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As the holidays edge upon us, we are feeling the winter blues, short days, cold nights and the season of holiday parties, celebrations, and special dinners are all around us.  As a hospitality worker, this was my busiest season. Having covid variants once again severely impact my industry (large scale events) this is once again going to be a very quiet holiday for us at Bug and Olive Company. I am missing my days spent opening many bottles for those celebrating their business dinners, personal family functions, or romantic nights with their sweet hearts. But, many of us still are...

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Foodie, Foodie Tour, Salt Spring Island, Staycation, Tour, Travel, Wine Tasting -

A review of our favourite spots on the amazing Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada. 

 

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sulfur, thirsty thursday, wine, winestudy -

Many of us, everyday drinkers, don't give a lot of thought to the chemical processes behind that tasty glass of wine we pour after a long day.    . But did you know one of the most common components in wine is Sulphur?   Sulphur Dioxide (S02) is indispensable in the winery. It acts as an antioxidant and an antiseptic. Sulphur is used to protect freshly harvested grapes and levels throughout the winemaking process. Levels of S02 are strictly monitored by the laws of the region producing the wines- because, at certain levels, it can be highly toxic.    Antioxidant: S02 protects...

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Halloween, Haunted Wine, liore valley, sommelier, Spookywine, Thirsty Blog, Wine -

    We love spooky wine….      Although there are many spooky stories we wanted to share, this murderous castle jumped to the top of our list. When the world opens up, has a pretty bomb DOT com haunted bed & breakfast that we CANNOT wait to visit.    Château  Brissac located in the Anjou, Liore Valley, France.    Brissac is a family-owned chateau, owned by the same family since 26 May 1502, date of purchase of the domain of Brissac by René de Cossé a gentleman from Angers. 519 years later, in 2021, his descendants, the Duc and the...

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Magnum, Magnums, thirsty thursday, Wine Bottle -

I had the amazing opportunity to work at a private party a few weeks ago. My first since pre-covid, and I can't lie, it felt like a weird new world. 31 guests, private chef and sous chef, four-course meal, all presented with myself and another sommelier in a gorgeous West Side mansion. Story time from some NHL Alumni Guest's, Grammy-winner piano performance, What fun! (I still slightly resent the fact their kitchen island was bigger than my entire living room, but I digress.) Everything went off without a hitch, but one thing I loved most about this party was that the...

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