Wine Tasting in Ojai
While we were in Ventura, CA last week we managed to make the 25 minute drive to Ojai to taste some wine. The first winery tasting room that we visited was The Ojai Vinyard (read that blog here) and the second tasting room was the Casa Barranca Organic Winery.

Casa Barranca Winery
The winery is located in the Ojai Valley region of California in the Pratt House, a National Historic Landmark. Designed in 1909 Casa Barranca is the first certified organic winery in the Ojai Valley and the Santa Barbara region. However due to some land by-laws wine tasting is not permitted on site at the winery. The winery has a tasting room located on the main drag right in downtown Ojai.

Wines From the Casa Barranca Organic Winery
On this day we tasted a total of five wines, one white and four red.

First up was the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Evergreen Vineyard – Santa Barbara County ($20.00). We quite liked this white wine as a great sipper with rich melon tastes and a hint of pear. At the price this wine could be enjoyed often.

Next up was the 2010 Pinot Noir, Arroyo Grande Valley Clone 115 ($35.00). Rich raspberry taste and a nice bright red colour made this one a favourite as well.

The third taste was the 2010 Merlot, Harmon Vineyard – Santa Barbara County ($20.00). It was dark red in colour with hints of apple in the taste. Didn’t love it, but didn’t hate it.

For the fourth wine we tasted the 2010 Estate Red, Ventura County ($15.00/375ml). This wine was only available in the 375ml bottle and is a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache grapes. Going in I didn’t think we would like this wine as it was discribed as a “house” type wine. But with a medium red colour and hints of plum and blueberries we really enjoyed the flavours.

Finally we tasted the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, French Camp Vineyard – Paso Robles ($25.00). Cherry flavours with rich tannin colours made this wine a nice taste, but we felt it was a bit young and could stay in the bottle longer before tasting it again.

Our Purchases
So after our tasting we ended up purchasing the Pinot Noir and the Estate Red. Now to get them home to Canada to enjoy another time.

Jeff & Tara Ciecko of CK Golf Solutions write two blogs on their website, one is their 19th Hole Blog where they share personal experiences and the Biz Blog where they share business best practices and golf industry related opinions. They have owned CK Golf Solutions for 5 years and provide marketing, social media and business services to the golf and other industries.