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California Love: Your SoCal Getaway Guide

Wine Enthusiast

Escape the urban confines of Los Angeles or San Diego by overnighting at one of these three great destinations. BY MATT KETTMANN

Four Brix Winery in Ventura, CA.
Four Brix Winery in Ventura, CA.

For the more than 20 million people who live in and around Los Angeles and San Diego, it’s never been easier to slip away for an overnight adventure that combines good eats, great drinks and stylish settings. From the reinvigorated wine country of Temecula and the trend-setting desert landscape of Palm Springs to the hip craft-brew vibes of Ventura and Ojai, here’s your cheat sheet to make your brief SoCal getaway as indulgent as possible.  Continue reading here.

Around the World Menu


“Around the World” at Four Brix Winery.  Join us for our uber-popular annual dinner event.  July 11, 6:30pm, Saturday.  Four dinner stations featuring foods and wine paying tribute to:  France, Italy, Spain and California plus a finishing sweet stop.  Catered by a very popular caterer- ABC prohibits us disclosing who it is but be assured, the food will be amazing!




Jacques Pepin’s Chicken, Sausage and Cannellini Bean “Cassoulet”

– 2012 “Meritage” Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon –


Penne Pesto Pasta with Roasted tomatoes, summer vegetables & Pecorino cheese

– 2011 “Scosso” Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot –


Tortilla Espanola- Traditional Potato, Ham & Egg “Tortilla” with roasted red peppers and olives

– 2011 “Temptress” Tempranillo, Grenache, Mourvedre –


Grilled Tri Tip with Horseradish Sauce. Roasted Red Potatoes with Fresh Herbs.

– 2011 Petite Sirah Russian River, Sonoma –


Light bites to enjoy with 2011 Porteau- Grenache wine fortified with brandy

Blending Party


Sat, March 14, 3-5:30pm in the Barrel Room.

Bring those wine-making skills to the BrixHouse — our Blending Party is back!  Join Winemaker Gary as he guides you through blending a few varietals to create our special member-made Brix Mix.   This year’s Blending Party will get those competitive juices flowing as each table will be tasked with creating a blend to submit for tasting by some VIP judges who will select the best blend for bottling!  Winning blend will be our next 2013 Brix Mix!  You could have the honor of Top Blender.

VIP Judges


Lisa Stoll is one of our local Sommeliers in Ventura and a huge supporter of the local wine scene.  Lisa also is an expert tour guide with Explore Wines servicing most of the Central Coast.  Lisa is a member of Court of Master and Guild of Sommelier, along with a level 3, International Advanced Certification from the prestigious Wine and Spirits Education Trust.


Chef Candace Hilger is a local favorite on the food scene in the Central Coast.   Candace has a great wine palette and we often use her to help us with final blending on our wines.


Lisa McKinnon is our local food scene reporter.  A longtime staff writer for the Ventura County Star who’s on Facebook as VCS Eats and on  Twitter and Instagram as 805foodie.  Let’s see what Lisa has to say about your Blend!

$50 Members; $60 Non-members.  Very Limited seating.
Sorry this event is Sold Out.
Price includes a future bottle of 2013 Brix Mix, and light appetizers at the tables.

Four Brix Spring Party 2014


BrixHeads, it’s that time again for another pick up party and wine shipment… did we mention party?!  Four Brix Winery wants to Rock & Roll all night and Party everyday!  So we decided to rock & roll at our next bash.  Wear your most rad concert shirt or your totally awesome 80’s outfit, or just come as yourself.  However you dress be ready to dance to music from the 1950’s to 1980’s!  So get up a our band will be sure to get you on your feet.  Dinner to be catered by Tim Kilcoyne of Scratch Gourmet.

Pick a date & sign up. 

  • May 16, 6:30-9:30pm SOLD OUT
  • May 17, 6:30-9:30pm  SOLD OUT
  • May 18, 2:00-5:00pm SOLD OUT

Party Schedule

  • First Hour: Tastings of new releases and appetizers
  • Special Tasting:  The making of Zeductive
  • Final Hours:  Dinner, music and wine by the glass ($5 per glass) – make your wine club selection

Release parties always sell out, so purchase yer tickets right away – RSVP Here! $15 per person for wine club members (two people per membership) and $25 per person for guests. Refunds are not available.

What if you can’t Rock & Roll with us?  You can pick up your wine at the winery May 16- June 1 during our regular BrixHouse hours.  After June 1, we will ship to those of you who live out of the area.  For our locals, we will process credit cards and hold your wine until you are able to stop in the BrixHouse and pick up.

Wine shipment consists of:
4 bottle:  2011 Petite Sirah, 2011 Scosso, 2011 Temptress, 2012 Smitten (all red will include 2010 Rhondezvous instead of Smitten)
6 bottle:  2011 Petite Sirah, 2011 Scosso, 2011 Temptress, 2012 Smitten, 2010 Rhondezvous, 2010 Temptress (all red will include 2011 Rhondezvous instead of Smitten).

We can’t wait for our next party with our BrixHeads!

Around the World



Back by popular demand! The BrixHeads are thrilled to bring back this food and wine pairing event.  We have partnered with Chef Steve Stroh, Executive Chef of The Kitchen, to bring you an evening of worldly food and wine.

At the BrixHouse, you will travel to the Rhone Valley of France to enjoy our Rhondezvous, a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, paired with cheeses and artisan breads.  Our white Rhone wine, Desirous, will also be poured.  From France, you will travel to the Tuscan region of Italy.  Sip on our Super Tuscan Sangiovese, Scosso, while enjoying Chef Steve’s Italian cuisine.  Next stop is the Rioja region of Spain.  Be tempted by our Spanish Temptress paired with a culinary treat.  Finally, come back to California and enjoy our popular Zeductive, a zinfandel and petite sirah blend, partnered with West Coast cuisine.

A night of world travel and culinary delight in the BrixHouse awaits!


Around the World tickets $50 for BrixHead Members – $60 for Non-Members
Saturday, August 10th 6-9 pm


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

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

Lost Canyons Friday Night Dinner & Music June 10th – Sept. 30th

Back by popular demand will be the Lost Canyons Friday Night Dinner’s with live music and Four Brix Wine.  Special Friday Night menu including the very popular Pasta Bar will be a great compliment to Four Brix, a local Ventura County Winery. Live Music allows us to relax during the perfect summer night evenings over-looking the grand vistas of Santa Susana Mountains. Entertainment starts on the the first Friday in June and will follow every Friday through September.

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