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As new owners, we are enjoying each day of this new endeavor.  If you haven't stopped by recently, please come in soon, we'd love to meet you!

STORE HOURS

Monday - Wednesday 10 - 6
Thursday 10 - 7
Friday 10 - 6
Saturday 10 - 5
Sunday 11 - 3

 

If you can't make it in as frequently as you'd like, stay up to speed with us, all of our new products, and upcoming events by liking and following us on either Facebook or Instagram or subscribe to our newsletter!

 

What's in the Store


OLIVE OILS

  • Award-Winning Producers
  • 100% Extra Virgin and Flavored Oils
  • Heart Healthy Cancer-Inhibiting Benefits

AGED BALSAMIC VINEGARS

  • Produced in Modena, Italy
  • Over 15 "On Tap" for Tasting
  • Unique and Diverse Intensity, Density and Flavors

SPECIALTY OILS AND VINEGARS

  • Walnut, Sesame, Avocado
  • Wine Vinegar


CHEESES

We added four new cheeses from Wisconsin to our collection! Try the Morel & Leek Monterey Jack, MontAmore, American Grana Parmesan and Itaico.  




PRESERVES, MUSTARDS, GLAZES AND MORE  

Discover our new preserves, mustards, glazes, BBQ sauces, marinades, hot sauces, dressings, salsas and new gadgets for your wine enjoyment!



BRATS

Fire up the grill! We now carry Butcher on the Block brats! Whether you like Cheesy Cheddar, Chicken

Spinach Mozzarella or Jalapeño Cheddar, you can't go wrong! Stop in and pick some up for your next barbecue!




WINES 

Two new additions to our wine selection, both from Argentina. Try the Pirates Rock Malbec and Three Boys Rock Malbec Reserve today! Or choose from our collection of other great wines! 


 

We appreciate the continued support as we continue to expand our selection of products and get to know all of the long time customers of The Olive Tap, and make new friends, as well.


Brett & Kristie Rainwater

Pesto...Presto!

The thought of Summer brings several things to mind…long sunny days, outdoor markets, produce, and pesto!! Pesto is the wonderful summer treat that changes how we decorate pastas, meats, vegetables and more!Pesto has its origins in Genoa and derives its name from the Genoese word pestâ, which means to pound or crush. Pesto is traditionally [...]

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Celebrate 10 Years of The Olive Tap with 10 Ways To Incorporate Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Into Your Daily Routine!

On July 1st, 2006, The Olive Tap in Long Grove opened its doors to introduce a new way of experiencing olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Our “taste before you buy” approach introduced customers to a variety of quality olive oils and balsamics, each to be sampled from their stainless steel fusti tanks. While some may [...]

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Gran Reserve Sherry Vinegar from Spain Now Available at The Olive Tap

Venture in to any festival in Southern Spain and the beverage found everywhere will be Sherry Wine: Sherry punches, cocktails, etc. This complex and aromatic wine is produced in the Jerez triangle in the Southeastern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, in the region of Cadiz, and is used to make the gastronomically rich Sherry Vinegar. [...]

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Spanish Gold 100% PDO Estepa Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Andalucia, the Southern region in Spain, is known for many cultural elements. Flamenco dancers and singers are at their best here. Bullfights and férias match the intensity of the sun and heat. Splendid cross-cultural architecture and gleaming white villages glisten across the landscape. The rolling hills are speckled with ancient olive trees, which can more [...]

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Gourmet and Healthy Summer Snacks

As the weather warms, our outdoor dining table turns lighter and brighter. This lighter fare is known as tapas, tarailletes, small plates, appetizers or simply snacks. Whether on the back deck or patio, at the local park or lake, perhaps even a baseball or soccer game, the food preferences become more playful and flavorful. We [...]

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Top Trends: Drinking Vinegar

We first shared with you recipes for drinking vinegar in our Timeless Virtues of Vinegar article in 2014 when we published this recipe for a Lambrusco Shrub. Drinking vinegar has been labelled as one of the top health trends of the year for 2016. Whether you are interested in the health benefits or are just curious and interested [...]

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The Olive Tap Koroneiki Olive Oil for Health and Flavor

The Olive Tap prides itself on offering a variety of 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oils from delicate to robust, to please a wide range of palettes. While the Olive Tap Tasting Panel approves only the highest quality of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) based on chemical and sensory analyses, we always consider flavor above all else. How [...]

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Enjoying The Mediterranean Diet In Your Own Kitchen

Surely you have heard of the Mediterranean Diet, which evokes images of white-washed Greek islands, turquoise seas, and 90+ year-old men and women breakfasting on olives and olive oil. The Mediterranean Diet is composed primarily of fruits, vegetables, pulses (dry peas, beans, lentils and chick peas), seafood, sheep and goat’s milk and, best of all, [...]

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Is Your Extra Virgin Olive Oil Really Extra Virgin?

The recent 60 Minutes exposé on Mafia involvement in Italian agriculture and especially fraudulent and adulterated olive oils has generated a lot of inquiries into the difference between the Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOO) offered by The Olive Tap stores and those suspect oils sold in grocery and other retail outlets. Firstly, we need [...]

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