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One of my favorite things to do visit Los Olivos.  I love the old time feeling to the town, the adorable little shops and the amazing eateries.

But I especially love the fact that there are some amazing wine tasting rooms in such a small area.

One of my favorites is Saarloos and Sons (and not just because it shares tasting space with the amazing cupcake bakery, Enjoy Cupcakes!).

Nestled at the entrance to Los Olivos, you’ll notice the The House as soon as you make the turn onto Grand Ave.

Saarloos & Sons House

After you’ve found a spot to park (which can be especially hard on weekends and during the summer months), you’ll be welcomed to the tasting room by Keith Saarloos, who happens to be both the owner of the family business and the winemaker.

Keith

Don’t let this picture fool you, he’s really quite charming.

If you are so inclined, you will be directed to the Enjoy Cupcakes counter where you have a choice of cupcake flavors that have been expertly paired with Keith’s wine.  You aren’t required to taste the cupcakes in tandem with the wines, but I HIGHLY recommend you partake in the “flight” tasting so that you can be a part of the unique experience.  Menu

As your wines are poured, you will hear the family tales behind each wine.

Tasting

From the inspiration for the name, to the people featured in old photographs on the labels, you will begin understand that Saarloos and Sons really is centered around the family.

Saarloos & Sons - Enjoy Cupcakes

The only thing better than tasting these amazing wines is being able to taste them along with amazing cupcakes!

Cupcakes

Lovingly created and baked by the talented Amber Vander Vliet and sold to you by her engaging husband Kevin, you are sure to find something delicious amongst their offerings.   As a Syrah fan, I am partial to their signature flavor, Chocolate Blackberry Syrah.  But I guarantee, if you check out their weekly menu you’ll be sure to be intrigued by more than one flavor.  Just be sure to arrive early on the weekend, as they’ve been known to sell out by the early afternoon!