5 of the Best Napa Olive Oil Tasting Tours Posted On: August 30, 2017 By: admin There are so many wonderful Napa Valley attractions right here in St. Helena, just minutes from Wine Country Inn. Many of them offer truly unique experiences, like Napa olive oil tastings and tours. A Napa Valley olive oil tasting can be a deviation from your traditional wine tastings. Try something new during your stay at Wine Country Inn! Featuring a variety of curated blends to pair with bread and other dipping ingredients, an olive oil tasting in St. Helena will entice your taste buds and provide one-of-a-kind memories for years to come. Napa Olive Oil Tasting Tours Several tasting rooms are in the Oxbow Market in Napa. This makes it easy for you to try several different olive oil producers within a few steps of each other. The Olive Press has a tasting room at Oxbow Market where you can sample award-winning extra virgin olive oils, citrus crushed olive oils, dipping and infused olive oils, oil and balsamic combos, and more. Love what you taste? Take some home by the bottle or in bulk! Napa Valley Olive Oil has been producing high-quality olive oils for more than 80 years and has two tasting rooms, one in Napa and one in Saint Helena. Round Pond Estate features an olive mill that is available for touring and tasting on Rutherford Road, just 13 minutes from Wine Country Inn. You will learn about olive cultivation, harvest, and artisan methods of olive oil production before a guided tour of the estate’s fresh oils and red wine vinegar blends. What’s the Difference Between Virgin Olive Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil? First of all, olives are a fruit, which you may not have known! According to TheKitchn.com, olive oil is graded according to its level of acidity or free oleic acid. The amount of free oleic acid in olive oil tells you the extent to which fat has broken down into fatty acids. EVOO has a low level of oleic acid and is considered an unrefined oil since it’s not treated with chemicals, heated or cooled. EVOO is more expensive than Virgin Olive Oil. It burns faster and at a lower temperature. EVOO is best used in salads and for dipping (our favorite!). No matter which olive oil you decide is your favorite, experiencing the tasting rooms and learning about the art of making olive oil will certainly be memorable … and delicious! Experience Napa Valley Olive Oil – Stay at Wine country Inn Napa Valley is filled with rolling hills and beautiful vineyards as well as some of the top restaurants and wineries in the world. Among the gorgeous scenery and premier culinary culture, you will also discover some truly unique establishments. Discover the best of Napa Valley when you stay at Wine Country Inn. See you soon in Napa Valley for an unforgettable getaway!