About Prairie Oils & Vinegars
About The Owner
Owner Bev Penner and her husband were on a culinary tour in Portland, OR, where they discovered an oil and vinegar tasting room. They fell in love with the freshness of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil and the wonderful flavours of the aged Balsamic Condimento as well as the tasting experience. Finding there was nothing like this in Manitoba, they decided to open an Oil and Vinegar Tasting Room in Manitoba. The Steinbach store opened in November of 2012. The second location in Winkler, MB, opened in November of 2015.
Prior to being a gourmet foods store owner, Bev always had a passion for cooking, outstanding ingredients and flavour development. Her previous experience working with a quality food and spices supplier, combined with her skills in accounting, gave her the perfect entrepreneurial recipe for leading Manitoba’s First Oil and Vinegar Tasting Room.
About Our Supplier, Veronica Foods
Our supplier, Veronica Foods, is the oldest and most trusted distributor in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil industry and is credited for opening the first olive oil and vinegar tasting bar of its kind in North America. Now supplying stores in the US and Canada, their line of fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oils, Fused and Infused Olive Oils, Traditional Balsamic Vinegars, and Naturally Flavoured Balsamic Vinegars are unmatched and certified for their Ultra Premium quality.
Through our research of Veronica Foods, and our relationship with Veronica Bradley herself, we are confident our distributor knows exactly where our quality EVOO comes from. They have met the vineyard owners, and know the crush date of the olives. Our olive oils come from Veronica Foods’ own grove and crushing mill in Tunisia, Africa, and also from all over the world, sourced from different hemispheres based on their growing seasons. This means we can provide the freshest oil possible in North America. We are proud that our distributor is committed to networking with smaller and more traditional olive oil and balsamic, producers, who use only top quality, traditional methods. Click here to learn more about Veronica Foods.
Prairie Oils & Vinegars Philosophy
At Prairie Oils & Vinegars, we know that fresh foods are the best for us. So we follow the seasonal olive crush in the northern and southern hemispheres to provide you with the most recently produced and healthiest oils available in Manitoba, Canada, and North America.
In Manitoba, we are regionally rich in amazing grains, meats, and produce. If we could grow olives and buy local, we would! Imported olive oil is minimum two-three months away from us in the heart of the continent, and Prairie Oils & Vinegars brings in a fresh shipment with each olive crush following the growing seasons around the world. Just like fruit juice, meat, or produce, fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oil is best, for taste, and for health.
The Ultra Premium (UP) Extra Virgin Olive Oils found at Prairie Oils & Vinegars define a new category of olive oil, which is well beyond the current Extra Virgin standards. This new UP standard was developed to define and distinguish the freshest, highest quality olive oil in the world, by separating the "Good" from the "Great" with third party sensory evaluation and credentialed laboratory testing methods.
At Prairie Oils & Vinegars we can offer our customers the ultimate in olive oil flavour, authenticity, and tree-to-bottle transparency. While others still use meaningless “best if used by dates,” we want you to know when your olive oil was crushed! We always provide for you the chemical analysis of the oil, having verified every batch by an independent laboratory to know it is of Ultra Premium quality. We also provide you with country of origin, and the date your olive oil was crushed so that you can be sure you are purchasing an EVOO well within its peak freshness window. Click here to learn more about Ultra Premium EVOO.
In addition to our stunning lineup of Extra Virgin Olive Oils, we also offer the opportunity to enjoy naturally flavoured olive oils, gourmet oils, and an extensive variety of Balsamic Condimento to tantalize your palate.
Our Balsamic Condimento is certified to be from Modena, Italy, and made in an artisan fashion through the traditional Solera method. We offer dark and white balsamic vinegars, both traditional and flavour infused. Their thickness, colour, sweetness, and low acidity are due to the aging process used to create their one deep, rich flavour. They are aged up to 18 years resulting in a rich, smooth product that truly stands apart from any grocery store brand. Click here to learn more about Balsamic vinegars.
Our goal at Prairie Oils & Vinegars is to provide access to these extraordinary products, giving anyone who wants the opportunity to taste what high quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Condimento should taste like.
We’re not just a retail store, we’re an experience!
About Our Tasting Tours
At Prairie Oils & Vinegars, we’ve developed a full tasting tour provided by our outstanding customer service associates who are just as passionate about our oils and vinegars as the owners. But we also love to encourage everyone who comes into our shop to get hands on and be welcome to help themselves to taste and experiment if they so choose.
You do not need to reserve a time for your tasting tour during regular business hours. It is offered to all visitors to our store. If you are coming with a group of four or more, and would like to ensure an uninterrupted tasting tour experience, feel free to call ahead just so we can take measures to give you the devoted time of one of our customer service associates.
A tasting tour can take as little or as long as you like, typically ranging from 10-30 minutes, depending on how much information you would like and how many tasting recommendations you’d like to sample with the help of an associate.
Looking for a fun event? Private tasting events are frequently requested and can be arranged after store hours for groups of 10 (minimum) to approximately 15. Click here to learn more about our Private Tasting Events, also called Olive Oil 101.
We are passionate about our product and love to impart this to our customers. Want to see what others have to say about what we do? Click here to explore our Customer Feedback. Have something to say? Email us at info[at]prairieoils[dot]ca. We look forward to connecting with you!