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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 […]

Photo Essay: Traveling the National Parks–Bryce Canyon in Utah

Photo Essay: Traveling the National Parks–Bryce Canyon in Utah

Local residents Harvey and Kathy Youngman recently went on a road trip up through the United States into Canada. They stopped at Bryce Canyon in Utah,  a place named after the Mormon homesteaders who had settled there in late 19th century.  From the National Park Service’s website http://www.nps.gov/brca/index.htm: There is no place quite like Bryce Canyon. […]

Secrets and Howls by Jennifer J. Brown – a Book Review

Secrets and Howls by Jennifer J. Brown – a Book Review

Secrets & Howls: A Wolf’s Head Bay Mystery Synopsis from Amazon: June 1978. Wolf’s Head Bay is gearing up for festivities to celebrate the Fourth of July and the anniversary of the town’s founding. Both are taking a backseat to the controversy surrounding the new housing development at the town’s entrance. A mass grave was […]

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 […]

Santa Paula Fire Dept. gives kids a memory they will never forget

Santa Paula Fire Dept. gives kids a memory they will never forget

Even with the drought, showing these kids real ways firefighters battle dangerous blazes is making a memory that will be hard to forget.  From the Santa Paula Fire Department Facebook page: “Today’s Summer School program at Barbara Webster, what fun!  Engine 82 in the background, staffed today by Capt. Lazenby, Eng. Arana, Firefighter Bell and […]

Two women caught stealing on a Florida beach…what they do may surprise you

Two women caught stealing on a Florida beach…what they do may surprise you

We know this didn’t happen Ventura.  However it does go to show the nerve of some people.  They were caught stealing and you’ll see what happens next. _________________________________________________________________ Get free Citizensjournal.us BULLETINS. Please patronize our advertisers to keep us publishing and/or DONATE

4th of July at Channel Islands Harbor

4th of July at Channel Islands Harbor

By George Miller Beautiful day and The People are out having a good time. Fireworks show at 9 – best viewing from Harbor or Peninsula, South of the bridges. This morning, there was a 5/10K road race. People are now picnicking, kayaking, surfing, paddle boarding, boating, walking, going to the food and craft booths by […]

Call for volunteers–be a docent at the Reagan Library

Call for volunteers–be a docent at the Reagan Library

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, […]