Welcome to Frescolio ─ Winnipeg’s exciting 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.
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 60 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?
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
What is True 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
Where is Frescolio?
For those of you not familiar with Winnipeg, our first store is in the “Corydon Avenue” area, prized for its unique, eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and patios. corydonbiz.com.
Our second location is in the St. Vital area of Winnipeg, on St. Mary’s Rd. We’re happy to be part of a collection of local, family-owned businesses at Carmyn Place and look forward to getting to know the residents of this vibrant neighbourhood.
Please see our contact us page for a map to both our locations.
Thank you for your interest in Frescolio. We look forward to greeting you in the store.
─ Michael and Lise