Sagebrush Annie's Cabernet Sauvignon Takes the Gold

Sagebrush Annie's, a winery located in Ventucopa (part of the Cuyama Valley in Santa Barbara County) has taken home two gold medals from the 2010 Consumer International Wine Competition with its 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2007 Merlot.

Featured last June in the Independent, Sagebrush Annie's is both a family winery and restaurant run by Larry and Karin Hogan.

With an old western, barbecue aura, the restaurant/winery certainly offers a different way to enjoy wine. And now that they've proved their wines are worth the scenic trip up past Ojai on Hwy 33, there's really no excuse not to spend a nice weekend afternoon venturing there.

Sagebrush Annie's restaurant is open Friday-Sunday, with tastings on weekend only. Reservations are required.

(661) 766-2319, or

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