Despite the challenges of the day and the cooler weather it was another successful festival to start off the third decade. The Barefoot Bubbly and strawberries poured at the VIP Grand Entrance is always festive and a photographic challenge. The new non-sponsor graphic on the back of the glass this year made it much easier to photograph.
|Whole Foods Market of Oxnard|
|La Piu Bella Tavola Italian Catering|
|Ojai Deer Lodge|
|Ojai Deer Lodge|
|Cakes for sale from the Nothing Bundt Cakes van|
|Leffe, Stella Artois, and Hoegaarden|
I managed to visit and taste at about a dozen wineries in the main area. Many of them were familiar, but it's always good to see how your favorite wineries are doing! Unlike last year, this year I managed to focus on wines (a white circuit, and then a red circuit) and not get detoured by the hoppy IPAs being poured by the craft breweries.
|Clos des Amis Wines|
|Ranchita Canyon Vineyard|
|Sagebrush Annie's and Stone Pine Estate|
|Alta Colina Wine|
|Cottonwood Canyon Winery|
Discovering wineries is one of the main reasons I go to wine festivals, and I enjoyed sampling the wines from Majestic Oak Vineyards and End of the Road Winery, both from Ojai. Rotta Winery from Paso Robles was a pleasant surprise also. They've been making wine (on and off) since 1908!
|Majestic Oak Vineyards|
|End of the Road Winery|
Many breweries poured for an enthusiastic crowd.
|Firestone Walker Brewing Company|
|Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company|
|Rasca Ajos Garlic Grater|
|Always a mellow time on the lawn.|
|And a party on the dance floor!|
|Santa Barbara Dance Music Band Area 51 rocking the festival.|
|Red Hats! Must be the Red Hat Society.|
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