Plan B Wine Cellars–Heard It On The Grapevine–What’s up, What’s hot, Ventura County’s Local Wineries

hearditohealing times; font-size: 16px;”>By Raven West

treatment times; font-size: 16px;”>Raise your glasses high and “Toast the Train” as it passes by…the tasting room that is…at Plan B Wine Cellars in Ventura.

ambulance times; font-size: 16px;”>Marlow and Janis BargenOwners and wine makers Marlow and Janis Bargen don’t mind the ear piercing Amtrak whistle one bit and with that slogan hanging on a banner nearby, their guests don’t mind it either.

“We started bottling wine in 2010,” Janis said. “We opened our tasting room in October of 2012 and the train is as much a part of our unique character as is our name “Plan B” which is a back-up plan for what most people do at a certain ages: retire.”

Marlow calls Plan B a “working winery” in that all the characters of the wine making story come together with years of hard work, care and attention to detail. “From vineyard, to harvest, to barrel, to swirling a Petite Sirah in your glass, we bring wines we love to Ventura County, wines with character and story, made by people you can talk to.”

All the wine served at Plan B is produced on site. Rows and rows of barrels line both walls of the large tasting room. The grapes are sourced from a number of areas best suited to viticulture, ranging from Santa Barbara County to the west side of Paso Robles.

In addition to their selection of Zinfandel, Cabernet, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Valley View Syrah, and GSM; a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre bottled wines, Plan B serves wines on tap in refillable bottles!

Plan b

Plan B

“Our B-List members receive a 10% discount off their next 10 bottles, starting immediately. Once they’ve purchased 12 bottles, they will be rewarded with an additional 5% discount on all future bottles. They’ll receive exclusive first options to purchase new wines before anybody else. There’s no shipping wine when you don’t need it, no obligation to purchase any wine at all. We just want to reward your loyalty and keep you coming back. We call it the Buy What You Want When You Need It plan.”

There is plenty of fun and special events at Plan B. They recently began a Second Sunday Supper with live music, food and of course, great wine.  The tasting room is available for wedding dress rehearsal parties.

And maybe the train will whistle “Congratulations” to the happy couple as it speeds by!

Rose Fill

Rose Fill

Plan B Wine Cellars

3520 Arundell Circle #107


The winery is open for tasting Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. The tasting room is also available for private tastings & events. Call Janis at 805-233-1453



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Raven West

Raven West

Raven West

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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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