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The Camarillo Old Town Association Wine Walk 2014 – An Anniversary Gift to Us All!

The Camarillo Old Town Association Wine Walk 2014 – An Anniversary Gift to Us All!

                  By Raven West It might have been a celebration of City of Camarillo’s 50th anniversary, but Jonathan Boring, President of the Board for the Old Town Camarillo Association and the merchants in Old Town gave Ventura county wine lovers a fantastic gift; wine tasting from some […]

Wine making at Aldabella –Heard It On The Grapevine–What’s up, What’s hot, Ventura County’s Local Wineries

Wine making at Aldabella –Heard It On The Grapevine–What’s up, What’s hot, Ventura County’s Local Wineries

From Grapes to Wine…A lot of work and a lot of time for wine lovers at Aldabella By Raven West As anyone in the wine making business knows, crushing grapes to make wine has come a very long way from Lucille Ball’s hilarious grape stomping scene, and for wine enthusiasts, processing their precious grapes is […]

Alma Sol Winery–Heard It On The Grapevine–What’s up, What’s hot, Ventura County’s Local Wineries

Alma Sol Winery–Heard It On The Grapevine–What’s up, What’s hot, Ventura County’s Local Wineries

By Raven West Located only a few blocks west of the Hampshire Boulevard exit off the 101, Alma Sol winery brings the best of Paso Robles appellation home to Thousand Oaks. Owned and operated by John Shaw and his wife Lisa Cuevas, Alma Sol is a micro-boutique winery that showcases the wonderful Cabernet fruit that […]

Casa Barranca Winery–Heard It On The Grapevine–What’s up, What’s hot, Ventura County’s Local Wineries

Casa Barranca Winery–Heard It On The Grapevine–What’s up, What’s hot, Ventura County’s Local Wineries

By Raven West Surrounded by the mountains of the Ojai Valley, Casa Barranca winery is the first ICO certified organic vineyard on the Central Coast and is also one of a few wineries in Ventura County that produces 100% vegan wine; meaning there are no animal products used in the production process. Even though wine […]

Camarillo Custom Crush Winery-–Heard It On The Grapevine–What’s up, What’s hot, Ventura County’s Local Wineries

Camarillo Custom Crush Winery-–Heard It On The Grapevine–What’s up, What’s hot, Ventura County’s Local Wineries

Whether you’re an independent grape grower, find a new emerging winery, or an individual with the desire to create your own wines, Camarillo Custom Crush Winery will help you realize your dream. Award winning winemaker Shaun Frohn and his team combine the science and the art of wine making to produce a variety of wines […]

Bella Victorian Tasting Room & Bistro –Heard It On The Grapevine–What’s up, What’s hot, Ventura County’s Local Wineries

Bella Victorian Tasting Room & Bistro –Heard It On The Grapevine–What’s up, What’s hot, Ventura County’s Local Wineries

By Raven West     True wine enthusiasts know that pairing wine with food can dramatically enhance or destroy the experience of any favorite bottle purchased on site. While most of the tasting rooms along the Ventura County Wine trail may offer complementary crackers and perhaps a selection of cheeses and chocolates, Bella Victorian Tasting […]

Wine Columnist Raven West interviewed on Good Morning Oxnard Show

Wine Columnist Raven West interviewed on Good Morning Oxnard Show

By George Miller Our “Heard it on the Grapevine” wine columnist Raven West was interviewed by host Peter Godinez on KADY TV’s the Good Morning Oxnard show on Wednesday, July 16, at Tomas Cafe on A Street.  She discussed her three books, including “Red Wine for Breakfast.” “First Class Male” and  “Undercover Reunion.” Ms. West recounted how […]

Herzog Wine Cellars–Heard It On The Grapevine–What’s up, What’s hot, Ventura County’s Local Wineries

Herzog Wine Cellars–Heard It On The Grapevine–What’s up, What’s hot, Ventura County’s Local Wineries

By Raven West On July 8th, 2014, Herzog Wine Cellars held their Soiree IX to celebrate their 9th anniversary being open to the public. Guests of the event were entertained by The Ventura Jazz Collective (The VJC) and delicious food was prepared by Tierra Sur’s head Chef Gabriel Garcia.   Head winemaker Joe Hurliman was […]

Sunland Vintage Winery–Heard It On The Grapevine–What’s up, What’s hot, Ventura County’s Local Wineries

Sunland Vintage Winery–Heard It On The Grapevine–What’s up, What’s hot, Ventura County’s Local Wineries

  As Shakespeare famously wrote; “What’s in a Name?” The meaning, there as Juliette attested, drug was that names of things do not matter, only what things are. For Michael Giovinazzo, wine maker at Sunland Winery in Thousand Oaks, not only do the names of his wines matter, the name of the winery, the logo, […]

The 7th Annual Ventura County Wine Trail Celebration

The 7th Annual Ventura County Wine Trail Celebration

For the second year in a row, for sale the Ventura County Wine Trail Celebration was held at The Collection Riverpark shopping plaza in Oxnard. Since its inception in 2007, the Ventura County Wine Trail Celebration had been previously held at Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard, but due to the enormous popularity and increasing number […]