Business Spotlight: We Olive La Jolla recommends Olio Nuovo and other gift ideas for the holidays


We Olive and Wine Bar is celebrating the holiday season with freshly pressed Olio Nuovo. “It’s an exciting time in California because the fall olive harvest is in and we’re now featuring freshly pressed Olio Nuovo (new oil) at We Olive,” said general manager Michael DiCarlo. “Nuovo poses the best flavor and best health benefit properties.”

While shopping at the store on Prospect Street, there are many unfiltered nuovos available to sample and each tastes different than the others. “We’re showcasing this artisan nuovo oil that’s available only once a year because it’s the best we get every year; it has a two-month window and when it’s gone, it’s gone,” DiCarlo said. “However, all of our olive oils are certified by the state of California and we’re very strict about what we put on our shelves.”

Extra-virgin olive oils are known for their many health benefits, he said. They can help reduce heart disease, help protect against high cholesterol and benefit cognitive function. Olive oils are rich in vitamins E, A and K, as well as iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Olive oil is also good for eyes, skin, bones and hair, and boosts the immune system. It is used to soothe skin, strengthen nails, aid digestion and can help ease the effects of drinking alcohol.

We Olive offers more than 30 different olive oils and vinegars, and provides daily complimentary tastings of all California extra-virgin olive oils, vinegars and gourmet foods. We Olive’s bar often features “bites” of cheeses, fresh salad, pannini, flatbreads, etc. The We Olive staff is happy to help customers select wines to pair with food.

DiCarlo pointed out that We Olive’s holiday gifts make unique presents for every shopper’s list. “Customers can either work individually with a staff member and try every item before buying it for a customized bag or a gift box, or choose one of our a pre-packaged gift sets. We realize that the holidays can be stressful and we’re here to make them less so,” he said.

We Olive is also a perfect venue for small holiday gatherings with 11 indoor tables and seating for 15 guests on the ocean view patio.

••• The retail store at We Olive, 1158 Prospect St., La Jolla is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The wine bar opens at noon daily. (858) 551-8250.

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