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Every year the IOOS selects the World's Best Olive Oils and 19 Greek olive oils were among the best of 2014 (12 of which earned Gold Award status), though United States producers got 37 awards, 13 were given to brands from Latin America, and nine awards went to Croatia. If you want to have a tasting party at home, you may as well just tick off all the brands on the winning list, including Athena Oil, Bonum Terrae, Opg Zanini, Olivar Del Azaraque, Dry Creek Olive Company, and Cobram Estate.
If a tour is more your style, there are tons of places that offer olive oil tastings so all you have to do is figure out where you want to go. The options are pretty endless and just like wine tastings, there are little shops and huge groves that offer tastings in nearly every major city — this is especially true in Europe. If you like wine, maybe hit Napa Valley in California and plan a combined olive oil and wine tour. You should definitely visit Crete if Greece is more your style, since the island's location and layout is especially kind to olive trees.
Now that you have a better working knowledge of the magical liquid that is olive oil, go forth in the world and spread the love. Who knows, you may end up becoming one of those serious connoisseurs who brings their own bottle to gourmet restaurants.