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
5
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
5
Jerome Jerome Olive Oil Traders VF
0
Peoria Olive Gourmet VF
5
Phoenix Olivastro VF
0
Phoenix Olive Creations VF
5
Phoenix Outrageous Olive Oils and Vinegars VF
0
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
0
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
0
Berkeley Sur la Table (24 additional locations)
0
Burlingame Del Oliva VF
0
Camarillo Epicurean Olive Oil VF
0
Campbell The Olive Bar VF
0
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
0
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
0
Oregon House Apollo Olive Oil state-of-the-art milling technology & relentless quality focus
5
Oroville Berkely Olive Grove 1913 oil from ancient Mission groves
0
Oroville California Olive Ranch the most widely-distributed American-made olive oil in the US
5
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!
0
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
0
Stockton Bozzano Olive Ranch estate-produced olive oil
5
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.
0
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
Coconut Creek Lovin' Olive VF
0
Aventura Aventura Olive Oil Co. VF
0
Aventura Sur la Table (5 additional locations)
0
Boca Raton Williams-Sonoma (21 additional locations)
0
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 Two Olive Trees VF
5
Tampa Joe and Sons VF
0
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 Garden The Sacred Olive 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
0
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
0
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
St Simons Island The Golden Isles Olive Oil 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
0
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
5
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
5
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
4
Madison Galena Garlic VF
0
Shipshewana The Olive Branch #3 VF
0
Winona Lake Olive Branch VF
0
Iowa
Davenport Twisted Trunk Olive Oil Co VF
0
Des Moines Allspice Culinarium VF
0
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
Topeka The Tasteful Olive VF
0
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
0
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.
0
Annapolis Seasons of Olives VF
0
Annapolis Sur la Table
0
Annapolis Williams-Sonoma (4 additional locations)
0
Frederick Lebherz Olive Oil VF
0
Hagerstown Weyira Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting Gallery 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
0
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
0
Minneapolis Annona Gourmet VF
0
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 and Las Vegas Big Horn Olive Oil Co. VF
5
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
0
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
Skaneateles F Oliver's 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
0
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
0
Huntingdon Valley Olive Lucy Gourmet Food Store VF
0
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
0
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
0
Rapid City Vita Sana #2 VF
0
Sioux Falls Olive Destination VF
0
Tennessee
Franklin Williams-Sonoma (3 additional locations)
0
Memphis The Mighty Olive VF
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
0
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
0
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 Part of a good chain of taste-before-buying olive oil boutiques
0
Richmond Oil & Vinegar Part of a good chain of taste-before-buying olive oil boutiques
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
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In Toronto, good oils can be had at The Olive Pit, Olive and Olives, and the various locations of Pusateri's (though the Avenue Rd. store has possibly the best selection). All of these places will allow you to taste before buying.

Other shops worthy of consideration (without the option of pre-tasting, however) are McEwan and Summerhill Market. Fiesta Farms has current COR oil, while vaious Sobeys locations stock expired COR oils (Arbequina & MIller's Blend).

Other stores are hit and miss, though gems can be found therein.

Hope this helps.

Best wishes,
Peter

We've had a girl name picked out since bfreoe we got married. Of course, we found out today that we're having a boy... We're thrilled, but having a hard time coming up with a name that we love that isn't too common, but isn't weird either.

Thanks for mentioning GoEVOO; just wanted to let you know that GoEVOO app list producers/stores throughout the US, not just California.

Love you site and book!

Thanks Carol, and sorry for the imprecision on my part!

Did you happen to check out Seattle Olive Oil Co.? There's an outlet in Redmond. Not vouching for it, myself, wondering what you thought.

I see no mention of French oils. My wife is French and we have spent a lot of time in Provence where some great oils exist. There are two big sellers I am trying to see if Tom or anyone has any comments on.

