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Cooking School

November 10th

Chef Candace Hilger of Twenty88 Restaurant will host a Cooking Class at Four Brix Winery on November 10th, from 10am-1pm.

$57 to include instruction, recipes, food to enjoy or to go, if not finished, and wine tasting!  Maximum 30 attendees.

Menu will be appetizers for the holidays:

  • Unbaked Cranberry Brie with green apples & walnuts
  • Inside-out caramel apple bites with goat cheese & dried cranberries
  • Shrimp salad canapes with cucumber cup
  • Warm crab & artichoke dip
  • Chocolate cups with fresh berries and lemon cream

 Phone (805) 256-6006 or email us.


Four Brix Winery (Directions)
2290 Eastman Ave., 109
Ventura, CA 93003

Fall Pick Up Party

Halloween has quickly turned into a big excuse to throw a themed party! Whether it’s moms doing something spooky for their kids and friends, teens using a fancy dress party as an excuse to use their scannable fakes for alcohol and have a good time with mates, or adults making the most of the holiday’s joy — Halloween is the perfect time to get together! And we’re not complaining, there is a buzz and warm glow at Four Brix Winery. The seasons are changing and activity in the cellar is also evolving. Kids are back to school and we are back to work making wine as Harvest has arrived in the BrixHouse. All the magical things that make the winery a place of wonder are upon us. It is also the season of ghosts, goblins, and witches brew here in the cellar, so we are busy brewing another fantastic Pick Up Party for you.

Our spooky party will have 3 new releases that makes Four Brix unique:
The much-anticipated 2010 Porteau
2010 Rhondezvous
2010 Scosso


Now for the Details

Who : You and one guest $10 each (each additional guest $20 per person)

What: Includes food stations provided by LooHoo’s Catering & wine sampling

Where: Four Brix Winery 2290 Eastman Avenue, Cellar 109, Ventura


  • Thursday October 25th 6-9pm
  • Saturday October 27th 6-9pm
  • Sunday October 28th 3-6pm

Why: Because as a fellow BrixHead, we want to celebrate 2012 Harvest, and share our new fall release wines with you. It is also your opportunity to pick up your wine shipment. If you are unable to attend any of the Pick Up Parties, you have November 11th to pick up your club shipment. Unclaimed wines will start shipping on November 12th.

How: No later than October 22nd.

Costumes are most definitely encouraged
(It’s Four Brix! Of course we will be in costume.)

RSVP is Closed please Phone (805) 256-6006 or email us.

Cheers from the Family at
Four Brix Winery (Directions)
2290 Eastman Ave., 109
Ventura, CA 93003

Vintner Chef Dinner

November 8

Dinner in the Four Brix Lounge.  Thurs, Nov 8, 6:30-9pm.  Join us for an intimate dinner where you can chat with Chef Steven Stroh and Winemaker Gary Stewart.


6:00 – 6:30

FULL PESTO BAR Start evening with pestos and bread, featuring 4 pesto flavors and locally made fresh bread


  • Roasted Seasonal Squash Salad with a Flash-Fried Corn and Black Bean Vinegarette.  
  • Portabello and Wilted Spinach Fettucini with chicken, lightly toseed in a Basil Cream Sauce
  • Pumpkin Spiced Cream topped with Dutch Crumble and White Chocolate Drizzle.

$50 for Brix Head Members
$55 for non-members
Includes wine tasting to start and wines with each course. 

*Limited to 30 guests.

 Call 805-256-6006 or email



Four Brix Winery (Directions)
2290 Eastman Ave., 109
Ventura, CA 93003

Guest Chef Adrien Nieto

April 14th

Guest Chef Adrien Nieto from FOX MasterChef

Four Brix Winery is very proud to bring our first Vintner & Chef Dinner. Our Vintner, Gary Stewart, met Adrien Nieto sometime ago, and they instantly made a connection. They both share a passion for bringing the best their trades have to offer to Ventura, and that is why Gary asked Adrien to work with him on the first Vintner & Chef Dinner. “Adrien is constantly working on his art and never seems to tire on his quest for perfection.”, says Gary. “When someone finds their passion it is no longer work”.

