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    Family Dinners Remembered, Relived, Renewed - Los Olivos Markets

    Family Dinners Remembered, Relived, Renewed

    Family Dinners Remembered, Relived, Renewed


    Lately, I’ve been reminded of a special time. The table is set spectacularly; every piece of silverware, every glass, and plate is where it’s supposed to be.  The time taking effort to make a meal something unforgettable. It has the makings of an elegant formal dinner, yet it is in the comfort and casualness of our home. The feeling is joyful and lively. The kids are laughing, yelling, and running around like kids always do. The Moms (all sisters) are putting the final touches on the meal of the day. At the head of the table is Papá Ramon, endeared Grandfather and patriarch of the family, enjoying a hoppy ale, as he did prior to any great meal. The family isn’t celebrating anything special per se, but it is the weekend, and we are fortunate to be together. The ambience is cheerful, and focused on the most important thing, Family.


    It was in these settings, that so many treasured memories have been lived. The blessing that it was to have everyone at the table, and to share a nice bottle of wine with a special dinner like braised short ribs, or a wonderful tray of jamón and cheese before a succulent paella. Papá Ramon cherished these family moments, and loved to celebrate these memorable meals. He did it, as if that moment, was the last moment on earth. 


    Papá Ramon inspired the business and the name of Los Olivos Market, because of his love for food and wine. As we work to adjust to this new normal the pandemic has pushed our communities to, I can’t help be reminded of everything he instilled in us. As we are forced to slow things down, spending most hours in shelter, a renewed appreciation is found for the moments we share. The time we dedicate to each meal, the ability to pair it with the right wine, and turn our days into enduring moments that will be everlasting.


    At Los Olivos Markets.com, we have been posting some wonderful videos created by our talented Operations Director, Chef John Herdman. At first, we were just trying to adapt to the pandemic, and to the shelter in place measures executed by the government. We were shifting our business model from the physical to the online world.  In that process, the videos have become more than that for us now. It is our hope that the videos we produce help curate experiences at home that bring a sense of exploration, and discovery. 


    Since the start of the Shelter in Place measures, our family has spent many hours cooking, in part, because many restaurants are temporarily closed, but also because there is time. There is time to savor the moment, and to be meticulous with every step. There is time to be creative and learn something new; to venture out, and try a recipe that may have seemed too tedious when life was racing past us. If our home is anything like other homes, this is a perfect opportunity to not only expand our horizons, but more importantly to cherish the experiences we share with our loved ones. Share the fun and savor the taste of what we have created.


    Now more than ever we are proud to be part of the community, and consider ourselves fortunate to have the chance to support our vendors and customers. At Los Olivos Markets, we have always taken pride in curating experiences in great food, beer, and wine, that bridge Old World Tradition with Texas Charm. It was our intent since day one to showcase the best that Texas and the Hill Country had to offer. We loved seeing the daily visitors to our beloved Wimberley discover some of the best Texas Wines, Craft Beer, and Gourmet Foods. Today, we are proud to extend this to your home with our carefully thought out videos, and it has been an interesting journey, as we have shifted to life inside, and the business to an online store


    The parallel of the value and joy we have experienced in taking the time to cook with our families, and the effort we’ve put in the production of our videos to expand our business model is not lost on us. In practical terms, they help us highlight some of the best uses of the wonderful products our carefully selected vendors produce, but more importantly we believe they are an opportunity for you to create and share moments with your family that you will cherish forever. Please visit us at losolivosmarkets.com, or @losolivosmarket_wimberly on Instagram, or on our YouTube Channel to see more.


    -Rafael

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    Gift Baskets for Your Loved Ones - Los Olivos Markets

    Gift Baskets for Your Loved Ones

    We specialize in Texas fun so when you are looking for the right gift for that special someone, you can count on us.

    In addition to our wines, beers, and food, we carry interesting and useful housewares, wine accessories, and more. Come explore our shop! We can also make custom gift baskets for any theme and price range. They are perfect for corporate gifts, special occasions, or just because. Come on in and let us help you create something that is sure to please.

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    Tasting Club - Los Olivos Markets

    Tasting Club

    Join us at any time for an engaging and fun wine tasting.

    At our wine tastings you can discover some incredible wines made right here in Texas. We showcase primarily Texas Wines and change our board on a weekly basis. Is beer more your style? Texas is becoming a prime spot for craft beer producers, which is why we have over 35 different beers in stock.

    Come try a beer flight and explore the varieties that are out there. We also have a wonderful selection of gourmet foods from around the state that are sure to complement or spice up any recipe.

    Sign up for our Tasting Club by using the form below!

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    Los Olivos rebranding - Los Olivos Markets

    Los Olivos rebranding

    Dear Friends and Family,

    As many of you know, the Hill Country has always been our favorite place to spend time with family and friends, and a place where we’ve made some unforgettable memories.  On March 1st, our family purchased Taste Buds in Wimberley, TX. These past three months have been an exciting and wonderful experience and we can’t wait to see what the future holds. We have met some amazing people and are very grateful for everyone’s warm welcome and support of the business.

    From the beginning, we knew how important Taste Buds and the products are to our customers. It is the reason we decided to purchase the business. Whether it’s the sweet and delicious honey butters, spicy and savory salsas, or a delicious wine tasting, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We are committed to meeting your needs and many of your suggestions have been incorporated in this change that is taking place.  

    We are also implementing a delicious menu, with ingredients sold in house, to complement our wine and beer selections. We’ve enjoyed seeing everyone having a great time at the store and our goal is to build on that with a rebranding effort that emphasizes the fun, casual and hill country vibe that makes this place so special. Our goal is for the store to keep its delicious products and awesome ambiance and expand on it.  

    Beginning June 15th, Taste Buds Market is now Los Olivos Market, a name with a lot of personal significance.  My grandfather, my mother’s father, was from Madrid, Spain but a true Texan at heart. One of his favorite quotes was: “You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas.” by Davy Crockett. He lived on our ranch in Dripping Springs for 8 years before he passed away. As a gift, my aunt brought him two Olive trees for the property, which he planted, giving us the idea of naming it Los Olivos Ranch. We immediately fell in love with the name and when we took over the store we knew from the beginning what the name had to be.  We hope you’ll love it just as much as we do. We can’t emphasize enough how grateful we are for everyone’s support. These changes are positive and we are certain you will agree.

    Yours,
    Rebecca Varela
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