Mark Aselstine
 
June 13, 2013 | Mark Aselstine

Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar from Olive Crush in San Carlos, CA

gourmet gift basket by Uncorked Ventures

Some information from our gourmet gift basket:

We selected olive oil from Olive Crush in San Carlos after seeing this small, local shop listed among only 30 stores in the entire country selling true, high quality olive oil according to the recently published book Extra Virginity.  Depending on the time of year you receive your gift basket, you’ll receive olive oil from either the northern hemisphere (normally California, Italian or Spanish) or the southern hemisphere (Chilean, Australian or South African mostly) because at it’s core, olive oil is a fruit juice and needs to be as fresh as possible. The balsamic vinegar which is included is strictly sourced from one high quality Italian importer.  There is a simple reason for that, most high end balsamic made elsewhere is aged for 6 years.  The Olive Crush’s Italian importer ages theirs for 18 years, making it the same high quality that you’d see at a steakhouse or similar $50+ per plate restaurant.  We love this stuff and everyone who tries it, finds it hard to go back to store bought balsamic.

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