My husband and I (Don & Shauna Wells) fell in love with the concept of tasting and pairing olive oils and balsamic vinegars before having to actually buy the product. Where can you do that? HERE at our new gourmet store (behind Ethan Allen and across the street from Strange’s Florist). Just West of Rt. 288.
We have been married since 1984, with three grown young men (twins Cody & Dylan just turned 21 yrs. old and Austin 25 yrs. old).
After visiting a similar store in North Carolina, I asked my husband if he thought I could quit my career as a paralegal and develop this new business venture. He is a wonderful guy. So, using my legal skills, I fully researched our vendor, Veronica Foods. Over other suppliers and franchises, she stood out as the most passionate, down to earth, but blunt & honest person that I had met.
After, three months of research and visiting other stores, I quit my position and on April 14th, we opened up “The Olive Oil Taproom”. August 17th, we opened our second store location at The Shoppes at Bellgrade in Midlothian, VA. WOW!!!!! You guys have just been soo awesome and supportive.
“There is no substitute for individual experience”. Try as many Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils, infused flavors of oils & aged balsamic vinegars as you can (we have 50+); they represent extraordinary examples of unique quality and value impossible to duplicate in traditional supermarket brands.
Our ultra premium olive oils are single variety and purchased directly from the olive mill estates and their farmers. Our vendor is trying to keep these small mills sustainable because big brokers are putting some of them out of the work they have been doing for centuries.
The olives are harvested at their peak for providing the highest antioxidant level. They are not blends adulterated with lower quality oils or other additives.
We educate and share information about an extra virgin olive oil’s health benefits (polyphenols which are antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, antiseptic and antibiotic properties).
In addition, Balsamic vinegars control blood sugar and help reduce high blood pressure. Mostly, they help women and children absorb calcium, which is important as we grow and age. There are no added sugars or caramel coloring. They are all from Modena, Italy and PGI protected.
Stop by to visit us, bring your friends, family, & co-workers, and have a day of fun tasting our 50+ flavors. We educate you about how a “true” extra virgin olive oil is supposed to smell and taste, How it should be labeled (i.e. date of crush not just use by date).
We have many oils from different countries (e.g. Spain, Italy, Chile, Australia, Greece, Peru, Tunisia Africa & California) all set up by intensity. We start out mild to med. to med-robust to ROBUST!!! What makes an olive oil mild to robust? The freshness, the polyphenol contents, the fruity or spiciness of the olive oil and the white pepper sensation you should get at your palate, which is indicative that the polyphenol is still present in the oil.
Our Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils change by the seasonal crush two times per year, April and November. So, you will always get the freshest we can possibly provide.
Out of over 700 entries, ten (10) of our oils placed Gold and/or Best of Class at the New York International Olive Oil Competition in May, 2013. AWESOME!!!!
We do look forward to you visiting us and becoming a wonderful repeat customer. With us you get ultra premium quality, top notch service and on top of all that, you will also get a warm smile and hug!!