Ojai Wine Ventures

I was curious about Ojai as many years ago I watched the “Brothers and Sisters” show on Sunday nights with Calista Flockhart,  Sally Field, and Rob Lowe. There were references made to Ojai. As I was making a trip out that way, I thought it might be interesting to take a visit there en route to Santa Barbara
It was a hot day – over 95 degrees and I decided to stay within the downtown area. Next time, I’ll venture further out. My first stop was the Ojai Vineyard.
I did a tasting and started with the  2017 Sauvignon Blanc from the Santa Ynez Valley, McGinley Vineyard. Nice and bright with fresh green apple and refreshing acidity.
I tried the 2016 Riesling and the 2016 Pinot Noir from Kick On Ranch. This vineyard is known for its cooler foggy mornings that helps to create that crispness in the wines. The 2016 Riesling was zippy – a crisp dry wine, no residual sugar with lots of balance and a lasting finish. I enjoyed the earthiness and nice balance of the the 2016 Pinot Noir.  The 2017 Grenache Santa Rita Hills was also earthy, with  hints of blackberry and spice. The 2015 Syrah Santa Maria Valley tasted of concentrated blackberry, a little smoky and peppery.
I ventured down the street and down the steps to the Majestic Oak Vineyard.

The attentive friendly service, comfortable ambience with a shady outdoor patio was appreciated. You are welcome to bring your own food with you so I brought some cheese and crackers with me to enjoy with my wine.  I really enjoyed the  2018 Pinot Gris. Very fresh with an aroma and taste of stone fruit peaches. The 2018 Rose made from Grenache  grapes was my favorite and I bought a bottle home. Lovely light pink with an aroma and taste of grapefruit and strawberries.  The 2014 Pinot Noir is made with no irrigation, so concentrated fruit with a hint of pepper.

My next stop was the Point de Chêne wine shop that features  mainly natural wines with a widely diverse and unique selection. This family run store has French, Italian, Spanish, and other locales featured and also includes a  local selection. I enjoyed La Ferme Rouge, a rosé from Morocco!
You can taste wine, beer and cider here at the tasting bar which is centrally located in the shop.
I also enjoyed some time at Bart’s outdoor bookstore, and a delicious French/Lebanese inspired dinner at Ojai rotie.