The Signature Team
Why a Tasting Bar?
After more than 25 years of frienship and 15 years as business partners, these two wine loving foodies wanted to expand their business holdings. In 2014, Signature Oil & Vinegar was born.
Before they renovated and set up the tasting bar at their exisiting wine shop, Sigrid Lees and Lisa Whitmore did their research and sampled plenty of extra virgin olive oils (EVOO) and vinegars themselves. It was important for them to ensure that they fully understood the industry and that they secured the best possible products.
“We were looking to add something that would compliment our wine making services,” says Lees, who opened Signature Wines more than 27 years ago. “We learned of the ever-increasing popularity of olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting bars in the USA and some of the larger cities in Canada. We conducted extensive research into the product and the concept. Both of us already knew about the health benefits of olive oil and loved to cook with it. We felt that many others would share our enthusiasm.
“Over a period of three months we traveled to various facilities and researched the products. We ultimately decided to work with a family-owned and operated business in Oakland, California, to be our primary supplier and mentors. They have been in the olive oil business since 1914, so they certainly know what they are talking about.”