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By Lynda Wheatley | June 16, 2018

It’s a cruel irony that bathing suit season happens to coincide with the absolute best time of year to sit outside and sip wine. (A six-ounce glass will run you about 115 to 150 calories, but let’s be honest: With this scenery, who stops at a single glass?) Luckily, Chateau Chantal makes available in its tasting room snack cooler a healthy low-cal, low-carb snack that pairs immensely well with wine and keeps you from eating an entirely liquid lunch or dinner: Oloves. Available in fab flavors — we loved the not-too-tart lemon and rosemary mix; liked the light zing of the basil and garlic variety — these fat and firm green olives offered a salty, slightly fatty fix that curbed our hunger for real food but didn’t distract a bit from the happiest part of our happy hour, an assemblage of reds and whites. Only $1.50 per 50-calorie pack, but plan to buy a couple, even if you’re watching your waistline; only about six olives are in each. 15900 Rue de Vin, on Old Mission Peninula, Traverse City. (800) 969-4009,


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