I will begin by reminding everyone that I am not a doctor, I am NOT giving medical advice. You are responsible for your own decisions, and wine consumption. Much of what I am sharing here is opinion, medical professionals and scientists do not all agree on these subjects. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions in regards to wine. I hear several of theses on a weekly basis as I pour tastings behind the counter at Strey Cellars. The number one bogus thing people say to me is that they have an allergy to a specific varietal. For instance, people will stop me before I pour a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot and say, “Oh no, I’m allergic to Cab…I’m allergic to Merlot….” At which point I try very hard to keep my face from betraying the massive eye roll that’s itching to show itself. Grapes are grapes, guys.
With summer quickly approaching, the wine world is getting ready for local wine walks, festivals and fairs. These are some of our favorite occasions because we get to venture out in Ventura County and have a change of setting. It’s so refreshing to hang out outdoors, run into some of our favorite people and make new friends! If you have been to any of these wine, beer and food festivals you know they can be a little bit overwhelming, so I thought I would give you a few tips on navigating these types of events, you’ll thank me later. Firstly, as every woman knows, the most important thing is “What are you wearing?” While most of these events are outdoors, and often on grass, it’s better to wear wedges instead of heels. Layers are a great idea, because Ventura weather can be a bit unpredictable. I also highly recommend wearing
As the weather warms up, and the sun stays out late, we are ready for fun local family friendly events. Look no further, Food Truck Friday’s are back! From April to September on the last Friday of the month, both Strey Cellars and Magnavino Cellars team up to bring you this exclusive experience in Ventura County! We host a live band each month in our barrel room, and park a local food truck outside, our tasting room is open, of course, providing the trifecta: food, entertainment and wine! Gone are the days when you could only find your favorite food truck parked outside of a brewery! We don’t just choose any food truck, we invite the best of the best, because we love food ALMOST as much as we love wine. Each month has it’s own flavor, starting next week on Friday, April 26th with Baby’s Badass Burgers, which is
Wine has been a essential in many cultures since almost the beginning of time. In fact, the earliest known winery was discovered in Armenia, in a cave dating back to 4100 BC. Not only was there a wine press, but also fermentation vats, jars, cups and grape seeds. The fact that wine making was so advanced at this point suggests that wine making had been going on long before this. Evidence of wine making and wine drinking has been found all over the world ranging from 4000 BC in Sicily, 4500 BC in Greece, 6000 BC in Georgia and 7000 BC in China. I promise I am not trying to “information at you”, I am truly fascinated by wine, and it’s origins! AND it gives me an excuse to be drinking right now. So before you continue reading this pour yourself a glass of wine. Now geek out with me
Pop Ups… Workshops… and Sip&Shops, OH MY! It’s time to shake off that sleepy wintery coziness and welcome Springtime! Gone are the days where you came to our winery simply to taste wine, our calendar has been filling up fast with fun, interactive classes and workshops. To kick things off, on March 24th we are hosting the Spring Sip & Shop, our barrel room will be filled with all of your favorite local vendors. From clothing to makeup to cooking supplies… You name it! A lot of our vendors are wine club members, and personal friends of ours. We are so thrilled to have the opportunity to open a space for them to share their passions, and get to know all of you. It’s In The Sauce BBQ Food Truck will be onsite! Plus, there’s wine. (If you have a small business and would like to be a part of
“You don’t have any whites?” If I had a nickel for every time someone said this in the tasting room… The truth is, you often don’t find many white wines when you are wine tasting in local boutique wineries. It’s not because we don’t like white wine, it’s actually because the process to create white wine is very different. In fact, our first two white wines, the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and the 2014 Chardonnay were made “off-site”, which is a way to say, “We did not ferment this wine, however, we did purchase the grapes and used a trusted winemaker in the region that the grapes were grown to make a wine to our specifications.” Please note, this isn’t laziness, making white wine requires different equipment, it’s expensive, and the process is pretty delicate. However, in 2017 Scott rolled up his sleeves and tried his hand at making his first
#BestJobEver Having this platform is so much fun! Getting the opportunity to share with you all, the heart-and-soul of Strey Cellars. Giving you an inside look at a local winery, from both wine making and the tasting room. I was thinking, when I have an interest in something, be it a singer, a business, or a new hair care brand, I want to know EVERYTHING. I love the idea of having exclusive information, and I thought maybe you would, too, here’s a personal behind the scenes of how our tasting room ticks. My youngest daughter was five years old when I started working in Strey Cellars tasting room, and when we told her I was going to be working at a winery, she said, “Mama’s never gonna leave that job.” (She’s very insightful.) Prior to working at Strey I was a stay at home mom, and provided child care for
One of my favorite things about working at Strey, other than the the delicious wine, is Scott. For some of you he’s a bit elusive, considering the tireless hours he puts in to bring us the wine we all love so much. I have the unique opportunity to actually spend time with Scott, usually this means we are stocking endless cases of wine, or sweeping and mopping floors, (Call me Cinderella) or setting up for events. Scott has a hard time watching other people work, seriously, the man doesn’t sit still, if he happens to see me doing a job that would be faster if two people did it, he’s helping me in an instant. That’s how my friendship with Scott began. Working side by side here and there became the perfect opportunity to ask the plethora of questions that roll around my brain surrounding wine, and wine making. (In
I remember the first time I stepped into Strey’s tasting room, only 6 months after they opened. Husband and I were celebrating our first wedding anniversary, he had surprised me with a private wine tasting tour in Ventura and Oxnard. I had no idea there were local wineries, and definitely would never have guessed that these warehouses could be filled with exceptional wine. Up until that day, we always went out of town to taste great wine. Of the four wineries we visited that day, Strey was the only club we joined (having promised ourselves we would NOT join a wine club at all), little did I know, that decision would change my life. Katie was so inviting, she had this big infectious smile, and we felt welcome. Up until this experience, I had never been to a winery where I was greeted as soon as I walked through the
Scott and Katie have given me the privilege of starting this blog, and I am so excited! You all know that my first love is writing, but that’s only because I learned to write much earlier than I learned to drink wine. At the risk of sounding like the letter your grandma sends every Christmas to recap the year, we wanted to share with you our whirlwind of a year, and give you a heads up on some exciting upcoming events. Since the completion of the barrel room expansion we have been having a blast hosting parties, weddings, silent discos, comedy nights and even a baby shower! If you’ve got a special event in mind message Katie to book our barrel room. We were honored to host our friends and wine club members, Tosh and Nicole Hostetter’s wedding. The barrel room transformed into a magical ballroom fit for a fairytale.