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SHOP EAT – Olive Oil and Olives

You’re at the grocery store, staring blankly at the shelves of olive oil.  It’s almost like looking at shelves full of wine.  Intimidating.  Confusing.  You just want a decent bottle of extra virgin olive oil.  Do you choose by label, by country, by price?  To make matters even worse, it’s highly likely that bottle of oil you just picked up contains an inferior olive oil that wouldn’t pass a test for extra virgin olive oil.  And even though it is labeled “product of Italy” that oil probably came from Spain, Greece, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Morocco or Argentina. I went just took a tour of three California olive companies — one olive processor, two olive oil producers. Was organized by the fairly new UC Davis Olive Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science (hey I was at the ground breaking for that center years ago.) The…