Adrien was the runner-up from last season’s MasterChef but won the hearts of America. His natural flare for brightly-colored dishes made with a sense of self spoke loudly to the peoples’ choice. The sense of self comes from his grandmother who was his idol growing up and taught Adrien to create with food. “My grandmother was my first cooking inspiration! I always think of her hands when I’m cooking.”, says Adrien. He has been busy for the last year and has started his catering company affectionately named ‘…Cruda…’

Dinner will be served at 6:00pm on April 14th and you will be the guest of Gary and Adrien as they join you at the table.  Seating will be limited to 40 people.  Here is a link to the menu for the evening that Adrien and Gary call ‘Taming the Wild’

Five Course Course Dinner seating will be $80 for Members
and $90 for Non-Members.

For reservations please email or call 805-256-6006.

Four Brix Winery (Directions)
2290 Eastman Ave., 109
Ventura, CA 93003

Watch the Final Episode from MasterChef Season 2 with Adrien Nieto

Valentine ‘n Wine event pours on love at area tasting rooms

Smitten. Temptress. Zeductive.

These and other appropriately named blends will be poured by Four Brix Winery of Ventura at Valentine ‘n Wine, a three-day event designed to woo people to area wineries by offering a sweetheart deal on tasting fees.

Seven wineries in Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura will participate in the promotion, which will run from Friday to Sunday.

Passports good for tastes at each location are $45 per person or $35 to $40 if bought in conjunction with a hotel package or in advance at Regular tasting fees are $10 or more per location.

“With the romantic names of our wines, we definitely fit in with the Valentine’s Day theme,” said Karen Stewart, Four Brix’s director of operations.

So does the winery itself. Stewart’s husband, Gary Stewart, is the winemaker, and the Stewarts are one of three Simi Valley-based couples who own the winery and help create of its vintages.

During Valentine ‘n Wine, the Stewarts and company will pour tastes of Smitten, a viognier-marsanne blend; Temptress, a blend of tempranillo, mourvedre and Grenache; and Zeductive — zinfandel and petite sirah — along with Rhondezvous, a French-inspired blend of Grenache, syrah and mourvedre.

“And for the Italians, there is Scosso,” Karen Stewart said, referring to the winery’s Super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon and merlot.

Cheeses and locally made Chef Stroh’s Pestos will be available for tasting with the wines, Stewart said.

Now in its third year, Valentine ‘n Wine is organized by the Ventura County Winery Association.

It is the first year that Four Brix will participate on its home turf. Previously in operation at a custom crush facility in Paso Robles, the winery last year offered its tastings at a wine bar in Thousand Oaks.

When it moved into an industrial park complex at 2290 Eastman Ave. in September, Four Brix became the first full-scale winery and tasting room to open in Ventura since the owners of Leeward Winery retired and closed up shop in 2007.

Also returning to Valentine ‘n Wine this year are the Camarillo wineries Bella Victorian Vineyard, which has a tasting room and bistro at 2135 E. Ventura Blvd.; Camarillo Custom Crush, a working winery and tasting room at 300 S. Lewis Road, Suite C; Cántara Cellars, a working winery and tasting room at 126 Wood Road, Suite 104; and San Vicente Cellars, a working winery and tasting room at 537 Constitution Ave., Suite D.

Oxnard wineries participating in the passport event are Herzog Wine Cellars, a working winery, tasting room and restaurant at 3201 Camino del Sol; and Magnavino Cellars, a working winery and tasting room at 961 N. Rice Ave., Suite 5.

Each will offer “flights” of five wines. Many of the participating wineries also will offer food pairings, live entertainment and special prices on bottle and case purchases.

Lisa McKinnon, VC Star

Girls Night Out

Holiday Shopping November 2 & 3

We are introducing Baubles to celebrate the Wine & Shop Boutique at Four Brix Winery!  The holidays are upon us and it’s time to get shopping.  With a glass of Baubles in hand, you can enjoy the wares, tastes and fashions of 12 vendors!

Stella & Dot, a boutique style jewelry featured in all the fashion magazines and worn by celebrities.  Fabulous gifting ideas for women and girls.  Over 50% of the line is under $50!

