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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

This 2016 Article refers to the limited supply of California Koroneiki we received at that time.Our current Koroneiki is a long time customer favorite from a small family farm on the Greek Island of Crete - click hereThe Olive Tap prides itself on offering a variety of 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oils from delicate to robust, to [...]

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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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Arbequina: A Little Olive That Could

Indeed Arbequina is the olive variety that seems to have taken over the world! Here at The Olive Tap, we feature Arbequina 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil from various origins throughout the year. So why is Arbequina so popular and just where did it come from? To answer that we travel back to 17th Jerusalem... Where [...]

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Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, an Ancient Delicacy

While the popularity of balsamic vinegar has boomed in the USA over the past two decades, few understand the timeless tradition, including the ingredients and the process, of authentic Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. Chef Mario Olivi, owner of The Olive Tap Downer’s Grove, outlines just what Balsamic Vinegar is indeed! -JenniferBalsamic Vinegar of Modena is [...]

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