Story and Photography by VERONICA AN
Published: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | 2:45 PM
Olive oil and wine have more in common than you might expect – in addition to being staples of the Mediterranean diet – wine and olive oil share many health benefits and make a perfect pair.
Experience these satisfying flavor combinations at the newly opened We Olive Wine Bar. This addition to the We Olive retail store offers a relaxed yet sophisticated spot to learn about olive oil, wines and flavor combinations. Ervin Galvan, the owner of We Olive, explains how these why olive oil and wine should be a part of your diet.
“We opened the wine bar to highlight the similarities between olive oil and wine – it allows us to show people what out olive oil and balsamic [vinegars] can do,” he said.
Every item on the menu features We Olive products from Meyer Lemon Organic Olive Oil to Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar and Black Olive Tapenade. Glavan recommends the Fromage Flatbread which comes topped with a blend of artisan cheeses, fresh basil and a drizzle of garlic olive oil. All the flatbreads are also available on gluten-free crusts.
The wine menu focuses on small batch California varietals – basically, wine that you wouldn’t be able to find in a grocery store. Although We Olive does not sell bottles, they offer wine by the glass every night of the week. The also offer beer and mixed drinks that include balsamic vinegars and olive oils like the Balsamic Lemonade and the Balsamic-Marinated Berry Spritzer.
“All the wines compliment our oils,” he said. “You can tell what kind of oil people will like based on the wine they drink.”
For example, if you like big reds, Galvan would recommend like grassier oils. He adds that the fruit notes in the olive oil help balance the acid in the wine while flavors can compliment each other and add to the overall dining experience. We Olive’s oils are all sealed with California Olive Oil Council seal which means free acidity is under .5% and the oil was pressed within 24 hours. They have complex flavors and notes of fruit, grass, and a hint of bitterness.
In addition to olive oils, We Olive offers a selection of balsamic vinegars. Many of which are single estate and bursting with distinct flavors like peach and blood orange. Look for olive oil-based skin care products and a small selection of kicthenware. Galvan also plans to add more small bites like almonds baked goods.
“My goal here is to have the majority of the retail store come from L.A – there’s just so much here,” he said.
Look forward to an expanding selection of local beers, educational wine and olive oil classes as well as yoga and mimosas on the patio. Sip, sample and toast to good health. After all, olive oil has many well-known health benefits including, lowering bad cholesterol and decreasing the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
We Olive is located at 32 E. Colorado Boulevard. Call (626) 744-2766 or visit www.weolive.com for more details.