As most Irish people are familiar with wine and its qualities, I thought a comparison between the two will help understanding better the properties of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
WINE AND EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL ARE FRUIT JUICES.
Both start as freshly pressed fruit juice. Wine comes from pressed grapes while Extra Virgin Olive Oil comes from freshly pressed olives. While grape juice undergoes fermentation to become Wine, Olive Juice is the Olive Oil and is ready to be consumed.
QUALITY AND TASTE
Wine and Extra Virgin Olive Oil’s quality and taste varies according to geographic factors, types of varietals/cultivars, timing of the harvest, and of course the good care of growers and producers.
Wine and Extra Virgin Olive Oil tastings are similar and they both use terminology to describe aroma (mild, fruity, mellow), taste (nutty, peppery, rich, buttery, assertive) and appearance (clear, cloudy).
Both wine and Extra Virgin Olive Oil should be stored away from heat and light. Exposure to air, heat and light for an extended period of time destroys the properties of both.
Unopened bottles of Wine last longer than Olive Oil, however once opened Wine can be kept for a few days while Extra Virgin Olive Oil can last for a couple of months (of course with the cap on and away from direct sunlight and heat)