Olive Oil Spill in Monterey, Last night my wife and I went to one of our yearly olive oil competitions. We wait with anticipation for the special day when the competition banquet happens where the awards are given out for the best EVOO. We thought if would be a nice gesture to share our olive oil with the people seated at our table for dinner. Our olive oil bottle had a shrink wrap and a fancy wax seal on the cap. As we sat at the table while people chatting with each other I decided to open the bottle of oil. Well, I was having a hard time removing the shrink wrap with my fingers, great seal, I finally tried with a knife, slowly peeling the wax bit by bit. Finally after 10 minutes with bits and pieces of red wax all over my place setting I managed to get the cap open.I was embarrassed because we sell the bottle with the same cap wrap. At home there are there devices to remove the wax seal. Any how, the bottle is open and it was time to pass it around to the guests seated at the table. There seemed to be a little oil on the bottle so I wiped the bottle clean and started passing it to the guests. The bottle went almost full circle when the last person to get the bottle poured some olive oil on to his plate and gently placed the bottle down on the table. As he removed his hand from the bottle over the bottle tipped over and oil spilled out on the fresh white table cloth, within a split second 1/3rd of the oil was on the table. I grabbed the sliced bread and placed it over the spill sopping up the oil. I enjoyed the bread with the oil. The guest felt a little bad because it was an expensive oil and also made a mess in front of the gal sitting next to him. Well I was albe to take the bottle and wipe it off again and pass it to another guest at the table, wouldn't you know it the same thing happened to the next guest pouring the oil for a bread dip. Spill # 2 More than half the bottle of oil was gone before the other guests people could try this fine EVOO. Yes we all thought it was funny but no one else even touched the bottle for the rest of the evening. After dinner we went to pick up our award that we won and left the bottle on the table. I hope that the cap was closed tightly. I never saw the person who took the bottle of oil home. We won A hard earned SILVER award for our EVOO, the night ended just right. Now to buy a frame for San Miguel Olive Farm award Certificate and find a place for it on our wall of fame. Sometimes the unexpected happens and it ends up as a memory of the time. Yes we have two pics of the happening.
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