30th Annual Ojai Wine Festival

30 years, 60 wineries, 250 wines, 30 beers, gourmet Hors d'oeuvres, "Area 51" band Area 51" band ...

by Raven West

So much wine, so little time! 

For wine lovers there isn’t any event that offers a one-stop tasting of wines from all over the state than the Ojai Wine Festival. (photos by Raven West)


Overcast skies couldn’t dampen the spirits or stop the flow of spirits from more than 60 local California wineries who came together to celebrate the 30th Annual Ojai Wine Festival, presented by the Rotary Club of Ojai-West Foundation.


Members of the Lions Club of Ojai poured Tequila Los Tres Tonos in the VIP Lounge which paired delightfully with the selection of Hors d’oeuvres being served by Sakura Ojai, Ojai Deer Lodge, La Piu Bella Tavola and Whole Foods Market of Oxnard.

Adelaida Cellars Paso Robles

Area 51, Santa Barbara’s eight-piece dance band, entertained the crowd who merrily walked and danced from one winery display to another sipping more than 250 different wines and 30 premium beers.

Cantara Cellars Camarillo

Ventura county wineries were well represented. Cantara Cellars in Camarillo, Boccali Vineyards in Ojai, Plan B and Panaro Brothers in Ventura held their own amidst other wineries who traveled the distance, some more than 3 hours, to participate, giving the locals a taste of “imported” while experiencing the best of what can be enjoyed locally!

Sakura Ojai

So much wine, so little time!

Lake Casitas Wine Lovers (1)


Ojai Lion Terri Formanek

Ojai Lions’ Terri Formanek and ?

Plan B Ventura


Sabastien Noel pours a sample from Nobelle Wines

Sabastien Noel pours a sample from Nobelle Wines


Sydney Malkin serves tri-tip Ojai Deer Lodge in the VIP Lounge

Sydney Malkin serves tri-tip Ojai Deer Lodge in the VIP Lounge



Raven West

Raven West is a free-lance writer and published author who has lived in Ventura County for more than twenty years. She has an extensive knowledge of local wineries from Thousand Oaks to Ojai and will be covering special events which take place at the tasting rooms throughout the year.

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