Ojai Wine Festival

2015 VIP Lounge

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Situated on the stunning Casitas lakefront, the VIP Lounge canopy tent caters to wine and beer connoisseurs featuring an exclusive selection of fine wines, spirits and craft beer accompanied by a delectable selection of hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets are limited in this select area of the festival. VIP Admission includes special entry into the VIP Lounge, a fine crystal souvenir wine glass, unlimited tastes of wine and beer in the Main Tasting Area plus early entry beginning at 11:30 am. For designated drivers, VIP Non-Drinking tickets, which include all the benefits of VIP drinking admission except alcohol consumption, are available. You must be 21 years old to enter the VIP Lounge. Seating is limited and shared by all VIP guests.

VIP Lounge Hors d’Oeuvres Sponsors

Hubert's Lemonade
Sparkling ICE
La Piu Bella Travola
Real Water
Sakura Ojai
Whole Foods Oxnard

VIP Event Grand Entrance Sparkling Wine Sponsor

Barefoot Wine and Bubbly

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly has been a huge supporter of the Ojai Wine Festival for twenty five years.  We are proud to be greeting all our VIP Lounge patrons with a glass of Barefoot Bubbly as they cross our grand entrance into the event. Traditional Bubbly for non-traditional occasions bubbling with fun, with the classic taste of Brut and lovely sweetness of Pink Moscato.

Barefoot Fusion is our award-winning Charmat method California sparkling wine infused with natural fruit flavors to create a new premium Bubbly Fusion.

The Wines

Falcone Family Vineyards
Falcone Family Winery focuses on producing high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Our Paso Robles estate vineyard is ideal for growing Bordeaux and Rhône varietals. In addition to these primary varietals, we also produce a Chardonnay from Sierra Madre Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley as well as a limited-production, non-vintage blend called Annaté. Our family’s team approach makes our wines truly special.

Ascension Cellars is a premium, boutique winery specializing in barrel-select, handcrafted Rhône and Bordeaux-style wines from the central coast of California. We believe in a limited, light-handed approach to winemaking, allowing the true typicity of each varietal and the terroir of the vineyard to shine through as the star of each vintage, preserving the wine’s link to its place of origin. This allows us to create wines that are distinctive and hypnotic with personality, charm, balance and grace. We blend our Rhône and Bordeaux varietals to produce wines that are more complex, better balanced, and richer than single, varietal wines.

Gainey Vineyard

The Gainey Vineyard was the first winery to own vineyards in both the warm eastern end of Santa Ynez Valley where the family concentrates on Bordeaux varieties and the cool western Sta. Rita Hills where they have planted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. This unique advantage allows the Gaineys to completely control all phases of their wine growing: from planting of vines ideally suited to each of their vineyard sites, to viticulture techniques that emphasize low yields, to winemaking that stresses minimal processing. The Gainey Vineyard limited selection bottlings have received rave reviews from critics and consumers alike. Our tasting room is open for tastings daily and we encourage guests to enjoy Gainey wines and our scenic picnic area.

Whole Foods Market of Oxnard is partnering with Zaca Mesa Winery & Vineyards in our VIP Lounge to present: 

Zaca Mesa Winery and Vineyards

At Zaca Mesa Winery we hand craft our wines with integrity using traditional methods from grapes sustainably grown in our Santa Barbara County vineyard. Since 1973, we have farmed and nurtured our vineyard to produce Rhone style wines that are true to the unique spirit of our land. Come visit our rustic tasting room and picnic area, which, is open seven days, a week from 10 am-4pm. Join our wine club and receive special discounts on our award winning wines. For more information contact info@zacamesa.com.

The Beers

Leffe BeerLeffe Blonde is Belgian Abbey ale dating back to the 13th century. Leffe Blonde is a rich, golden Abbey Ale with spicy aromas of clove and vanilla, smoky caramel and roasted notes. The taste is sweet and silky, slightly drying with a well-balanced bitterness. Leffe Blonde is a rich, comforting, full bodied beer that is a perfect companion to white fish like halibut. With just the right malt notes, there’s a sweet and wonderful complexity to Leffe Blonde that complements a variety of foods.

Stella ArtoisA sophisticated European pilsner with a brewing tradition dating back to 1366, Stella Artois has a pleasantly bitter flavor and refreshing finish for superior drinkability that stands out from other European lagers. The crisp, dry flavor of Stella Artois makes it an ideal accompaniment for a variety of cuisines from around the world. The mild malt and light hops of Stella Artois accentuate the richness of dishes such as lamb, lobster and shellfish without overwhelming the balance of flavors.

Hoegaarden BeerThe Original Belgian White Beer, unfiltered Hoegaarden has a soft body, naturally cloudy white appearance and thick, frothy head. With its soft body and citrusy finish, Hoegaarden (pronounced who-gar-den) is the perfect complement for light salads and seafood. The spice and citrus notes in the food are reflected in the flavors found in Hoegaarden. Brewed with the finest ingredients, including real Curacao orange peel, a dash of coriander and a blend of wheat and malted barley for a refreshing flavor and spicy nose, Hoegaarden was awarded a gold medal at the World Beer Cup® 2008.2010 Incognito White Lodi, California Bright honeysuckle and jasmine jump out of the glass into a rich, fleshy mouth-feel. Flavors of white nectarine and ripe apricot create a fruit medley of tropical-laced essence. “Best of Class” – 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Stella Artois CidreNew Stella Artois Cidre is a crisp and refreshing European-style cider made from hand-picked apples. The taste of red apple and peachy, apricot accents complement the subtle flavor of orange, giving it a refreshing taste with a pleasing wood finish.

The Spirits

Tequila Los Tres TonosTequila Los Tres Toños Reposado is a Tequila produced from 100% Blue Agave Tequilana Weber, carefully planted and harvested at Tequila Selecto de Amatitan, Jalisco Mexico and aged in American Bourbon barrels for a minumum of six months for the Reposado, one year for the Añejo and 4 years for the Extra Añejo. Tequila Los Tres Toños is bottled in an elegant artisan carafe specially designed for tequila connoisseurs, which enhances the finesse of the tequila reflecting its high quality.

At the 2014 San Francisco Spirits Competition Tequila Los Tres Toños Blanco, Reposado and Añejo won Silver Medals and the Los Tres Toños Añejo was a Double Gold Medal Winner.


Mezcal Mala Noche

Mezcal Mala Noche
Mezcal Mala Noche Reposado
Mezcal Mala Noche Silver


Ventura Spirits
From the day we began designing and building our still in 2011, the Ventura Spirits mission has been to use the natural and agricultural bounty of California’s central coast to hand-craft novel and delicious spirits. We’re driven by a sense of exploration and discovery, and we’re passionate about creating liquors with inputs that are unexplored or underutilized. We aim to contribute to a regional spirits tradition with extraordinary new products that foster a strong appreciation for our area of the world. All Ventura Spirits are a sublime mix of the wild and the cultivated. Our approach to distilling constitutes a challenge to ourselves and to our customers– to be more curious, more creative, and better consumers of distilled liquors, to strain against the status quo and assemble new inputs and combinations in a delightful and authentic way.

  • California Vodka
  • Wilder Gin
  • Opuntia Prickly Pear Spirit
  • Cocktails: “Strawberry Fields” (with California Vodka) and “Manifest Destiny” (with Wilder Gin)