Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Treat it like wine

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It hit me in one of those ubiquitous olive oil shops. This oil reeks of tomato leaf. Just like one I tasted a minute ago. Turns out they were made from the same olive variety. As with grapes and wine, single ­varietal olive oils showcase the distinct aromas & flavors of the olive used, and well-made blends combine the unique elements of each olive to create harmony in the bottle. This is just one of the ways that extra virgin olive oil is like wine, and a small insight as to why good oil is no more a commodity product than our favorite beverage. There are, of course, mass­-produced, characterless examples of both, but as we already know about wine, the finest versions offer much more ­ nuance, complexity, even guile ­ to those paying attention.

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