Ojai Wine Festival pours out the fun at Lake Casitas

Ojai Wine Festival pours out the fun at Lake Casitas

June event serves up local wine, beer, and spirits in Rotary Club benefit

By Clarissa Fishman

Wine has been around for a very, very long time. Current findings suggest that it originated in West Asia (modern-day Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, northern Iran, and eastern Turkey). It is said that as people migrated, it spread through the Mediterranean and then, to the rest of the world. The vitis vinifera, the vine that grows wine grapes, was produced and turned into wine for the first time somewhere around 6000 BC, or so they say. There are still debates about this because new archaeological discoveries are continuously being made, so really, there is still a bit of mystery around this beloved elixir of life.

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Randy’s Recipes: Central Coast Citrus

Randy’s Recipes: Central Coast Citrus

With the change from winter to spring comes a bounty of fresh oranges, tangerines, and lemons. In Ventura County, you can buy fresh citrus fruits at farmers’ markets in Ojai, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Camarillo, and Westlake Village. I like to buy my citrus from vendors at the Ojai Certified Farmers’ Market and at Friend’s Ranch on Highway 33, northwest of Ojai. In Santa Barbara County, farmers’ markets are held in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Solvang, Carpinteria, and Montecito. In San Luis Obispo County, look for fresh citrus at farmers’ markets in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Los Olivos, Atascadero, Avila Beach, Cambria, and Templeton.

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Seafood on the Central Coast

Seafood on the Central Coast

Seafood on the Central Coast

By Don Sonderling

We’re spoiled by many things here along the Central Coast — weather, views, people, and food among them. One of our favorites, which have not yet been fully explored in these pages, is the wealth of seafood restaurants in this area. Take a road trip between Malibu and Cambria and you’ll discover a variety of them, from casual eateries to elegant upscale restaurants, many with knock-out views. Following are just a few delicious choices to consider.

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Healthy Eating in the New Year

Healthy Eating in the New Year

By Randy Graham

Eating healthy means following a healthy eating pattern that includes a variety of nutritious foods. It also means getting the number of calories that’s right for you (not eating too much or too little). So, in 2024, why not forget diet fads such as The South Beach Diet, The Scarsdale Diet, The Grapefruit Diet, and The Atkins Diet, and use common sense?

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OJAI: Wine Destination Gem

OJAI: Wine Destination Gem

By Don Sonderling

The charming town of Ojai (meaning “Valley of the Moon” in the Chumash language), is less than a 30-minute drive from Ventura, up Highway 33. For the better part of a century, Ojai has been known for its healthy lifestyle, food, agriculture, art, music, recreation, wellness — and yes, wine! For the wine explorer, it’s time to visit this “other” wine destination. Here are a few tasting rooms to explore:

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Highway to Hops Central Coast Beer Festivals

Highway to Hops Central Coast Beer Festivals

By Mike Miller

California’s Central Coast is home to some of the best beer festivals on the planet. Widely known for its wineries, the Central Coast also offers a diverse range of beer, ciders, and spirits, and there are plenty of festivals and celebrations for them all. These celebrations offer a fun-packed day whether you are a true beer lover or a novice taster.

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