 pm

The 2016 harvest was in at Costco in Seattle today.

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#97 Post by Tony C » January 16th, 2017, 9:58 am

Michae1 P0wers wrote:
Scott Butler wrote:
Stan Y. wrote:What's the web address or contact info for ordering Veleta?

I like California Olive Ranch for cooking and vinaigrettes where a more neutral oil is appropriate. It's fresh, mildly fruity, and $8.96 for 750s at my local Walmart. It's not what I like for drizzling and dipping.

For the Rare Wine Co oils this is the first year I preferred Selvapiana to the Grati oils. Interested to see how Cogno turned out under new ownership, ordered but haven't tried it yet.
Another link for Veleta:

http://www.gourmetsofspain.com/store/c1 ... ducts.html

I have Selvapiana and Colognole on order from Rare Wine Co, interested to try them.
I've been eyeing a purchase of the Selvapiana. That brilliant green color is very tempting, though once shipping is included it gets a bit pricey.
I purchased the Selvapiana based on its amazing color and it was very disappointed. Too pungent for my taste.
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#98 Post by Scott Butler » January 16th, 2017, 10:18 am

Tony C wrote:
Michae1 P0wers wrote:
Scott Butler wrote: Another link for Veleta:

http://www.gourmetsofspain.com/store/c1 ... ducts.html

I have Selvapiana and Colognole on order from Rare Wine Co, interested to try them.
I've been eyeing a purchase of the Selvapiana. That brilliant green color is very tempting, though once shipping is included it gets a bit pricey.
I purchased the Selvapiana based on its amazing color and it was very disappointed. Too pungent for my taste.
Yes. There are a few other threads on that olive oil and I am in total agreement with you way too bitter for my taste. But some people love it ... different strokes

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#99 Post by CJ Beazley » January 16th, 2017, 10:54 am

Scott Butler wrote:The Veleta is amazing.

My other current fave is Global Gardens Ascolano from Los Olivos...just delicious.

I struggle with Italian EVOO these days with all the corruption, who knows what it in the bottle. (edit: it does seem like Costco is pretty good about verification)

Sounds like Costco even switched to Greek:

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/re ... rops-woes/
They made a big deal about this, but my Costco only had the Greek (blue top) once.
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#100 Post by Adam Noble » January 16th, 2017, 11:26 am

The 2016 was Tuscan.

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