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WINE

Let's Talk Wine
updated: Jun 18, 2011, 11:08 AM

By Eric Garnier

Recently I was tasting wine at one of the tasting rooms on the Ventura Wine Trail. When I asked the owner where I could buy his wine, I was informed that there were few establishments in the area that sold their wines. That put me on a quest to find the shops and restaurants that supported these family run wineries.

The Ventura Wine Trail is represented by several wineries from Malibu to Ojai. Going to the wineries to taste the wines is always a fun thing to do, especially with summer just around the corner and many wineries open longer hours. Some wineries also allow picnics, while others have music on certain nights. This is the best way to taste all of the wine from the Wine Trail.

Many of these wineries are closed during the week and only open weekends. So, if you don't have any of these wines at home ready to open and drink, the question comes up as to where you can buy or have their wines.

With just over 3000 producing wineries in California, it is very hard for retailers, restaurants and wine bars to pick a selected few that they can carry. In this article, I have tried to narrow down where our local wines are served in the Ventura area. Each of the establishments listed below carry some variety from the Wine Trail. This list is always changing and I am sure that I left someone off the list. So, next time you are going out for a nice meal or need to buy a bottle, check out these establishments...

Wine Bars:

The Wine Rack (Formerly Weaver Wines) - 14 S. California St, Ventura (805) 653-9463
Andres Wine and Tapas Bar - 1575 Spinnaker Dr, Ventura (805) 642-9463
Barrel 33 (Formerly Wine Lovers) - 1067 E. Thompson Blvd, Ventura (805) 652-1810
My Florist Wine Café & Bar - 76 South Oak St, Ventura (805) 653-0011
Suzanne's - 502 W. Ojai Ave, Ojai (805) 640-1961


Retailers:

Wades Wines - 30961 W. Agoura Rd, Ste 321, Westlake Village (818) 597-9463
BevMo - 103 S. Mills Rd, Ste 103, Ventura (805) 642-7317
The Cave (also a great wine bar) - 4435 McGrath St, Ventura (805) 642-9449
Paradise Pantry - 677 E.Main St, Ventura (805) 641-9440


Restaurants:

Café Zack - 1095 E. Thompson Blvd, Ventura (805) 643-9445
Safire - 4850 Santa Rosa Rd, Camarillo (805) 389-1227
Candle Light - 211 E Santa Clara St, Ventura (805) 643-3264
Café Firenze - 563 W. Los Angeles Ave, Moorpark (805) 532-0048
Café Fiore - 66 South California St, Ventura (805 ) 653-1266
Sidecar - 3029 E. Main St, Ventura (805) 653-7433
71 Palm - 71 N. Palm St, Ventura (805) 653-7222
Tierra Sur @ Herzog - 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard (805) 983-1560
Larsen's Grill - 1555 Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley (805) 522-4800
Watermark - 598 E. Main St, Ventura 805-643-6800

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