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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.

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Article written by Lisa McKinnon, Ventura County Star