First, is Oliviers&Co they have a chain of stores all over France and several in the US. The stores are very nice to visit, they sells oils form all over the world, clearly marked by region you can taste everything and they talk about flavor profiles and freshness. My experiences there have been great but that was before the "book".

Secondly, Nicholas Alziari, they are from Nice, make a variety of flavor profiles that seam to be high quality -the real thing- and have some of the most beautiful cans you have ever seen but it does say, "cold extraction" "pressed in stove mill". They are also sold at William and Sonoma.

I would like to make a correction to my above post. The Alziari can says, "pressed in STONE mill" not "stove".
G

I just ran to check my label after hearing you on CBC. Mastro cold pressed extra virgin. I googled it to find that they had fraud issues in 2010. I wonder how I can find out if they have cleaned up their act?

Good question. Where were the fraud issues reported, by the CFIA? They have good consumer support, and might be able to say the outcome of their citation. But I must say, if a company has been involved w/ fraud in the past, they're unlikely to be world-beaters for quality in the future (!)

Hi Tom, It's fun to read all of these comments. Keep up the good work on "real" extra virgin olive oil. We share your taste in the Italian estate bottled selections on your list. Cutrera's Primo, Tenuta Pennita, del Carmine, Villa Zottopera, Frantoio Franci, Frescobaldi, etc. are available!

I am a small producer (300 lt) of olive juice in Tuscany (Magliano in Toscana). The breeze and the climate, tipical of the hills lying in front of the mediterrean sea just ahead Isola del Giglio (now unluckely famous) and the clayey soil perfect for olive tree and vineyard growth but in particular the hands and the arms of the people which collect the olives one by one without damaging them (that is the secrets of a good juice), makes the olive oil from this "Baja Toscana" region a rare essence. Aside from anticancer property, olive oil, although is fattening "per se", helps you to lose, but particularly, to keep stable your weigth. Just few drops on a tasteless salad and you can have a great meal. Just think at how much mayonnaise you have to add to season your salad instead of olive oil. Hope one day to sell my product in US that I love so much!

While shopping at Centrale Market, Firenze, October of 2010, we purchased and shipped home a bottle of (U.S.) Tenuta San Guido at Centrale Market. We were so happy with it....wished we'd purchased more!

I have been very pleased with the olive oil from Figone's. They are located in the Sonoma Valley in Kenwood. Their website is: http://www.figoneoliveoil.com/. We stumbled on them a few summers ago. We are not wine drinkers, so we sought out olive oils in the Sonoma Valley. After several tastings we settled on a couple of oils from Figone's (also their Balsamic Vinegar is heavenly) as well as one from the Olive Press. We continue to be very pleased with Figone's oils.

We had my daughter's name pikced out two years before I was even pregnant! This time, we have no clue for either gender, but I like to have a name pikced out for each one before the ultrasound reveals which one it is, so we'll probably come up with something in the next few months.

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I noticed an oil sold in Whole Foods that was produced in Palestine. Two versions, mild and robust. It looks like it is produced by some sort of co-op, pricing is around $15 for a medium-sized bottle. I was wondering if anyone has tasted these oils as they are a good way to get needed $$$$ to the people of Palestine (bypassing the Israeli and Palestinian governments).

Thanks, and thanks for this wonderful resource on olive oil!

Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade retail stores in Canada carry Zatoun olive oil from Palestine. I trust that it is a quality EVO and $2 from every $20 purchase price is returned directly to the "Trees for Hope" program to plant new olive trees destroyed by the erection of the dividing wall. Perhaps other Palestine brands offer similar programs for direct support of Palestinian farmers?

@Robert Jones & D. Cunningham – your comments remind me how much bigger my book could, and should, have been. I barely touched on the olive oil and olive tree situation in the West Bank, and my treatment of the situation there was necessarily reductive.

Anyway, I've noted your recommendations and will check them out, and put them on my list if they fit. Also, I recently tried DASKARA, another wonderful Palestinian oil with a distinctive, almost tree-bark or resin-like aftertaste, which will soon be available in the US. More info on this when I have it....

