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can someone recommend a mailorder source of good tasting olive oil? I have tried semi expensive bottles of extra virgin olive oil from stores before, and have not been pleased - to me it has almost an industrial taste. this can't be the stuff Italians practically drink. has to be mailorder, I live in the midwest and there are no whole foods or trader joe's nearby.

asked by stilltrying over 6 years ago

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added over 6 years ago

Oh, this stuff is special. And really really good! http://www.food52.com/shops...

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added over 6 years ago

I have tried some from Chefshop.com and Zingerman's mail order. Worth a look.

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added over 6 years ago

Is there a Greek or Italian store near you? They often carry a selection of tasty oils and the proprietors can advise you.

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added over 6 years ago

The Nudo sounds amazing! I would love to try the mandarin. I also like a California oil - Robbins Family Farm Ascolano. It is a little lighter than the Italian oils and very delicious. http://robbinsfamilyfarm...

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added over 6 years ago

Columela has many fans: http://www.amazon.com/Columela....

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Sam1148

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added over 6 years ago

For everyday use. CostCo "Kirkland" brand is a best buy and well rated above some common supermarket brands.

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added over 6 years ago

This is is the brand that my family has been using for years and my absolute favorite. I get it locally, but have ordered it on Amazon.com before. http://www.amazon.com/Frantoia...

(Frantoia Barbera)

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added over 6 years ago

thanks for the suggestions. I really have to do mail order, I live in a rural area with no specialty shops or costco. what I am looking for is one that tastes good enough to drizzle on as a finish to dishes, or to use in salad dressings,etc. one that Frances Mayes would eat

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added over 6 years ago

When I lived in New York I looked forward to finishing my bottle of olive oil so I could go to DiPalo's and taste some new oils from different regions, each quite distinctive. Your question prompted me to see if they have an online store, and it turns out they do now. http://store.dipaloselects...
They give good descriptions of how the oil will taste. I would probably go with something like the Lochitello Biancolilla from Sicily because I like the grassy notes, but they have a variety if you prefer something fruity or peppery. I've never ordered from them online, and haven't lived in New York for five years, but I'll be ordering from them now, as I haven't found an Italian shop with as careful a selection of products.

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pierino

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added over 6 years ago

Someone has already mentioned Zingerman's and they are in the upper midwest. They stock great olive oils including California lables such as Pasolivo. California is now turning out some superior olive oils. In fact CA olive oils are about where CA wines were back in the seventies; that is ready to be taken seriously.

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aargersi

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added over 6 years ago

I order from these guys:

http://www.oliviersandco...

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added over 6 years ago

If you are looking for an Artisan oil, try McEvoy Ranch from California. Nan bought the seedlings from Tuscany and models her oil from that inspiration. They sell at the SF Farmer's Market and have an excellent reputation. http://mcevoyranch.com/

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pierino

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added over 6 years ago

McEvoy is definitely a fine olive oil. It's more consistant and easier to find than some of the smaller production lables.

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