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Ojai Wine FestivalThe 29th annual Ojai Wine Festival takes place Sunday, June 14, 2015 from 12–4 pm on the shores of Lake Casitas, northwest of Los Angeles, California.

The wine tasting offers an excellent selection from 60 award-winning wineries. But the Ojai Wine festival features more than sampling vintages — there is a selection of 30 craft beers, for example, and two popular bands are playing. “Sgt. Pepper and Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries will get you moving on the dance floor and they put on a fantastic show,” says Angela May, executive director of the Ojai Wine Festival.

Visitors can also shop the arts and craft vendors or take in the beauty of the lake on a free 15-minute boat ride on the Rotary Boat.

“There is a wonderful selection of food vendors to choose from to buy a snack or yummy lunch,” May continues. “There is a huge silent auction that you can bid on to win a prized bottle of wine or winery tour and tasting.”

You can bring a picnic and a blanket from home and spread out on the grass to soak in the sun and the lovely scenic surroundings at Lake Casitas Recreation Area. “And … it’s all for a good cause, because 100% of the proceeds go to aid Rotary charitable projects in the local community and internationally,” explains May. The price of a general admission ticket is $60, the pre-sale price is $50 until June 12.

For the executive director personally, it is the Lake Casitas Recreation Area site that makes the event very special. “It is so beautiful there, and the setting is the perfect place to spend an afternoon taking wine and beer tasting or just having a fun, relaxing day.”

The VIP Lounge, a major highlight of the event, attracts spirits, wine and beer connoisseurs and foodies alike. “The grand canopy tent is set back on the lakefront with an open view to take in the natural beauty of the lake where patrons can unwind and relax,” May raves. VIPs are greeted with a sparkling glass of Barefoot Bubbly and enjoy a delectable selection of hors d’oeuvres served by Sakura Ojai Japanese, La Piu Bella Tavola Italian Catering and Whole Foods Market Oxnard. May recommends to pair your choice hors d’oeuvres with a wonderful selection of fine wines served by the glass by Ascension Cellars, Gainey Vineyard, Falcone Family Winery and Zaca Mesa Winery. If you prefer beer, try an ice-cold glass of Belgian style draft Stella Artois, Leffe or Hoegaarden served in a specially designed souvenir beer glass that brings out the unique character of each beer. For cider lovers, try a refreshing Stella Cidré. After all that food, wine or beer you can quench your thirst with Sparkling ICE waters, Hubert’s Lemonade or Jarritos sodas. And lastly, “For the ‘pièce de résistance’, sample a first-rate selection of tequilas from Tequila Los Tres Toños,” May suggests. VIP tickets are $150 on Event Day and $130 before June 12.

The Ojai Wine Festival is the annual fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Ojai West Foundation, which has raised over one-million US dollars to help fund local Rotary Ojai West projects, including supporting local schools, youth programs, a food bank, a CERT program, a student exchange program and so much more. Internationally, Rotary helps develop clean drinking water projects; fight illiteracy and polio worldwide.

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Along with our new website, we have changed the way you buy tickets for the Ojai Wine Festival online. We are using Brown Paper Tickets as our ticketing company this year. Patrons can choose between getting their tickets mailed, printing their tickets when they purchase them or downloading them on their mobile phone. We will be scanning tickets at the event entry to help entrance lines move quickly. We hope this new ticketing company will help make our event’s front end processing fast and efficient which will be a better experience for our patrons. See more information about the Ojai Wine Festival at Buy your tickets before May 1st to save! We are offering a $10 discount off the event day price of $50 on General Admission or a $25 discount off the event day price of $125 on VIP tickets. Don’t miss out on the savings! Buy your tickets now before the discount goes away on May 1st, 2014.

Nobelle Wines In The 2014 VIP Lounge

Nobelle WinesWe have a great line up of VIP Lounge wineries this year. A new winery, Nobelle Wines out of Paso Robles, CA is pouring their 2012 Cabernet Franc, Marsanne, Petite Sirah, Grenache Rose and Dessert Marsanne. Nobelle Wines specializes in small production of french varietals in the style and spirit of a small Burgundy producer. Winemaker Sébastien Noël selectively chooses specialty grapes from vineyards in Paso Robles AVA and Monterey County. He has worked for some of Paso’s finest wineries such as Justin, Sextant, Robert Hall, and Eberle. We are honored to have Nobelle Wines pouring for the Ojai Wine Festival this year. For more information about Nobelle Wines, visit

Bonny Doon Vineyard at Ojai Wine Festival

Bonny Doon VineyardThe 28th Annual Ojai Wine Festival is very excited to announce that Bonny Doon Vineyard is pouring their 2007 & 2008 Bien Nacido Syrah X Block, 2013 Albarino in the VIP Lounge.

Randall Graham, AKA “The Rhone Ranger” knows how to create excellent rhone style wines with luscious flavors that linger on the palate.

The winery is based out of Santa Cruz California and has a lovely Tasting Room. Bonny Doon Vineyard will also be pouring their 2009 Bien Nacido Syrah, X Block, 2009 Le Cigare Vplant, 2013 Vin Gris de Cigare and their 2013 Querry Cider in the Main Tasting Area of the Ojai Wine Festival. Wine lovers will have a lot to look forward to on June 8th at the Ojai Wine Festival! For more information about Bonny Doon Vineyards visit

Vino Vargas at Ojai Wine Festival

Vino VargasWe are thrilled to announce that Vino Vargas out of San Miguel, California will be pouring their award winning wines in both the VIP Lounge and the Main Tasting Area of the 28th Annual Ojai Wine Festival.

Harvested by hand at the right time, Vino Vargas wine’s quality is impeccable with select single vineyard grapes from the American Viticulture Areas that best capture the essence of the grape’s true origin.

Vino Vargas is showcasing their award winning 2011 Pinot Noir, Rio Russo in the VIP Lounge, which earned 93 points and a gold medal! Ojai Wine Festival patrons can also taste Vino Vargas 2012 Chardonnay, Ole!, 2013 Roussanne, del Sol, 2013 GSM Rose, Costa Rosa, 2012 Pinot Noir, Rio Ruso, 2011 Merlot, Miserere and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon in both the Main Tasting Area and VIP Lounge. Find out more about Vino Vargas wines at