In the Hudson Valley, olive oil is the real deal. Don’t believe us? Just head to any of the shops dedicated to the stuff. These storefronts know that EVOO makes everything better, whether it’s swirled into a DIY salad dressing or drizzled atop a piping hot pizza pie. So, the next time you run out of your go-to bottle, or if you simply need a gift for your foodie friends, head to these olive oil stores to shop to your heart’s content…and maybe even do a bit of sampling while you’re there.
Cold Spring and Pawling
Sourcing olives from both the northern and southern hemispheres, this family-owned tasting room peddles the Mediterranean necessity in countless types. Its olive varieties rotate throughout the year to ensure freshness, and the special flavors are naturally infused into the oil from whole fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Plus, all the oils, plain and flavored, are certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. Try the unique harissa, bacon, or sweet butter oils, or go for classics like lemon or garlic infused oils in one of three sizes.
For six years now, this EVOO and balsamic vinegar tap room has been bringing high-quality versions of the cooking essentials to the Warwick Valley. Aside from the standard oils, this shop carries a range of ultra premium-grade EVOO (the highest standard in the world), flavored olive oils like blood orange or herbes de provence, and unusual specialty oils made from sesame, sunflower seeds, butternut squash seeds, white or black truffles, and more. While you’re there, pick up a bottle of Vermont organic Runamok maple syrup or naturally flavored fruit- or veggie-infused balsamic.
Beacon and New Paltz
At both of this store’s locations, multiple metal canisters containing oils and vinegars ready for sampling and bottling are on tap. The EVOO game includes a mixture of single varietal oils with olives from Spain, Greek, or Chile; Tuscan or Colline blend oils; and flavor-infused oils that span chipotle or basil to porcini mushroom or pesto. While foremost a purveyor of olive oils and vinegars, the shop also carries a variety of other gourmet goods that include Harney & Sons teas, cheese made in nearby Gardiner by Casa del Caciocavallo, and infused salts and spices.
From the name, it’s not hard to guess that olive oil is a key component of this operation. However, that’s not the only taste of Italy the shop brings to the area. A nice wedge of parmigiano reggiano or Genoa salami sourced from Italy will be the perfect pairing for the cilantro and red onion or Sicilian blend EVOO that you picked out. And, if you’re looking to find the perfect balsamic to fill out your oil and vinegar caddy, check the website for suggested flavor pairings like chili olive oil with chocolate balsamic, or fig balsamic with lemon olive oil.
Albany and Rhinebeck
Carrying only ultra premium-certified EVOOs and balsamics that are straight from Modena, Italy, this shop takes its gourmet condiments quite seriously. Between the two foods, there are over 50 flavors and varieties to choose from, running the gamut from simple, like oregano-infused olive oil or raspberry balsamic, to complex (the ginger and black garlic oil and cinnamon pear dark balsamic come to mind). Out-of-the-box wine or serrano honey vinegars can also be purchased here, either by themselves or as part of a custom gift set for a loved one—or yourself.
Under new ownership for nearly a year and a half, the current team behind the family-run Katonah storefront is still bringing over 30 types of quality oils and vinegars to the region. Maple or pumpkin spice balsamics and Milanese gremolata or Madagascar black pepper olive oils are among the stand-outs. Perfect for the holidays, Phat Olive offers sampler packs of six oils and vinegars following themes of traditional, Italian lover, or fan favorites. And, what better to go with the dressings than crackers from the specialty food section, or reusable self-closing spouts to fix atop your favorite bottle?
In addition to the nutrients found in average EVOO, this company’s oil boasts a 100-percent organic label and a high phenolic antioxidant content, and it is both raw and unfiltered. As a bonus, the company maintains a commitment to regenerative farming. Although the store does not carry any flavor varieties, the single olive oil produced is claimed to be beneficial to the consumer’s health by fighting inflammation, as well as aiding in digestion because of a low acidity.
Not only an oil and vinegar tap room, this Westchester locale also serves as a full-service coffee bar at which the barista crafts beverages from The Twisted Branch’s own small-batch roasted coffee. When you’re waiting for your order, peruse the shelves to find fennel white balsamic, garlic and mushroom olive oil, and more of the over 30 flavor varieties in four different sized bottles. But the choices don’t stop there; also check out the spice blends, exotic salts, and hot chocolate mix, to name a few noteworthy products.