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Frescolio Store

Welcome to Frescolio

Welcome to Frescolio ─ Winnipeg’s exciting new specialty store that features a wide selection of gourmet-quality extra-virgin olive oils and vinegars in a tasting-bar setting. At Frescolio, you will be encouraged to sample as many oils and vinegars as you wish prior to making a decision on what appeals to you most.

 


 

Why?

We first became interested in the concept when we saw a similar store in Chicago in 2009. We were intrigued and impressed by the tasting bar. We had never before seen a tasting bar implemented specifically for oils and vinegars. More recently, we visited another store in Ottawa. By then we were hooked by both the tasting-bar approach and the quality of the products available. We were certain that Winnipeg’s ‘foodies’ would enjoy this approach and the superb oils and vinegars as much as we did. We invite you to visit us to find out.

 

How does the tasting bar work?

How does the tasting bar work? In the store there are more than 40 stainless steel containers, each containing an extra-virgin olive oil or a vinegar. A description of the contents is posted nearby each container. Small cups are available for you to sample the oils and vinegars. If you’ve always thought that one olive oil tasted pretty much like the next, as we did at one time, you are in for an extraordinary and delightful surprise. The differences are remarkable.

 

What is “Extra Virgin” Olive Oil?

olive-oils

For an oil to be legitimately called “extra virgin”, it must meet several stringent international criteria such as means of production, chemical makeup and purity, and taste. Every oil at Frescolio exceeds those criteria. We bring in oils and vinegars from around the world, including Greece, Spain, Australia, Morocco, Chile, and California.

Learn More: EVOO Olive Oil

In addition to great flavours, extra-virgin olive oils are known for their health benefits; for example, they contain no cholesterol, they act as antioxidants, and they are high in mono-unsaturated fats.

What is True Balsamic Vinegar?

Balsamic Vinegar

True balsamic vinegars originate in either Modena or Reggio Emilio, Italy. They are aged for up to 18 years before being shipped to be sold. The aging process of the highest-quality balsamic vinegar is done in specific, traditional steps resulting in a superb-tasting product that may be used on its own or paired with an olive oil.

Learn More: Balsamic Vinegar

 

To learn more about the quality of our oils and vinegars, how they are produced, the wide diversity of tastes, and the health benefits, please see Learn More.

 


 

Where is Frescolio?

For those of you not familiar with Winnipeg, we are located in the “Corydon Avenue” area, prized for its unique, eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and patios. corydonbiz.com. See our contact us page for a map to our location.

 

Thank you for your interest in Frescolio. We look forward to greeting you in the store.

 

─ Michael and Lise