Avant got me thinking about the emergence of wine tasting rooms in our area that offer something a little different than the traditional experience and share a common “hip” factor.
for example, is a hub of creativity and sensory delights in downtown Los Olivos. It’s all about “modern vintage” style here. And you can buy their impeccable taste because the tasting house doubles as a boutique with a selection of interior pieces and home accents for sale. The space not only looks great—the eclectic play-list rocks, the wine-infused enjoy cupcakes taste delicious and the house wines aren’t too shabby either! The wine label art is lovely too, making for perfect gifting wine. All in all, you will leave under the Saarloos & Sons spell, feeling fabulous and inspired.
Just steps away,
Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio is another artistic venture (literally). They recently opened their doors in Los Olivos after moving from the original Santa Ynez location. Artiste is a true art gallery, and the wines themselves embrace the art of blending as “Impressionist Cuvees”. Each wine is adorned with specifically commissioned artwork and, with the wax bottle tops, they are almost too pretty to open. But the wines are so elegant, you won’t want to let them rest on display for too long!
In downtown Santa Barbara on the Urban Wine Trail,
provides a playful counterpart. Don’t let the simple names like “Bright White”, “Dark Red” and “Sweetie” fool you—the wines are serious in quality. Winemaker Dave Potter just ensures you crack a smile while you’re buying and drinking them.