I was very excited to find your list so that I no longer have to waste money trying expensive oils at the store.

There are a couple of highly touted and widely available oils that I don't see on your list:
Columela (Spain)
Olave (Chile)

Have you tried them? Do they pass?

Thanks Thad,
I'm glad my list is of some help. As I've said elsewhere, it's in constant evolution, because it relies on my own personal experience and that of my trusted advisors (in a business as opaque as olive oil, alas, seeing – and tasting – is believing!). So many great oils have been omitted, which as time goes on I'll incorporate.

So: I'll keep an eye out for Columela and Olave, which I don't know at present, but which are now on my To Try list.

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I'll second the Fairway brands. They buy in bulk all of the major cultivar oils and have tasting samples available. My only quibble is that the store brand bottles don't give enough information regarding harvest date and farm of origin. However, there is usually someone there who will answer your questions. They also sell many other brands with that information and I haven't had a clunker yet. Still, nothing is as good as fresh from the producer.

Mani Bläuel Greek Organic Products http://www.blauel.gr would LOVE to be included in this list.
How can we submit our oils?
Thanks,
Silvia

Silvia - We corresponded, you sent me your oil, I tasted it, sat back in my seat and sad, WOW. And I put it on the list. Marvellous stuff.

Hi Tom,

I recently heard your interview on NPR's Fresh Air and was quite enlightenened by your interview but not surprised. I had recently purchased 3 liters of what appears to be a good quality olive oil that was recommended to me by the owner of a Mediterranean restaurant. The Brand is Minos, product of Hania, Crete. On the container it says, Bottled on location where the olives are grown, mechanically cold extracted on the day harvested. There are labels on the container stated protected geographical indication. I hope I found a high quality oil. I am grateful that you are out there uncovering the truth.

Thanks
Tony

Thanks Anthony. Hard from this distance for me to give any opinion on your oil, but a couple things suggest to me that it's good. Namely:
- The claim that it's bottled where the olives are grown;
- the phrase "on the day harvested" (stressing speed, therefore freshness); and
- the PGI status, which is less restrictive than PDO, but still useful.

How did you like it? Did it have bitterness, pungency, and remind you of fruit -specifically the olive fruit?

Cheers,
Tom

Please don't forget Monte Castello Organic HS Extra Virgin oilve oil fro Lake Garda Italy

After I read your book, I checked the webpage for California Olive Oil Council and found that oils from California Olive Ranch have been certified by the Council to be Extra Virgin. I bought several from their website (an arbequina and an arbosana as well as one called "Fresh California Extra Virgin Oil"--the last one is available in many supermarkets near my home in San Diego, CA). The harvest dates for all three are listed on the back: November 2010. The bottles are made of dark glass and have narrow necks. They all taste good to me--fresh with different degrees of "pepperiness". Have you tried any of these? If so, what do you think? My family is Spanish and we use A LOT of olive oil. These oils are within our budget--$10.40 for a 500 ML bottle of the "Fresh California Extra Virgin" and $13.99 for 500 ML bottles of arbosana and arbequina.

I also purchased a bottle of the Castillo de Canena picual via the Internet and am anxious to taste it. At that price, however, it will be used strictly for my favorite breakfast: toasted bread with crushed tomato and olive oil (desayuno andaluz).

Thanks for your book. Over the years purchasing olive oil has been like buying a pig in a poke. Although I've always known that "you get what you pay for", sometimes, even when I bought the more expensive oils at Italian and Spanish food stores, they weren't good. I feel I have enough information now to be more successful in my choice.

Hi Judy - as you noted, I think the California Olive Ranch makes fine oils, and they make a lot of it, so it's widely available. You are so right about not being able to rely on price as a measure of quality. And about the joys of the desayuno andaluz. Though while I was living in Seville studying classical guitar, many years ago, I was amazed to see how many people ate BUTTER on their bread for breakfast!

