There are a few kitchen staples I would be lost without, and good olive oil is one of them. California may be acclaimed for its wine production, but just as much so for its extra virgin olive oil. The array of oils & flavors are as diverse as the many wine varietals you’ll find here. So tasting olive oil just seems natural, and that is exactly what you can do at We Olive in La Jolla.
We Olive is a retailer of artisan CA olive oils, balsamics, tapenades and specialty ingredients. They focus on high quality extra virgin olive oils & fine balsamic vinegars. 10 stores throughout northern CA, and all welcome you to try their line-up with a little bread…and trust me, it will be hard leaving empty-handed. Their knowledgeable staff offer some great pairing suggestions, many of which I had never thought of. I have bought several and use them often. Just ask for Justin, he’ll make sure you find exactly what works. I have found many including the meyer lemon, garlic, & their basil infused EVOOs. Their Blackberry Balsamic is a must sample too. All phenomenal for marinades, reductions, sauteing & just for dipping!
If that isn’t good enough, the fine We Olive folks decided a wine bar would compliment their La Jolla store well- and it certainly does. The back portion of the store doubles as a quaint wine bar with stellar ocean views of the cove. You can elect to taste a couple of ounces, go for a glass, or the bottle. You will have no trouble making a selection, because these guys really know their wines & are more than happy to help you choose!
Not only is there wine, but you can sample a nicely paired cheese plate, or small appetizer. Emily manages the kitchen and special events. She aims to find new dishes to pair with their wines, while also incorporating their awesome oils. I had the pleasure of sampling a white bean puree topped with their basil oil. They accompanied this with roasted tomato confit in Tuscan EVOO, on arugula tossed in their Arbequina oil, all served with toast points crisped with the garlic- infused oil. It was simple, but the perfect compliment to the Chardonnay I sampled.
They even have a Happy Hour Monday – Friday from 4-6 pm. You can find these deals weekly:
I have become a loyal fan. These oils are perfect if you like to cook, or a good gift for someone who does. I have made some great dishes with their ingredients. My favorite is a basil & blackberry marinated pork loin roast. A great fall dish. I use We Olive’s Basil EVOO and their Blackberry Balsamic in the marinade for this.
Hands down, a great spot that embraces the best CA has to offer. So, go see We Olive on Prospect St., lajolla.weolive.com. You will have a great visit, and I know I will be looking forward to my next..