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Napa Valley Olive Oil Manufacturing Co., St. Helena

835 Charter Oak Avenue
St. Helena , California
Tel: 707 963 4173's insider take:

Skip the overpriced gourmet food shops along Highway 29 in favor of this run-down old market, a purveyor of locally produced olive oils and some of the world's best imported balsamic vinegars, Italian salamis, and cheeses. A throwback to the days before import shops became fashionable and overpriced, this dusty little hole-in-the wall is the real deal—rumor has it that the shop inspired the now-famous Oakville Grocery chain. Assemble a picnic lunch of cured meats, olives, bread, and cheese, then snag one of the rickety picnic tables outside in the shade of wisteria vines.

Open daily 8 am to 5:30 pm.

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