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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 http://www.vcwines.com. 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