Originally Posted by abefroman
What is the best EVOO commonly found in most grocery stores?
I bought the on sale stuff on and its terrible, no flavor at all and the color is a real pale yellow (the label says first cold press).
What is the best one major grocery stores carry?
What are you after? For a very general use olive oil I use Colavita, which is found at all the grocery stores in the area.
For better olive oil I can't urge you enough to go up to The City Olive, in Chicago. I used to spend all kinds of money searching for that next great tasting olive oil. But once I started ordering some fresh harvested Olive oil's directly from the producers it changed the way I looked at olive oil.
Because the way I looked at olive oil had changed I started looking for specialty shops that supplied a superior products. Most stores offered some higher priced olive oil and I remember the disappointment I would have when the higher priced bottles gave NO indication of the quality of the oil. In fact...many of the bottles were a flat out waste of money.
The only place that I've found that has satisfied my Olive Oil needs is The City Olive. The owner and staff are both quite knowledgeable on oil and vinegar...and they have lots of samples of both! Not only do they have lots of samples but they're willing to spend some time with you as well...while you sample the different oils. The price per bottle is a little higher than what you may normally pay...but I've found that it's money well spent. The price may be higher per bottle...but I'm nearly always assured that every bottle I buy is going to be worth the money.
There's too much difference between Arbequina and Picual olives to look at one characteristic of an olive oil as an indication for quality. You can have an beautiful arbequina that's got a deep complex color with a brash grassy taste that's in your face and has some bark in it's after bite...something that screams early harvest. But then you can have very polite French olive oil that hasn't got much to provide in it's color...but it's so smooth and satisfying it can't be overlooked.
In fact, I'm finding that there's just too much difference from olive to olive, region to region, harvest to harvest to give any one bottle of olive oil a nod as your favorite.
(there I go again )