Introduction to Secolari Olive Oils and Vinegars
SECOLARI, which is Italian for “Age Old,” is an artisan olive oil and vinegar tasting room with locations in Bethesda and Columbia, Maryland; and in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of Washington, DC. The name was adopted in honor and in tribute of the ancient olive tree, which can live for 3 to 4 thousand years.
I am a native Washingtonian and this is our story. It was a cold Sunday afternoon in February 2011. I was sitting in our sun room relaxing and contemplating life. My thoughts were taking me back to 2008 when Mary, my wife, and I traveled to Umbria, Italy and spent a spectacular week at an Italian farm house.
Our Mission Statement
SECOLARI’s mission is to take the mundane and make it exceptional. We do this by enhancing one’s health, body, spirit, mind, soul, and surroundings through an introduction and exposure to the well-established benefits of the “Age Old” Mediterranean Lifestyle. The patron’s retail experience occurs in a warm and welcoming old-world Tuscan farm house environment, adorned with late 19th Century antiques.
Olive Oil & The Mediterranean Lifestyle
Simply put, olive oil is the foundation for the foods of a Mediterranean Lifestyle. It is the cornerstone to the “Age Old” lifestyle of Secolari. Throughout the ages, olive oil has played an integral part in Mediterranean history. As “liquid gold,” it was not uncommon to find olive oil traded as currency.