It’s “Game of Thrones” With Wine: VinTura Tasting Room & Wine Rack

By Raven West

Vintura Tasting Room & Wine Rack Owner Kristen Shubert

Sommelier and owner Kristen Shubert always had a passion for great wine, with a bit of competitive fun on the side, so when she opened VinTura Tasting Room & Wine Rack in April of this year, she not only filled the wine racks with an impressive 75 bottles of wine of every varietal, but devised a way for wine lovers to put California wines to the ultimate test.

She calls it “Wine Wars”

“Anyone can stop in and participate in the Wine War challenge,” Kristen explained. “The choices in the competition consist of a selection of tasting flights that pit three pours of one kind of wine against three of another. Every month we choose a different region to pit against California. So far our State’s wines have competed against selections from Spain, France, Australia, New Zealand, and Italy. The guests make their selection and cast their vote on our chalk wall. It’s all in great fun, but no, there aren’t any dragons!”

Painting and Pinot

Wine Wars is just one of the many unique events you can find at VinTura Tasting Room & Wine Rack.

From wine and pairing tastings hosted by wine makers and local chefs to a creative Painting and Pinot event to an educational Italian Wine Tasting Seminar and celebrating Oktoberfest with  German Beer Tasting led by world renowned German beer expert Mark Gerlach and authentic German Pretzels, German Pate, and flavored mustards. VinTura Tasting Room & Wine Rack is a daily plethora of great adventure.

For music enthusiasts, there is live entertainment Thursday through Sunday featuring professional musicians such as Burleigh Drummond, the

75 Bottles of Wine on Rack

original founder of the band AMBROSIA, Rich Sheldon,  Paul Mars Black, and Sheldon & Cunnane among others.

Eating, drinking, painting, singing, dancing with a choice of 62 wines that can be purchased by the glass, there is never a dull moment at VinTura Tasting Room & Wine Rack.

Even without the dragons!

VinTura Tasting Room & Wine Rack
14 S California Street
Ventura CA 93001

805-653-WINE (9463)


Tuesday – Thursday 2-10 pm

Friday 2 pm – Midnight

Saturday Noon – Midnight
Sunday:  Noon – 6 pm

Closed Monday

For more information, visit: VinTura Tasting Room & Wine Rack

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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.Named in the TOP 50 Authors by

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