Tom, after I posted my comments above, I saw that California Olive Ranch (Oroville) is on your list with the description "high quality". I'm glad as I really like their oils so far.

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Check out Fairway. In their Pelham NY store they have a selection of about 15-20 oils that you can taste. I've picked out a few wonderful ones that I love that bear no resemblance to the oils I used to get at the grocery store that I thought I was supposed to like that tasted like turpentine.

Tom, thanks for everything you're doing for olive oil. As the son of a father and grandfather who made those gallon tin cans for the old Italian American oil market (Pace O Mio Dio!), olio d'oliva runs through me. Question about retailers: unless there's a reason I'm missing, I can't see how you'd omit NYC's Fairway as a source. Their range is, like everyone's, variable, but values there are and they are generous with their tastings, not just of their house brands but also of fairly pricey oils form France and Italy. Thanks for your producers' list, about which I'd like to suggest a superb, prize-winning Calabrian (Olearia San Giorgio--2 versions using distinctive local cultivars) and the various Sicilian bottlings of Manfredi Barbera, all good values. The controlled Sitia oils from that excellent coop on Crete are also lovely, and bargains.

Hello Robert (and suz and Bob S.),

I have heard uniformly good things about Fairway Market and proprietor/muse Steve Jenkins. (Though journalists tell me that Steve isn't a fan of my book Extra Virginity, because he feels it gives Italian oils a bad name – Steve should read my book!) The only reason I haven't included it in my list so far is that I haven't been able to visit one of their locations and do due diligence. Tutto qui, as they say in Italian - "That's all there is to it." As soon as I can, I'm sure I'll be positively impressed. I do want to stress that my list is personal, the fruit of my own wanderings and those of a close circle of trusted experts - it will be in constant evolution, and will inevitably omit some great places (though I firmly believe that it doesn't include any crappy ones).
All best,
Tom

I partly listened to the NPR broadcast. I did not get the name of the brand sold in Costco that Tom recommended. Can someone repeat it for me here.

You've got to add Darien Cheese in the Goodwives Shopping Center (CT) to your list. They have a house brand of California oil that is truly great as well as several Italian oils. Not to mention a store full of great cheese. Ken and Torri know their stuff.

I've put it on my list, Tod - just have to wait until I, or one of my spies, visits Darien Cheese and verifies w/ our own tastebuds what you're saying (not that I doubt you!)

Palestinian olive oil from Canaan Fair Trade has been rated one of the best in the world. It has the added bonus of being produced and sold under the rigorous standards of the Fair Trade Association, which polices the sort of fraud the author writes about - plus pays farmers a fair wage for the harvest. I've been to the faculty in Jenin and the whole operation is glorious. Buy Canaan any time you get the chance. Many Americans are huge fans of this oil and the integrity of its production. Fabulous tasting...with peace of mind.

Hi Jane - I look forward to trying Canaan. See my note about Daskara in an earlier comment.

All your comments are so interesting. I was buying the extra virgin oils for years ,never realizing that many of them were fakes.
Now all the information you are giving is very good for the US and Canada .... we are living in Mexico , do you have any oinformation on the market there and/or the local producers ?
Thanks

Hello Inak, You ask an excellent question. My future goal is to offer suggestions for people trying to find olive oil around the globe (as well as excellent producers trying to sell their oil). Unfortunately, given that there's only one of me (though I have a number of expert advisors), for now I'm having to focus on oils sold in North America and/or produced in top production areas. But I'll address Mexico and the rest of Latin America as soon as I can.
All my best,
Tom

If only we had all had our cars tuned up and had our tires inflated, if only Of coruse, having Nancy Pelosi hold this country hostage and prevent a vote in congress in increasing supplies of coruse, that didn't help the speculators. No way, not one bit.I wonder if she's a speculator.

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