After our night at Hofsas Hotel, Miss Julia Reed Nichols and I decided to explore Carmel-by-the-Sea’s storybook four-block downtown. Peppered with local Monterey wine tasting rooms and numerous art galleries, it’s the perfect place to intentionally get lost.
We were doing exactly that when we stumbled across Trio Carmel, which along with being a Monterey wine tasting room AND art gallery, also harbors a delightful amount of space dedicated to the sale of Ultra-Premium Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegars.
Trio encourages its patrons to sample freely; morsels of bread dot the end of each shelf. But you must save room to fully experience Trio, as there were at least fifty bottles to discover throughout the sleek modern space.
Some of my favorites included their Fused Blood Orange Olive Oil (made by pressing whole fruit and olives together), the Baklouti Green Chile Olive Oil (which is spicy and green at the same time), and their Garlic Olive Oil (which had a great soft roundness that comes from cloves of roasted garlic).
Prices were pretty reasonable, around $13 for a bottle or you can get a mini-6-pack for $30.
We opted for the later, splitting the deal for 3 olive oils each. The hardest part of the whole tasting was figuring out which unique olive oils made the final cut for future salad dressings!
As always, hope life is delicious!