Holiday CHEER is Finally HERE: Lifestyle columnist Raven West tells you what’s hot for the holidays

illness times;”>By Raven West

pilule times;”>‘Tis the holiday season and what goes best with good friends and good food than GREAT wine and fantastic events? Here in Ventura County we are fortunate to have plenty of both!

dosage times;”>From Camarillo to Ventura, holiday events will be going on all through December for wine lovers to enjoy. You can also purchase specially priced holiday gifts and perhaps a birthday present or two for your favorite Sagittarian!

Winter Wine Walk

On Saturday, December 6 the Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair will be held in downtown Ventura from 4pm-7:15 pm. Info:

Winter Wine Walk is the world’s largest wine walk with over sixty tasting locations throughout Downtown Ventura showcasing world-class wines. Each participant receives a souvenir tasting cup and map of the tasting locations. Wine tasting ends at 7:15 p.m. sharp. Tickets are $50. (must be over 21).

Cowboy ChrismasAlso on Saturday, The Camarillo Ranch is hosting their 14th Annual Holiday Gala: A Cowboy Christmas with proceeds going to benefit ranch preservation and educational programming, such as the School Tour Program and the Send a Child to the Ranch Transportation Grant Program

All member wineries of the Ventura County Winery Association will be in attendance with food stations hosted by premier caterers and bakeries across Ventura County. Information:

Sat., Dec. 13, 7:30 – 9:30pm – “Rudolph The Red Knows Wine Dear, Do You? Mystery Wine Challenge” – Rancho Ventavo Cellars (741 So. A St., Oxnard). $20 Go to this site to purchase tickets:

Strey Cellars Holiday Party

Strey Cellars Holiday Party

Sun., Dec 14, 5:00-7:30pm – “Second Sunday Supper After Dark” – “All Jazzed up for the Holidays” – Plan B Wine Cellars (3520 Arundell Cir., Vta). $40 – limited seating. Call 805-233-1453 to make reservations.

Fri., Dec. 19, 6:30-9:30pm – First Annual Ugly Sweater Contest” – Strey Cellars (951 N. Rice Rd., Ox). $25 – Go to:

The Winter Solstice will be celebrated on Sunday, December 21 from 4:30pm to 9:30pm at the Ojai Foundation. Information:

hanukkah wine

Hanukkah Wine

Kosher wines, candles, dreidels and more are available at Herzog Winery in Oxnard for all eight night of Hanukkah that begins at sundown on December 16th!


From now until the end of 2014 and for many more years to come, you will have a celebration for every wine and a wine for every celebration here in Ventura County. Eat, Drink and Be Merry, but please do so responsibly!


Raven West

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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