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Members Fall Party


Join the BrixHeads for a tribute night of music from the “Man in Black”…featuring The Walking Phoenixes playing both nights.   Prepare to enter the BrixHouse – transformed into Folsom Prison — and party with fellow BrixHead inmates.

In addition to tasting some new releases, as a special treat, we will be WALKING THE LINE to barrel sample our Syrah from three different barrels: American Oak, French Oak, and Hungarian Oak! 

Friday, May 1st: 6:30-9:30pm SOLD OUT
Saturday, May 2nd: 6:30-9:30pm SOLD OUT

  • 6:30-8:00        Open wine tasting at all bars ($5 glasses thereafter)
  • 7:30-8:30         Dinner served
  • 7:30-9:00         The Walking Phoenixes concert

Come dressed in stripes or in tribute to the Man in Black and enjoy your favorite Four Brix wines while dancing to The Walking Phoenixes

The Walking Phoenixes

$35pp for members (for 2 people maximum).  Additional guests are $45.  Special collector’s logo glass included.

This event is SOLD OUT for both nights,  Please contact us if you would like to be added to the waiting list.
Phone 805-256-6006 or

Karen, Gary, Tracy, Barry, LP, and Jim

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.

Vines, canines at center of Ventura County winemaking effort

OJAI, Calif. – Ed Guerra’s vineyard in Upper Ojai isn’t going to the dogs. It’s already there.

Flashing a paw-print tattoo on his left wrist, Guerra pointed out the highlights while leading a tour of the 4 1/2-acre site he owns with wife Debbie Guerra.

It started with a visit to the larger-than-life metal sculpture of a dog. Purchased in memory of Sara, the couple’s beloved rescue Finnish Spitz, the sculpture stands at the border between their yard and the vineyard. Its nose points to the 4,200 vines arranged in neat rows on the steep, sun-baked hillside below.

Later, while driving a 4-wheel-drive truck past a protective berm of boulders to get a closer look at the vines, Guerra mentioned that some of the proceeds from sales of the grapes will go to the humane society.

“We love animals. Dogs in particular,” he said.

Continue reading.

Article written by Lisa McKinnon, Ventura County Star

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


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

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