Did you say a Tasting Room for Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar? Something which I could only visualize in Italy, was right here in Winter Park? On our recent visit to Winter Park, we stumbled across The Spice & Tea Exchange where one of the owner’s Jeff gently pointed us in the direction of their Tasting Bar called The Ancient Olive.
A Tasting Room for infused olive oils and balsamic vinegar; the second epicure specialty store by the owners Bryan Behling & Jeffrey Schrader. Did I mention I love Balsamic Vinegars?
Sitting right across on Park Street, behind Cirque, The Ancient Olive is literally a hidden gem. A retail store carrying huge vats of delectable variety of infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Oh my, I think I am in heaven.
Tiny paper cups are readily provided to sample the products, exactly like a shot to explore and choose what suits your taste buds best. The oils and vinegars range from the traditional to more exotic blends such as coconut white balsamic, pomegranate balsamic, herbs de Provence EVOO and more. The employees provide you the space to sample any or all of the products and are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge, in case you have some specific requirements.
After a few (wink, wink) samplings, I bought traditional balsamic vinegar, blood orange infused olive oil, and Sicilian lemon white balsamic vinegar. I can’t wait to showcase these at my next wine and cheese party.
Infused beautifully clean, fresh olive oils and delicious balsamic vinegars might be the secret weapon you will pull out of your sleeves, to wow your guests at your next social gathering.
It is a relaxed and fun atmosphere that allows you to play with your sensory buds. Whether you are an avid lover or a newbie to the complex realm of infused oils and vinegars; the Ancient Olive is guaranteed to tantalize your palate, leaving much to be desired in planning your next trip.
The Ancient Olive is located at 324 Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789.