Napa Valley Naturals products have a "Best By" date and lot number stamped onto the glass bottle. The date is read month/day/year. The lot number follows the date code. We recommend using Napa Valley Naturals oils within two years of their bottling. Olive oil and grapeseed oil will both maintain their freshness longer if stored in a cool, dark place. Storage in the refrigerator is not recommend. Olive oil will become cloudy and solid and may combine with condensation from the refrigerator. This condensation could negatively affect the taste of the olive oil. Our vinegars have any unlimited shelf life.
Most of all, we want you to be happy with your purchase of Napa Valley Naturals products. If for any reason you are dissatisfied, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the lot number, date code, type of product and size, your mailing address, telephone number, the store at which you purchased the product and date if known, and we will resolve any concerns that you may have. We guarantee the high quality of our products and would like you to enjoy using Napa Valley Naturals.
Cool temperatures cause the waxy esters in extra virgin olive oil to solidify. This often happens in the winter, in cool stores or after refrigeration. To return the olive oil to its clear state, warm a pan of water and set the bottle in the pan or leave the olive oil at room temperature.
The short answer is that some will and some won't. While it would be a convenient and easy test if it were accurate, the refrigerator test is not accurate. The temperature at which an extra virgin olive oil will solidify varies with the ripeness and the varietal of the olive. The only objective test to determine extra virgin olive oil's chemistry as in fact extra virgin is done in a lab.
Dark brown residue is likely pieces of the fruit of the olive in the oil. Napa Valley Naturals extra virgin olive oils are unfiltered so tiny pieces of the fruit of the olive often end up at the bottom of bottles since they are heavier than the oil. If the oil doesn't smell rancid or taste bad, then it's likely not a problem. Sediment is natural and normal in 100% unfiltered olive oils like Napa Valley Naturals. It tends to look like very dark oil at the bottom of bottles. Shake up the bottle and see if it dissipates.
Napa Valley Naturals oils are bottled in a facility that also handles soy and nut products.
Napa Valley Natural Extra Virgin Olive Oils are pressed at temperatures below 98.5 degrees. Our olive oils are pressed at such low temperatures to preserve their flavor and nutritional value.
Napa Valley Natural Extra Virgin Olive Oils have an acidity of .05% or less at the time of bottling. Acidity and quality can be affected by many factors once the olive oil leaves our bottling facility. Temperature and direct bright light during transportation and storage on store shelves can negatively impact the quality of olive oil.
A stale or "off" odor is a sign of rancid oil. However, a pungent, peppery or spicy taste or smell is an attribute of high quality, unrefined extra virgin olive oil.
If you are certain that your Napa Valley Naturals olive oil is rancid, please email us at email@example.com with the lot number, date code, type of product and size, your mailing address, telephone number, the store at which you purchased the product and date if known, and we will resolve any concerns that you may have. We guarantee the high quality of our products and would like you to enjoy using Napa Valley Naturals.
Napa Valley Naturals Grapeseed Oil is versatile cooking oil. It can be used in salad dressings when a flavorful olive oil might overpower the recipe. And it's high smoke point make it an ideal choice for frying or sautéing when olive oil might brown and burn.
Olive oil and grape seed oil will both maintain their freshness longer if stored in a cool, dark place. Storage in the refrigerator is not recommend. Olive oil will become cloudy and solid and may combine with condensation from the refrigerator. This condensation could negatively affect the taste of the olive oil. Vinegar can be stored in the refrigerator or in the pantry or cupboard.
Yes, our grapeseed oil is a beautiful dark green. Extra lightening and filtration steps used by most other producers are eliminated in our grapeseed oil's production to keep the product as close to its natural state as possible. And the oil is exposed to less oxidation due to less filtration. The result is an oil with a more full flavored nutty taste than most, and a high chlorophyll content.
Napa Valley Naturals vinegars are unfiltered, so you may find pieces of the "mother" of the vinegar in the bottle. They appear to be globs, strands or sediment in the bottle. They are the harmless bacteria, acetobactor, which turns wine into vinegar. Napa Valley Naturals vinegars are unfiltered and not pasteurized and the mother is a naturally occurring part of the vinegar making process.
There are naturally occurring sulfites in our organic vinegars. We do not add sulfites.
All Napa Valley Naturals oils are certified Kosher by Kosher Supervisors of America (KSA). Napa Valley Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Reserve Cuvee Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Balsamic Vinegar, Organic Golden Balsamic Vinegar, Organic White Wine Vinegar and Organic Red Wine Vinegar are certified organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI).
And we are always developing new Organic and Kosher products. If you would like to suggest a new product idea, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Napa Valley Naturals organic balsamic and wine vinegars are compliant with California law known as Proposition 65. There is no lead present at the level specified as the threshold by Prop. 65. With the 1,000 fold margin of safety in this law, Napa Valley Naturals organic wine and balsamic vinegars far exceed Prop. 65 consumer safety standards for lead.
All balsamic and red wine vinegars contain naturally occurring lead. Lead is naturally absorbed by all things that grow in the ground, including the grapes used to make vinegar. Most balsamic and red wine vinegars have lead levels equal to or less than 34 parts per million. An average person would need to consume 1 to 2 cups of balsamic or red wine vinegar per day to reach the Proposition 65 lead level minimum threshold, which includes a 1000-fold safety margin. The relative danger from consuming balsamic and red wine vinegars is best compared to other products containing naturally occurring lead, consumed daily at far greater levels. For instance, one can readily consume more naturally occurring lead on a daily basis by drinking water and wine, and eating many types of vegetables, than by consuming even significant quantities of balsamic and red wine vinegars.
Yes, all Napa Valley Naturals products are gluten free and are bottled on equipment that is not shared with products that contain gluten.
Yes, all Napa Valley Naturals products are vegan.
Our Olive Oils, Vinegars, Cold Pressed Sesame Oil and Burgundy and Sauterne Cooking Wines are considered "raw food".