Articles – Page 2 – Four Brix Winery
© Copyright 2008-2021
Four Brix Winery
mobile logo

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

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

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:


For more information:

Four Brix Winery
2290 Eastman Ave Ste 109
Ventura, CA 93003-7796
Continue reading on Four Brix Winery hits the “sweet” spots of great wine in Ventura, CA – Anaheim restaurant |

How many Brix? Four Brix, of Course!

Hoot ‘n Annie visit Four Brix

On our way to Newport Beach recently, we stopped in Ventura to see Hoot’s Twitter buddy Gary Stewart of Four Brix Winery. This was our first time meeting him in real life, along with his wife Karen. We were fortunate to get a tour of their new tasting room and winery facility, which opened just one weekend before we arrived. The location is actually pretty awesome, it’s an industrial area but we have to say, they have done an outstanding job with the tasting room…it’s actually a place we would love to hang out and enjoy a glass or two if we lived closer.

Of course, we had to taste the wines…right?? Well, we did taste them, and we were quite happy about it! It was great hearing Gary talk about each wine, where the grapes were from, and how they were made as we tasted through.

A side note here, from Hoot: I am constantly amazed at the power of social media. So many people disregard it, and even talk negatively about it…but I have met so many amazing people via Twitter and Facebook. Some of those people I have ended up meeting in person, like Gary of Four Brix, and others I have not met in person yet; but you know what…these people have added to my life! I have learned from them, I have gained friendships, and I wouldn’t trade any of that for anything else. Be sure to follow Four Brix on Twitter and Facebook!

And a side note from Annie: We found Four Brix by following our GPS, Madge (Magellan) through an industrial area of Ventura and wound up at this awesome place tucked back in the other warehouses. It’s just one of those places that draws you in when you walk through the door! Then, as we spent a few minutes talking to Gary and hearing the story of how he, his wife and two other couples started the winery after their travels together. They’ve spent time all over the place, seeking out great wine; in France, Spain, Italy, and of course, California! They call these the four sweet spots, hence the name “Four Brix”, brix being about the sugar content in the grapes. It was awesome to meet people that are passionate about wine, and the fact that they source a lot of their fruit from little old Paso Robles put them even closer to our hearts! Cheers, guys! You’re doing an incredible job!


Harvest 2011

Four Brix Winery, part of the Ventura County Winery Association, celebrates Harvest at its urban winery and tasting room.

Ventura County wine lovers have an excuse to sip and celebrate harvest at Ventura’s only full-fledged winery and tasting room. Harvest is in full gear at the winery and you can enjoy some wine will watching the crew work in the back on the coming 2011 vintage.

Four Brix Winery & Tasting Room
2290 Eastman Ave. #109, Ventura, CA 93003
Open to the public; Wine Tastings $10

Local art displayed throughout Grand Opening weekend. Light hors d’oeuvres, cheese plates, and charcuterie available for purchase. No reservations required. More information email us.

Four Brix Winery
Noonan, Simonsgaard, and Stewart Family’s

Meet Our New Home

Four Brix Winery is proud to call the City of San Buenaventura the city of our future home. The City is rich in history starting with Mission San Buenaventura in 1782, and today has become one of the premiere vacation areas along the California Coast.

The City has a vibrant Downtown District full of fine shopping, art galleries, and great restaurants. In fact, a few wine bars have already started featuring our wines, including Paradise Pantry. And let us not forget the beaches famous for surfing, fishing, or just relaxing in the warm sun along the California Central Coast.

Highlighted by several festivals during the year, Ventura is the host city for Westside ArtWalk, the Ventura County Fair, and the Parade of Lights at Ventura Harbor.

Such an impressive City, the Brix Heads are thrilled that the City has approved our request to open a processing and tasting room in the heart of Ventura. Located at 2290 Eastman Avenue, 109, Ventura, CA 93003, we plan to combine our tasting room and production facility under one roof. This area is already home to Ventura Wine Company/The Cave, and just recently, Surf Brewery. Our hope is to add to the already popular culture of the area by providing tours of our processing facility, including barrel sampling of wines before they are bottled and released, and pouring our current release vintages in our tasting room.

The Brix Heads are ecstatic about this next chapter for Four Brix! Please sign up on our mailing list for the announcement of our Grand Opening in San Buenaventura California.

Noonan, Simonsgaard, and Stewart Families