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Wine Tasting in Ventura. Who Knew?

Excerpt from Keeping the Faith Blog

I was invited to the opening of a new winery. Not one to turn down an opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine, I happily agreed to go. I planned to drive to Santa Barbara, go to the opening, and spend the night. I had the weekend planned out and was excited. I booked a hotel room and was looking forward to a mini break in wine country.

A few days before the opening I received an email reminding me about the event and saying they looked forward to seeing me in Ventura. What? Ventura? I thought perhaps they wanted to meet me in Ventura and drive together, which would not work because I was using the opening as an excuse to have a little vacation.

That is when I looked closely at the invitation and realized the winery was actually in Ventura. I had no idea there were wineries in Ventura. I was unclear about anything in Ventura actually, and had to rethink my whole plan. Ventura is less than an hour away so my weekend in Santa Barbara became a day trip to Ventura with a stop at the local outlet mall.

I did a little research online and there is a thriving wine business in Ventura. It may not be as famous as Napa, or as sexy as Santa Barbara, but it is an amazing group of people making great wine and chasing their dreams. I was looking forward to the wine, but after a little reading on the business of winemaking, I was excited to meet the people.

It was an interesting afternoon. Not only did I try wine, but spent time with the owners of the wineries. I was treated to an afternoon of learning about wine and fantastic stories about the journey from grape to glass. I can appreciate the subtle nuances between different types of wine, but never really thought about the bigger picture until now.

I started by meeting with the owners of the Four Brix Winery. The word “brix” is the term used to measure how much sugar is in grapes. The owners picked the their four “sweet spots” for wine which are California, Italy, France, and Spain, then called their company “Four Brix”. They have a great story and I was listening like a kid at storytime.

This group of friends from Ventura went on wine tours through Europe and began making wine in their garages just for themselves. During their trips abroad they became more involved in the world of wine and decided to make a go of it and start their own winery.  I tried a few of their wines and my favorite was one called “Scosso”.

I would eat Scosso popsicles it was so good. It is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. It tastes fruity and soft and would pair perfectly with an Italian meal. When I knew the story of the wine, and that it took over three years to get from vineyard to glass and more than 20 people were part of the process, it tasted better.

To sit with the wine makers amongst the barrels of wine is very cool. The barrels themselves are beautiful works of art. They’re held together by metal brackets and have no nails, which I never knew. The work it took just to carve them is amazing and to learn how they vary by region and tree is fascinating. I was hanging on every word.

After an amazing time with the owners of Four Brix, I walked next door to their newest venture, Blendz.  The best way to compare these two wineries is to say Four Brix is a handsome and sophisticated gentleman, while Blendz is a sexy, bad boy, rock star. They have partnered to start a new label and nothing about the Blendz winery is ordinary.

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Ilana Angel writes two blogs for JewishJournal.com. KEEPING THE FAITH is about her worldview as a single Jewish mother, and KEEPING IT REAL is all about reality television…. Read more

Cafe Society

“WINE TIME: On the heels of Palio di Ventura, its Italian horse race-themed “coming out” party last weekend at Lost Canyons Golf Club in Simi Valley, Four Brix Winery will launch its official Ventura County tasting room at noon today at The WineYard, a combination wine shop/wine bar in Thousand Oaks.”

When is the next Four Brix Winery Party?

Fresh off our coming out party, the question we keep getting asked is, “When is the next Four Brix Party?”  Our recent party introducing our first releases to the public sold out in 20 days.  Palio di Ventura was the theme used based upon a popular horse race in Siena.  The feedback has been great on both the party and wines.  We poured a barrel sample of our white Rhone-style wine, named Smitten, along with our first three red wines- Scosso, Zeductive and Rhondezvous.  We have been working on the next party and the only hint we can give you is that it will be a Spanish theme to commemorate the release of our Spanish-style blend, Temptress.  Our wine club members, affectionately called Brix Heads, will be the first to hear about the event, and we assure you it will be different from other wine parties you have attended.

In the meantime, we are pleased to announce the opening of our tasting room at The WineYard in Thousand Oaks.  The tasting room will be part of the Ventura County Wine Trail.  Stacey, Lisa, and Larry will be at The WineYard to help introduce you to our wines.  However, if you would like to meet one of the Four Brix team please shoot us an email and we will make every effort to stop in and meet with you.  We will also be the featured winemaker on May 20.  Stop by and see us.

Our wines are now available on-line at our web site under STORE, and also at The WineYard.  If you would like to stay in touch, please sign up on the web site under CAN NOT GET ENOUGH?!.  Of course we enjoy hearing from you on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks once again for everyone who has supported us in so many ways.

Cheers, Four Brix Winery

Briley: Four Brix Winery is new in town

“In an unimposing Simi Valley neighborhood, about a dozen families have been involved in home winemaking for many years. Three of these families recently decided to step beyond the hobby aspect of wine-making to found Four Brix Winery.  On May 20, the Simons-gaard, Stewart, and Noonan families will open the Four Brix Winery tasting room in Thousand Oaks. It will be inside the popular WineYard wine bar, next to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.”

Simi Valley Acorn

“It was about 10 years ago that one of the couples started making hobby wine. The Simonsgaards were the first to join their small neighborhood winemaking group, informally called the Indian Meadows Wine Association. From there it “mushroomed,” Lora said, with a dozen couples making the hobby wine. As a result, the cellars around the block are always full, Steve said.”

Valentine and Wine Passport Weekend

The Ventura County Winery Association is planning a special weekend for those of you looking for something to do Valentines’ Day weekend.  February 12-15 will be a Valentine ‘n’ Wine passport weekend where you can stop by one of seven wineries that weekend and be treated to some special food pairings and wine tastings.  This will be a great way to spend with your loved one and/or friends while discovering some of the great wines area Ventura County wineries have to offer.  You can visit all in one day or spread the visits out over the four day period.  Tickets are $35 and include the tastings at each winery, thereby saving nearly 50% in tasting fees.  Participating wineries are located from Camarillo to Ojai.  To purchase your tickets go to http://www.vcwines.com/valentinenwineevent.html.   Four Brix Winery isn’t able to participate this year as we haven’t bottled our wines yet.  Maybe next year you will see us at this event.  Cheers!

Wines & Vines – Southern California Wineries Open Doors

“An even newer operation, Four Brix, crushed its first 640 commercial cases last fall. Four Brix will host its inaugural public tasting April 24 at the Lost Canyons Golf Club in Simi Valley, after a “soft opening” April 7 at a Paso Robles wine bar.

The Four Brix business plan does not include a dedicated tasting room. The virtual winery is owned by three Simi Valley couples, the Simonsgaards, Stewarts and Noonans, who source grapes from many premium California growing regions and produce the wine at In Vino Veritas custom crush in Paso Robles.”