Chef Stroh’s Pestos, a local producer of amazing pestos & meat rubs

Partylite Candlesperfect gift source

LA Wine Accessories, an assortment of wine-themed items

Vom Fass, purveyor of specialty oils, vinegars & more

Ecowrist Watches, functional, wearable art

Gracie’s Closeta luxury dog boutique featuring that special bling for your pampered pet

Sarah’s Super Sheets, 1500 thread count sheets

Gigi Hill, bags for work, play, on the go

Izzie & Allie, children’s boutique

Anna’s Holiday Boutique, just in time for the holidays

Pampered Chef. kitchen & home products.

The Ladies of Four Brix will be your hosts this weekend with the first pour of Baubles!  You will not want to miss this weekend.

Stop by Friday, November 2nd 4-8pm or Saturday, November 3rd 12-5pm.  Tastings, wine by the glass, cheese & pesto plates will be available.  Let’s celebrate the holidays early!


Four Brix Winery (Directions)
2290 Eastman Ave., 109
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 256-6006


Four Brix Winery & Tasting Room

Four Brix Winery hits the “sweet” spots of great wine in Ventura, CA

 Orange County Restaurant Examiner November 27, 2011 – Like this? Subscribe to get instant updates.
Grapes in the fermentation process.
 It all started back in 2004 when 3 families (The Simonsgaards, Stewarts, and Noonans) were making home and hobby wines with their friends and family. Eventually, they decided to share their winemaking experience with others and formed Four Brix Winery, named for their four favorite “sweet” spots for growing grapes – France, Spain, Italy, and California. Gary and Karen Stewart were on hand during our visit to Four Brix Winery. Gary knows a lot about wine, winemaking, and the history of wine. It’s really amazing how much he knows and you can taste the enthusiasm in the wine he makes. Since our visit was during the fermentation process, we were allowed to “punch down” the grapes in the fermentation vats and smell the fermentation in full swing. The aroma is wonderful!

Let’s take a look at the blends that Four Brix Winery offers:

Smitten 2010 is light gold in color and is a perfect blend of Viognier and Marsanne. Crisp and light in the mouth, the floral aroma has hints of peaches from Viogner. The finish has the essence of green apple and slight mineral taste from Marsanne.

Roseo 2010 is a blend of Grenache and Zinfandel. It has a bright raspberry color, intense fruit flavors of strawberry and watermelon, yet is made in the French Provence style, completely dry, well-structured and balanced with a lingering finish. This is a great sipping wine. Thumbs up, way up!

Temptress 2008 is a blend of Tempranillo, Mourvedre, Grenache, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel. It begins with a light earthiness and then moves into mocha with a hint of strawberry. The tannins from the Tempranillo are soft and emerge into cocoa with some dark cherry, tobacco leaves, and a bit of raspberry. The after taste is bold; reminiscent of fresh baked bread in a warm hearth.

Scosso 2009 is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. It has a ruby color with a bouquet that opens up more and more as you indulge. It drinks well now and has enough tannins to age for years. There is richness on the front end and the viscosity evokes a feeling of heavy creaminess like cream soda without the carbonation. The finish has a touch of blackberries and will last all night. This has a very smooth yet spicy end. This is great for sipping paired with some good cheese. Thumbs up, way up!

Rhondezvous 2009 is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Counoise. It has a medium-ruby color. The nose is a combination of black cherries and tobacco. The full-bodied depth is rich in black cherries and vanilla with hints of raspberries and nutmeg. There are solid tannins to carry it through more aging, if you can wait. I found it to be bold and spicy with a strong aroma.

Plan for a full day or weekend up in Ventura and make Four Brix Winery one of your stops. It is part of the Ventura County Wine Trail. There are also shopping options like the Camarillo Premium Outlets and attractions like Ronald Reagan Library to keep you busy.


Savings Tip:

  • Become a Brix Head! Free membership with 2-shipment minimum, Choice of 4 or 6 bottles in each shipment (twice annually), 15% discount on all wine and merchandise all the time, 20% discount on case purchases (including mixed cases), Complimentary tasting of one flight for yourself and up to 4 guests, Invitations to Brix Head-only events, and Pick-up Parties for members to pick up their shipments. See the Brix Head page for more details:


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Four Brix Winery
2290 Eastman Ave Ste 109
Ventura, CA 93003-7796
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