Oliver’s Olive Oil and Balsamic Tasting Gallery
Oliver’s was founded and established in October, 2007. The original store was a small 350 sq. ft. space located on Forest Avenue in Laguna Beach, CA. It wasn’t long before Oliver’s outgrew this undersized space and also was faced with the sale of the building by the owner. The decision to move the business was imminent. Searching up and down the Orange County coast, San Clemente seemed like the perfect fit. The demographics were good and there existed a lack of retail specialty food facilities in the immediate area. The community has a nice small city feel, friendly, up-beat and progressive. A space on Del Mar in downtown San Clemente was selected and the buildout begun. Cleaning, a new floor, and fresh paint provided a new and refreshing home
Oliver’s offers a new and unique approach to enjoying the freshest Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and aged Balsamic Vinegar. Only Olive Oils from the most recent harvests are selected and offered. These EVOOs are sourced from around the world, including California and many Mediterranian countries. Fresh Olive Oil presents intense flavor profiles that many people have never expeienced. The flavor of an Extra Virgin Olive Oil will begin to fade and diminish after about 12-16 months. When purchasing EVOOs at a grocery store the actual harvest and pressing date is seldom provided. Hence, the product may have been on the shelf for a year or more and the flavor has neutralized or is nonexistent. So much of the “grocery” EVOOs are bland tasting due to the somewhat short shelf life. The delicious flavors of fresh pressed EVOO is easily and immediately evident. When talking Olive Oil…the fresher the better.
The Balsamic Vinegars are made by Modena’s finest family producers. The many flavored Balsamics are aged 12 years in wood. They offer a well rounded, full-bodied taste with hints of spice and wood. The Traditional Balsamic offered is aged 18 years. This is a superb and rich Balsamic, smooth and thick with concentrated flavors. These Balsamics are highly versatile and can be enjoyed alone, over fresh fruit, in a reduction sauce or as a perfect compliment to any of our EVOOs for tasty vinaigrette.
The EVOOs and Balsamics are stored and displayed in 15 liter stainless steel dispensers that are imported from Italy and called “fustis”. The products are all available on a taste-first, then bottle-to-order basis. The oils are first cold pressed from the most recent harvest assuring freshness. Also offered are a selection of high-quality seasonings, spreads, pastas, tea, condiments, skin care (made with essential oils) and accessories along with custom gift baskets.
Oliver’s provides a fun, flavorful and interactive atmosphere.