Island Life Article about Vine & Grind, Treasure Island, FL August 2018

Article about Vine and Grind in Treasure Island, FL
Vine & Grind Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Room and Shop

Vine & Grind Olive Oil & Vinegar Shop just celebrated 2 successful Years in July. They offer more than 87+ varieties of Award Winning Certified AUTHENTIC Extra Virgin Olive Oils, Infused Olive Oils & Balsamic Vinegar along with Specialty Oils like Black or White Truffle, Roasted Walnut, Almond & Toasted Sesame Oil ready for sampling in Vine & Grind’s Tasting Room & Shop!

         Concept is Taste before you buy, bottled fresh on site. Exceptional quality is what Vine & Grind of Treasure Island is all about when it comes to the many varieties of olive oil and balsamic vinegar along with other products they offer to their online and in-store customers.

          Young, knowledgeable Entrepreneur, Jared Leal, 23-year-old owner of the business runs the Store & Tasting Room with his Mom, Cherie and Friendly employee Shannon. These three are happy to assist you in any way, explain what pairs well, what the chemistry levels mean, suggest recipes or put together a basket for you!

       It was the health benefits of EVOO & Balsamic Vinegar and finding out about the fraud that inspired Jared to get into the business. A few Years ago, 60 Minutes aired an investigative report about the quality of olive oil and how their research showed that between “75-80 percent” of the product “sold in the United States does not meet the legal grades for extra-virgin oil.” They are being sold as "Imported Extra Virgin Olive Oil" mixed with cheap oils, coloring and Chlorophyll still being sold in markets everywhere. Many of the top Brand names out there. Even one of the top sellers in the United States according to findings aired during the research on 60 minutes. Sad but true!

            Jared’s many Family Members were using EVOO for health benefits with most of their daily meals and had a few of those top brand names in their kitchen which was mixed with harmful cheaper oils and coloring yet labeled as "Imported Extra Virgin". He became concerned about the purity of what they were consuming. His research for a more pure and high-quality authentic product led to varieties sold by a California distributor, Veronica Foods as their products from around the World are extensively lab tested before being certified authentic, which could be trusted! Jared flew out to learn as much as possible about their amazing products and then opened Vine & Grind.

          Well it turned out to be a great idea and an amazing trusted shop since many faithful customers, Chefs, restaurant owners and the health conscious have been flowing in daily from everywhere to purchase. Many of the Tourists that have visited, continue to purchase on-line. They have sold thousands of bottles in these past few Years! They also keep their prices low to keep everybody healthy. As the Leal Family says, “We want them to be able to afford it and trust that they are purchasing the REAL Deal with amazing taste & Health Benefits!”

          Vine & Grind offers the finest EVOO along with both fused "Agrumato" and infused olive oils & Balsamic Vinegar. Crushing olives or grapes with fresh fruits, vegetables or herbs creates what is known as Agrumato (fused), while infused means the Natural ingredients have been added after crushing. Their supplier mills fresh olives within 2-4 hours of harvest using a mechanical process free of heat and chemicals. Their Balsamic Vinegar is from Modena, Italy. Barrel aged, Kettle cooked never adding any additional sugar or caramel coloring.

           Vine & Grind is a U.P. Certified Store. The U.P. (Ultra Premium) standard is reserved for the finest extra virgin olive oils in the world, as such, the UP grade exceeds all existing European, Italian, Spanish, Greek, North American, Californian, or any other standard for the grade known as extra virgin olive oil. In order to qualify for the U.P. grade, the extra virgin olive oil must meet or exceed a comprehensive set of Production, Storage, Transportation, Testing, Chemistry, and Organoleptic requirements. 

Each U.P. label on their Fustis (Tasting containers) at Vine & Grind lists several categories of information including the crush date and purity measurements.

            They carry the freshest Authentic Extra Virgin Olive Oil from around the World and you can certainly taste the difference. Many manufacturers who sell olive oil in large chain stores, Organic stores and grocery stores do not include the crush date and chemistry levels and do not carry Lab certified U.P. Authentic Products.

          The entire Shop is an inviting Tasting Room. Sample cups are available throughout the store along with dipping bread to sample every flavor & variety. All 87 + Varieties of Oils and Balsamic Vinegar are bottled fresh in store into dark glass bottles to preserve quality & freshness.

            Amazing HEALTH BENEFITS! Besides great taste, other benefits of high-quality Authentic EVOO and balsamic vinegar include Antioxidant, Antibacterial, heart health, bone and blood pressure health along with pain reliefCancer fighting, Diabetes, inflammation reduction, Alzheimer’s, Weight loss, and so much more. Experts recommend that people consume three tablespoons daily of both Authentic Olive Oil & Vinegar. Some Doctors & Health Clinics have been sending their Patients in to purchase Vine & Grind's Certified EVOO, as it MUST BE Authentic for true Health Benefits. Some adulterated oils still being sold at the markets could harm you instead of helping you.

            Other products offered by Vine & Grind include Specialty Oils, Custom gift baskets & packages with delivery available, Wedding/Event Favors, Kahwa Coffee ground/Beans or brewed, organic chocolate, Natural dips & spices, jams, honey, Stuffed Olives, Pasta, Pastry art Candles, Olive Wood products, Pottery, Local Artwork and even a great connection with Amish Furniture from Coastal Fine Furniture.


Vine & Grind also offers Private Tasting Events in store or at your event for 10 or more people. Contact


Vine & Grind Olive Oil & Vinegar Shop

111 107th Ave., Treasure Island