Guided Bug & Wine Pairing

Los Angeles, California, United States

Experience hosted by Aly

  1. 90 mins
  2. Hosted in English
A local favorite
Often booked by people who live nearby.

What you'll do

Like a wine and cheese pairing, minus the cheese (and plus the bugs)! Much like a Sauvignon Blanc goes well with lobster, a crisp white wine brings out the delicate flavors of a scorpion.

There are over 2100 identified species of edible bugs, each with incredibly delicate and unique flavor profiles. Experience the flavor arc of a spiced grasshopper: leading with hints of chili and lime, unfolding into a subtle fruity bouquet, and ending with a cool, lingering heat. The grasshopper pairs wonderfully with a Cabernet Franc, matching the fruity undertones and packing enough flavor to stand up to the tannins.

Following a short presentation on sustainability, nutrition, insect farming and more, the tastings will commence. Included is a guided adventure through 4 - 7 wines. Each wine is thoughtfully matched with two bugs to showcase a wide variety of flavor profiles.

For bug-beginners, we offer adjusted menus and a comfortable, familiar setting to embolden you to try new things. If you're worried that your friends will be hesitant to get on board with bugs, that's what we're here for! For adventurous eaters, we offer exotic varieties. Pairing bugs with wines allows us to celebrate bugs in their full glory without hiding them in dishes.
Other things to note
Guests with shellfish or dust mite allergies may also be allergic to insects. There is never any pressure to eat the bugs, but hopefully you'll want to after participating in this experience and learning more!
Like a wine and cheese pairing, minus the cheese (and plus the bugs)! Much like a Sauvignon Blanc goes well with lobster, a crisp white wine brings out the delicate flavors of a scorpion.

There are over 2100 identified species of edible bugs, each with incredibly delicate and unique flavor profiles. Experience the flavor arc of a spiced grasshopper: leading with hints of chili and lime, unfolding into a subtle fruity bouquet, and endi…

What's included

  • Food
    The Bug & Wine pairing will feature 6 - 12 unique insects for tasting. We'l...
  • Drinks
    A Bug & Wine pairing is impossible without wine! We'll also have water, tea...

Meet your Host, Aly

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 4 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hi. I'm Aly, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

After studying public health at Yale University, I became interested in finding new ways to address the challenges of sustainably and nutritiously feeding a growing population. I started Bugible.com to support the expanding insect agriculture industry and ended up gaining a cult following on Instagram. I launched Eat Bugs Events to reach a broader audience through unique educational events like Bug & Wine Pairings, Bug Dinners, and Bug Cooking Classes. Since then, Bugible has become the leading media and PR brand for the insect agriculture industry, appearing on Netflix's Bill Nye, in Food & Wine, Forbes, & other popular publications.
Hi. I'm Aly, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

After studying public health at Yale University, I became interested in finding new ways to address the challenges of sustainably and nutritiously feeding a growing population. I started Bugible.com to support the expanding insect agriculture industry and ended up gaining a cult following on Instagram. I launched Eat Bugs Events to reach a broader audience through unique educational events like Bug & Wine Pairings, Bug Dinners, an…
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From $50/ person

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In partnership with Atlas Obscura

Selected by Atlas Obscura
This experience is offered directly by a member of the Atlas Obscura community and has been selected by Atlas Obscura.


Founded in 2009, Atlas Obscura is a global community of explorers, who have together created a comprehensive database of the world’s most wondrous places and foods. Community members also host their own experiences, providing special access to the world’s hidden wonders, local marvels, and gastronomical wonders.

Where you'll be

We'll be in the Bugible Kitchen - arguably one of the most well-stocked bug kitchens with the largest collection of culinary insects in this region of the world!

Rated 4.50 out of 5 from 4 reviews.

David
February 2020
It was easy to see right from the beginning that this event is something Aly is really passionate about and a topic that she is also super knowledgeable in. I don't want to give too much away because the mystery is part of the fun, but definitely come thirsty and bring an open mind. My wife and I had a great time.
Crystal
February 2020
Unique and Educational Experience
Anisa
February 2020
A great introduction to eating insects!
Blakely
January 2020
What impressed me the most was that I believe we all went to college. What a highly educated group,

Things to know

Guest requirements

You’ll need a photo that matches the one on your ID to confirm who’s actually going on this experience.
Guests ages 21 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

Their I.D.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.