Olive Oil Primer: “Earthy,” “Greasy” & Other Taste Defects

The term “earthy” can be a good thing when tasting a wine. Do a Google search on the words “earthy” and “wine” and Pinot Noir, Bordeaux and Riesling come up. Wines made from the Sangiovese and Petite Sirah grapes pop up, too. But in the olive oil world, an earthy tasting olive oil is not … Read more

Olive Oil Primer: A Glossary of EVOO Tasting Terms

Wine connoisseurs have their own vocabulary to describe a wine. They might use the words chewy, jammy, or (hopefully not) flabby and corked. In the extra virgin olive oil business we have our own sometimes colorful vocabulary to describe an EVOO’s taste: fruity, pungent, fusty, and musty. Here’s a glossary of EVOO tasting terms, grouped … Read more


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