Let's Talk Wine with Eric Garnier
October 2011

Ventura gets on the Wine map!


The city of Ventura now has it's own winery! Four Brix Winery in now Ventura's only working winery, with a tasting room.

I was fortunate to go to their media opening last Friday. More than 75 folks showed up for their pre-opening festivities. Members from the City government, media, and close friends helped make the soire so much fun.


Four Brix was started a few years ago. The four founding families from Simi Valley were previously making their wines at a custom crush facility in Paso Robles and Four Brix teamserving their wines at the Wineyard in Thousand Oaks. Starting this week, they will be crushing, barreling and bottling their wines right here in beautiful Ventura. The tasting room will be open Fridays from 4-8pm and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5pm.

I must say that I really enjoyed the wines I tasted. The Smitten was a Rhone blend of marsanne and viognier. The Rhondevous was a Rhone style blend of syrah, mourvedre, and grenache. The Grenache rose was dry and outstanding. Other wines are being released in the next few weeks.

Also new in Ventura and worth mentioning is Surf Brewery. Although I generally keep this newsletter related to wine, I must include this great brewery-tasting room because once in a while we wine drinkers need to have a beer. The beer is made on premise with several styles to choose from.

Be sure to stop buy these new establishments. Check their websites for location and hours of operation. Maybe I'll see you there.
Cheers,
Eric
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