Did you know that both extra virgin olive oil and wine are technically fruit juices? The first steps involve harvesting the fruit and crushing it to extract the juice. The similarities don’t end there, so we thought a comparison chart might shed some light on the ways in which wine and extra virgin olive oil are similar and different.
|Characteristics||Extra Virgin Olive Oil||Wine|
|A fruit juice||yes||yes|
|Store away from heat and light||yes||yes|
|Aged in the “production”process||no||yes|
|Age at home||no||yes|
|Consume immediately once opened||yes (1-3 mo/s.)||yes (1 wk.)|
|High quality product grown in California||yes||yes|
|Varietal of fruit influences the flavor and properties||yes||yes|
|Harvested by picking and crushing the fruit||yes||yes|
As you can tell wine and extra virgin olive oil share many similarities. However, the main difference other than flavor is you don’t want to age olive oil. You should look for the freshest olive oil available when at your local store. For this reason, we include the harvest date on every one of our bottles of extra virgin olive oil so you know you’re getting the freshest available.