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Heard it On the Grapevine: River Ridge Tasting Room Brings International Flavors to Oxnard

Heard it On the Grapevine: River Ridge Tasting Room Brings International Flavors to Oxnard

By Raven West Two dozen VIP guests were treated to an International Wine Tasting extravaganza at the River Ridge Tasting Room, located at the River Ridge Golf Course in Oxnard. Bob Mazzola, Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET Level II), the regional sales manager of Carolina Wine Brands poured imported selections from the Santa Carolina vineyard […]

Heard it On the Grapevine: Magnavino Cellars Hosts a Verily Good Time

Heard it On the Grapevine:  Magnavino Cellars Hosts a Verily Good Time

By Raven West Several hundred of Rob and Barbara Wagner’s closest friends were invited to “Castle Magnavino” to enjoy a Medieval style celebration at Magnavino Cellars’ Renaissance themed wine club member’s pick-up party. Wine club members and guests came dressed in festive medieval costumes. Empty goblets were soon filled with Magnavino’ s finest selection of varietals, […]

Getting Tipsy on Laughter

Getting Tipsy on Laughter

By Raven West James Frey’s “Corks -n-Comedy Night” at the Tasting Room at River Ridge features a stellar line-up of professional comedians who bring their unique brand of humor to Oxnard the third Saturday of the month. On warmer nights, the show is staged outside the River Ridge Golf Course clubhouse. Due to the chillier […]

Golf and Wine…. Who knew?

Golf and Wine…. Who knew?

By Raven West What could be better after a round of golf then sipping fine wine while watching a beautiful sunset? That’s exactly what Chris Evans had in mind when he opened The Tasting Room at River Ridge located behind the main entrance of the River Ridge Golf Club in Oxnard. Flights from local wineries […]

30th Annual Ojai Wine Festival

30th Annual Ojai Wine Festival

by Raven West So much wine, so little time!  For wine lovers there isn’t any event that offers a one-stop tasting of wines from all over the state than the Ojai Wine Festival. (photos by Raven West) Overcast skies couldn’t dampen the spirits or stop the flow of spirits from more than 60 local California […]

Casa Pacifica’s 23rd Annual Wine Food & Brew Festival — A Party with a Purpose

Casa Pacifica’s 23rd Annual Wine Food & Brew Festival — A Party with a Purpose

By Raven West What could be better than spending a Sunday afternoon eating great food, sipping delightful wines and beer and dancing with a few thousand “close” friends?  Perhaps knowing that your enjoyment is increased by the momentous support you’re giving to an organization whose purpose is to make life better for more than 500 […]

Heard It On the “Strawberry” Vine: 33rd Annual California Strawberry Festival Draws Record Crowds

Heard It On the “Strawberry” Vine: 33rd Annual California Strawberry Festival Draws Record Crowds

By Raven West Thousands of strawberry lovers descended on Oxnard for a weekend of fun, games and great entertainment, all for the cause to support local charities. With every bite of eatable strawberry creations and sips of strawberry beer, strawberry daiquiris and strawberry wine consumed, Festival attendees also contributed to dozens of sponsoring charities who […]

Back Patio Cellars – Ventura County’s Newest Winery and Tasting Room

Back Patio Cellars – Ventura County’s Newest Winery and Tasting Room

When Frank and Jen Hules decided to open a new winery and tasting room in Ventura County, they wanted to find a location that was close to their home in Moorpark. After checking out available spaces in Oxnard, Ventura and Camarillo, they found the perfect location at 930 Flynn Road in Camarillo. “We just fell […]

Taste of Conejo 2015 – A Culinary and Wine Connoisseurs Dream Come True

Taste of Conejo 2015 – A Culinary and Wine Connoisseurs Dream Come True

By Raven West Nearly every winery in Ventura County was on hand to fill the glasses of more than 1,000 culinary and wine connoisseurs who attended the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce 7th Annual “Taste of Conejo” at the Four Seasons hotel in Westlake Village.   VIP attendances who arrived an hour early were […]

Undercover Reunion Book Signing – Better Response than Movie

Undercover Reunion Book Signing – Better Response than Movie

By Raven West To celebrate the premier of the movie “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” Panaro Brothers presented OPEN CHANEL D – A BOOK SIGNING EVENT with Author Raven West signing her newly released novel Undercover Reunion. David Panaro poured a taste of his Napoleon Solo (Doucette), Illya Kuryakin (Moscato) and the Alexander Waverly (dry Riesling […]

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