Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Are Winners
in Two Taste Tests
- Selected by AOL Kitchen Daily and Cooking Light -
BALTIMORE, MD, NOVEMBER, 2011 – There should be plenty of celebrating at Pompeian
as America's first national brand of imported olive oil, based in Baltimore, recently
picked up two separate tasting awards. Pompeian was selected as the "Best Extra
Virgin Olive Oil" by AOL Kitchen Daily, and its Balsamic Vinegar was named a Taste
Test Award Winner as part of Cooking Light's second annual Taste Test Awards – "The
The Kitchen Daily selection of Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil came in a blind taste
test of "the 10 best-selling brands of extra virgin in the United States." In judging
the Pompeian product, tasters noted a variety of attributes. Here are a few of the
comments: "Very, very olive-y." "Unusually pleasant." "Distinctively olive." "Nice
The Tastie Award was given to Pompeian Balsamic Vinegar in Cooking Light's second
annual selection of the best-tasting and healthiest grocery store products and stand-out
artisanal treats from across the country. The award winners appeared in the October
issue of the prestigious cooking magazine.
In selecting Pompeian Balsamic Vinegar among the winners, Cooking Light remarked
that it was "made for marinades" and marveled that "this tangy vinegar has a slightly
citrusy aftertaste." When you try it, you will discover that Pompeian Balsamic Vinegar
has a luscious, distinctive flavor and aroma. This richness comes from aging of
select grapes in wooden casks. Its full flavor character complements meats, seafood,
sauces and salads as well as in marinades.
In choosing Pompeian Balsamic Vinegar, Cooking Light editors scoured grocery shelves
to come up with a list of 45 winning products in 18 categories. Products had to
be available in major markets nationwide. Products containing trans-fats, too much
salt, too much saturated fat or artificial sugars were eliminated. Then a team of
Cooking Light editors and registered dietitians did a "blind" taste-test of almost
200 finalists to come up with this year's list. In each category, one Grand Prize
Winner is selected as well as one or more Taste Test Award Winners.
Founded in 1906 in Baltimore, Pompeian, Inc. is the importer of America’s oldest
national brand of award-winning olive oil, best-selling wine vinegars, and a variety
of cooking wines.