Choosing an Olive Oil

Not sure what to look for?

Many people ask us how to choose an olive oil.

We asked Pablo Voitzuk, our olive oil maker, for some essential info that will help our customers choose an olive oil that they will enjoy:

“Some people buy extra virgin olive oil looking for the health benefits. This is mostly related to polyphenol count (amount of antioxidants), but I would say that more customers buy their olive oil based on taste and how they plan to use the olive oil in their cooking.”

Pablo’s suggestions for this year:

Mild, Subtle Flavors

Both Eva’s Blend and Proprietor’s Select have mild, subtle flavors with great aromas and gentle bitterness and piquancy. They’ll work on salads, bread dipping, fish, baking, guacamole, hummus, sea food pastas, and homemade mayonnaise.

Medium Intensity

Tuscan Blend is a medium intensity olive oil with some perceptible assertiveness—but not robust. It’ll will pair well salmon, poultry, steamed vegetables, vegetable soups and read meat dishes.

Intense Flavors

Tehama Blend and the Organic Blend are quite assertive this year. The first, multi-awarded, features vibrant aromas of tomato leaf, with a good deal of character. It’s great on pastas with tomato sauce, vegetable soups, gazpacho, bruschettas, lentils and red meat. The Organic Blend, of herbaceous flavors, it’s great with white beans, lamb, BBQs or ragú sauce pastas.

Choosing a Gift

For customers who want to send a gift, both Eva’s Blend and Tehama Blend are delicious and versatile. Most people, from foodies to newcomers in the olive oil world, like them. People supporting sustainable, ecological values may prefer our Organic Blend, which is a beautiful olive oil as well.

There are people who rely on or want to check what the experts say, and for them we have our award winning Tehama Blend, which won Best of Show at the Los Angeles International and an important prize in Tokyo, Japan at JOOP. And by the way, all the blends were awarded with a Gold or Silver medal at least in different competitions. We also have our Sampler Basket if you’d like to send a variety of small bottles ~ our Sampler Basket is a popular gift.

View all 2017 awards…

Pablo is frequently asked what his favorite olive oil is…

“This is a tricky question since each EVOO we make serves a different purpose and has its own characteristics. If I were to pick one it would be the Tuscan Blend, for it has many of the attributes I expect from an olive oil of excellence: fresh fragrant aromas, good structure in terms of bitterness and pungency, which guarantees an optimal shelf life, complexity of flavors and a clean, neat mouth feel. Salud!”