We were traveling from Sacramento to Ashland and decided to have a break in Corning and try the olive oil tastings. There are two well-reviewed sites within a few minutes of I-5 so we visited both. The first (Olive Pit) turned out to be a store with everything olive plus soaps, jellies, aprons etc. There was a display of tasting olives and some oils at the counter with an employee to help if you were interested in going beyond the bread dipping into communal olive oil bowls. The store was very busy and the tasting assistant was overwhelmed. The second stop was Lucero Olive Oil which turned out to include both the oil processing plant as well as a tasting room. This is the place to go if you want to actually taste and learn about olive oils. We were the only people there so received a lot of attention from the two tasting assistants. We sipped oil from cups, learning how to do it correctly and what to look for (much like wine tasting). When we identified what we liked, we were offered additional versions with the same flavor profile. When we were finished in the tasting room, we stepped into the processing building to look at the pictures on the wall (it was off-season for processing) and by chance met the manager who kindly gave as a short lecture on the process and answered our questions. (They offer reserve tours on their website, but we had not signed up for one). Both sites are worth visiting as they are so close together and offer different experiences.
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