We're so lucky in Ventura County to have such a terrific wine trail in our own backyard. My husband & I have so enjoyed an afternoon of local tasting. The people running the tasting rooms are extremely friendly & knowledgeable. We always split our tastings. Not only does this make it more affordable, but we don't drink as much, so can visit more places. I've noticed sometimes that the "pours" can be quite skimpy when you share, as I think it might irk them a little that we're not buying two. Not so much at Herzog, which is less expensive & some of the tastiest wines around. And they have a nice self guided tour you can take. Rancho Ventavo, a restored Victorian house in Oxnard is wonderful too. Cantara Cellars was very skimpy on the pours, however, the couple next to us, who each got their OWN glass got twice as much poured than we did. Magnavino is also on this trail. It looks like an industrial office on the outside but the tasting room is very cozy (& I don't mean small) & inviting. A little further up the road, on the way to Ojai, is Old Creek Vineyards. It's a very pleasant place to just stroll around. Their wine is tasty & most of the time their pours are good. I did notice one time however that while my husband & I split & got a very small pour, the two younger gals next to us got VERY generous pours. I guess it depends on who is pouring. (need I say more?) But all in all it's usually a wonderful experience & my favorite & most relaxing way to spend a weekend afternoon. Then we always end up at Eric Ericsson's on the pier for lunch/dinner. Can't wait till next time.
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