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stymie Feb 25, 2011 10:36 AM

I would like to find a local source for very good olive oil. Any places in the MSP metro area that offers tasting opportunities? Grazie

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    semanticantics Feb 25, 2011 11:37 AM

    Vinaigrette?

    http://www.vinaigrettemn.com/

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      cookkevin Feb 25, 2011 11:44 AM

      The Oilerie in m/g

      http://www.oilerie.com/index.php

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      KTFoley Feb 25, 2011 11:54 AM

      Googling "olive oil store MN" brought back four possibilities right off the bat.

      http://www.vinaigrettemn.com/
      http://www.annonagourmet.com/
      http://www.oilerie.com/
      http://www.theolivegroveoliveoil.com/...

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        forgottendreamr Feb 25, 2011 12:13 PM

        I love Annona Gourmet...the woman who runs it is very knowledable and patient. We've tried Vinaigrette, but felt we didn't get the same level of knowledge/service.

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          KTFoley Feb 25, 2011 01:39 PM

          Yes, I'm a fan of Annona as well!

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            faith Feb 25, 2011 08:09 PM

            Surdyk's cheese shop often has olive oil samples out. Also Ecopolitan restaurant at 24th and Lyndale sells Bariani olive oil which is quite good. They use it in the restaurant so they might let you have a taste.

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            Ecopolitan
            2409 Lyndale Ave S Ste 4, Minneapolis, MN 55405

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              kevin47 Feb 26, 2011 11:06 AM

              I like Annona and The Oilerie.

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            rp1760 Mar 3, 2011 12:55 PM

            I like the olive Grove Olive Oil - close to me in Mendota Heights. Covers multiple regions, several infused flavors, and they have balsamic vinegar as well.

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            Seige Feb 26, 2011 07:43 AM

            I don't know if it's any good, but there's also the Stillwater Olive Oil Company. http://www.stillwateroliveoil.com/

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              jillbcooks Feb 26, 2011 04:32 PM

              Stillwater Olive Oil is a fun place to browse and if I recall, all the varieties have tasters. I love the butter flavored olive oil.

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                imahungrygirl Mar 2, 2011 03:37 AM

                I like Stillwater Olive Oil Company: I've been to a couple of the other shops and Stillwater has the most variety...definitely worth the drive! Staff is very helpful as well.

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                stymie Mar 5, 2011 12:37 PM

                Thanks for the help. Made it to Annona Gourmet and got my first olive oil lesson. Jeanie, proprietor, was in the store and generously shared her knowledge of the products she carries. Taste samples of several of the oils and vinegars were quite an eye opener for me. If you cook, even if it's just dressing a salad, you owe it to yourself to get over to Annona Gourmet or one of the other Olive Oil vendors in the area. My larder will hold some of these wonderful products from this day forward.

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