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Dec 13, 2006 08:27 PM

Looking for SF source of large volume (5+ L) highest quality Spanish olive oil

I'm thinking of switching my once-yearly major olive oil purchase from the local source (Sciabica) to Spain, partly out of cost (Sciabica is $100 for a gallon of their best stuff), and partly because I really like Spanish olive oil. Does anyone know of any local source/importer, in addition to The Spanish Table, that sells the best Spain has to offer, in a large format size that might save some $? Ideally, I would like to be able to taste if before dropping some serious cash. Thanks for your help.

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  1. Not sure if they stock Spanish oil but Rainbow Grocery has a great selection of OO in bulk.

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    1. re: Grubbjunkie

      Yes and you can taste it before filling up. They sell bottles there too.

    2. maybe I misunderstand your question, but how do you keep that much olive oil fresh for an entire year?

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      1. re: jbgd

        I was thinking the same thing. Seems contradictory.

        1. re: jbgd

          I actually normally give away 3+ liters as Christmas presents (I buy empty glass bottles as well). Properly stored, the remaining olive oil is fine for about 6 months, it seems. I actually buy about twice a year, not once as I erroneously stated.

          Do you have any great sources? In particular, I'd love to find some olive oil from southern Spain, from the Picual olive.

          1. re: Jess Leber

            Lucca Ravioli on Valencia has a pretty big selection of large cans of olive oil at good prices.

          1. I don't know if this is the quality/price you're looking for (or even if they have Picual in stock), but the (relatively) new Farmer Joe's Market has a bulk olive oil section with Delizia brand (local importer) oils. Here's a photo of some of their oil "pumps":

            That photo above is from a KQED Food Blog article on the new Farmer Joe's grand opening last June:

            A quick search of Delizia's web site shows that they do import "Picual, Early Harvest - Extra Virgin Olive Oil" but I don't know if Farmer Joe's has it. Here's Delizia's product info page if you're interested:

            1. This may not be what you're looking for and it's not Spanish, but have you tried California Olive Ranch's Arbequina oil? I've been buying it for two or three years after reading about it in the Chronicle food section, and it is a really delicious olive oil. I gather it's a big commercial operation, but I love it.

              They sell it in bulk at The Pasta Shop in Berkeley (4th Street) and Oakland (Rockridge).