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How to Host an Olive Oil Tasting Party

We don’t need an excuse to throw a party, but if you do, all the new 2015 olive oils being released seems worthy of celebrating, don’t you think? Skip the cocktail party or wine tasting and use our step-by-step guide to throwing a unique and memorable get-together.

Select your olive oils. It’s important to choose different styles of EVOO to showcase the possibilities. We think four is a good number and we recommend selecting a delicate and mild oil, a few medium-bodied, fruity oils and a robust and pungent olive oil. Any of our expert staff at your local We Olive can help you with your selections.

Choose the foods you will serve with your EVOO. After your guests have tasted the olive oils (using the 4 S’s of course!), they’ll want to try the oils on different foods. We like setting up a DIY crostini bar with soft cheeses, like ricotta and goat cheese, prepared tapenades and spreads, roasted veggies and fresh or dried fruits. Don’t forget some the Aged Balsamic Vinegar! Add a cheese and charcuterie board and a simple salad and you’re good to go!

Make sure your setup is user-friendly. Provide small disposable tasting cups and plates for tasting olive oil. Olive oil drips are a job hazard for us, but your party guests may not have the same affinity for oil stains as we do.

Consider a wine pairing. If you’ll be serving wine, think about choosing wines that complement the flavors of the olive oil. Use this handy-dandy guide to make your choices.

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