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

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

By Raven West 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, […]

Do you want to live in a pre-industrial world?

Do you want to live in a pre-industrial world?

By Michael Greer Our President said the climate agreement/treaty in Paris is the “best chance to save the planet”…by reducing CO2 to pre-industrial levels. You must, first, assume man COULD destroy the planet, which I don’t. The very same people who tell us man is no more significant than an ant, also tell us man […]

Ventura County Garden Club Rings Bells and Carols

Ventura County Garden Club Rings Bells and Carols

By Sheryl Hamlin It was standing room only for the 91st Holiday Potluck of the Ventura County Garden Club (VCGC) when more than sixty members and guests enjoyed festive holiday recipes, such as turkey casserole, spicy meatballs, cabbage and mandarin salad and endless desserts. The highlight of the meeting was the performance by the Bardsdale […]

Ventura County Garden Club: Water Wise Gardening at Hansen

Ventura County Garden Club: Water Wise Gardening at Hansen

The Ventura County Garden Club walked through the ever changing plantings at the Hansen Agricultural Center. The Master Gardeners who volunteer at the Hansen have been focusing on water wise gardening examples. Our tour guide stressed that “water wise” does not mean overwatering. They experienced losses in areas with thrice weekly watering, so replanted and […]

A California Gem: Hozy’s Grill: Cars, Food and Wine

A California Gem: Hozy’s Grill: Cars, Food and Wine

By Sheryl Hamlin Often known as “holy week”, the apex of cars, food and wine in Monterey County, from which we had just returned, was a perfect segue for the grand re-opening of Hozy’s Grill in Santa Paula, California. Hidden in an industrial park in a farming community, Hozy’s Grill channels the same ambiance and […]

Tequila, Taco Beer Margaritas, Music and More!

Tequila, Taco Beer Margaritas, Music and More!

  Inclement weather could not dampen the spirits of the attendees of the 3rd Annual Tequila & Taco Music Festival held at The Collection at Riverpark in Oxnard. Throughout the day, the crowd of more than 7,000 was entertained by live musicians Zeal Levin, FOREVERLAND, and The Bomb and there was plenty of room to […]

RAVEN WEST’S HEARD IT ON THE GRAPEVINE: 29th Annual Ojai Wine Festival–June 14, 2015,12-4 pm @ Lake Casitas.

RAVEN WEST’S HEARD IT ON THE GRAPEVINE: 29th Annual Ojai Wine Festival–June 14, 2015,12-4 pm @ Lake Casitas.

By Raven West From its humble beginning in 1987, ambulance the Ojai Wine Festival has grown into a leading regional event attracting about 5,000 people from throughout the central coast and southern California. The festival has played a role in introducing people to the bounty of Ojai, which has been named by Sunset Magazine as […]

Raven West’s Heard on the Grapevine: Labyrinth Winery Celebrates Their 2nd Year Anniversary!

Raven West’s Heard on the Grapevine: Labyrinth Winery Celebrates Their 2nd Year Anniversary!

By Raven West The Labyrinth Winery tasting room in Ventura is celebrating their 2nd year anniversary with a weekend of wine and song! From Friday, healing May 1 – Sunday May 3, order owners Eddie and Stephanie Schwartz and wine maker Ariki (Rick) Hill, will be pouring their new releases; a 2012 Pinot Noir – […]

Feelin’ Groovy at BlendZ Winery: Heard It On The Grapevine–What’s up, What’s hot, Ventura County’s Local Wineries

Feelin’ Groovy at BlendZ Winery: Heard It On The Grapevine–What’s up, What’s hot, Ventura County’s Local Wineries

              If you’re looking for a place where you can “let it all hang out” then you’ll feel right at home at BlendZ Winery in Ventura. The newest, hippiest, trippin’ hang-out opened their doors on December 3rd, 2014 to the delight of Baby Boomers and Boomer wannabees everywhere. “Gary […]

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