The Scoop on Strey
Strey Cellars is latest addition to Ventura County wineries. Open February 2014, owner operators Scott and Katie Ballew dare to provide a super contemporary twist to wine tasting. Far from traditional; their cool, edgy winery experience is coupled by no less than great wine!
The idea is to “stray from the norm.” Strey embraces the industrial look and feel of the neighborhood and takes “modern” to the next level. The vibe is fresh and sleek with clicks and pops of color. Concrete counters, cider block walls and 18′ ceilings leave you feeling far from cold the moment you stride through the door. You are sure to be greeted with the warmest of welcomes. It goes without saying, Scott and Katie have poured their hearts and souls into giving locals and visitors alike a wine tasting experience unparalleled!
Don’t let youth fool you; Scott is a killer winemaker! With a soft spot for Zinfandel, it is a no-brainer that the Lodi Appellation is the source for most of his first-class fruit. Single red varietals prove to be the specialty at Strey but are in no way limiting to the wine Scott thirsts to share with local and visiting wine enthusiasts alike.
Katie completes the pair by managing the tasting room and handing everything else. She juggles event planning and the wine club, while maintaining their website and their social media platforms. This vigorous young lady never stops!
By weekday the film industry calls Scott to work and Katie to raising their daughter Ivy; by weekend they are sure to be your new best friends. They make award winning wine and serve it straight up with no frills.
Strey wine is unequivocally a labor of love from the inside to outside the bottle! With meticulous attention to detail and their small case production you are certain to being drinking something awesome. Feel your heart smile at first sip. You deserve it! Cheers!
It is no secret that Strey Cellars is, in part, a product of Magnavino Cellars and proud of it. It is winemaker and owner Robert Wagner, who took a chance on Scott and gave him his first opportunity to make wine. An unshakable friendship developed for the mentor and his protégée. Three years later it was Scott’s time to launch his own company. Without the unconditional love and support of Robert and Barbara Wagner there would be no Strey! Scott and Katie feel blessed to call them family.
If you haven’t met her yet, Tawny will soon be your favorite four legged tasting room greeter. She’s a boxer mix from West Coast Boxer Rescue. Abandoned in Bakersfield, “Shnuggie Boogie” was found by rescue volunteers at 8 weeks old. The little puppy immediately stole Scott and Katie’s heart. She went nameless for about two weeks before the couple settled on “Tawny; like the port”. She has proven an intricate part of Strey Cellars development by providing endless love to two kids livin’ the dream!