The two women swished, sniffed, slurped, oohed and ahhed in the tasting room during a recent vacation in the Temecula Valley.
It was Josie Orito’s first time in wine country, but she and her sister, Lorinda Cortese, 69, of Upland, weren’t indulging in the crushed grape.
“We love everything,” gushed Orito, 72, as she charged $47.98 worth of products to carry home to Fresno.
They had bellied up to the back room bar of the Temecula Olive Oil Company, where they sampled a smorgasbord of oils infused with blood oranges, lemons, garlic and basil, several drops of each.
“On weekends we get hundreds and hundreds of visitors,” said Donna Jackson, who explains the oils and balsamics that she decants into one-ounce paper souffle cups.
The country, and especially the state, is awash in what some consider the new liquid gold, whose popularity has exploded, thanks to the Food Network, the Internet and the ballyhooed Mediterranean diet that promotes a high consumption of olive oil.
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