A GRAPE-Y GATEWAY: While it is not quite located in the Santa Barbara/Santa Inez wine nexus, Thousand Oaks is very much wine-focused in its own right, as will be proven at its Wine Festival on Thursday, Aug. 26. There will be a dozen winemakers behind the bottles. There will be music. Tickets are $25. And the location is The Lakes.
ON THE LIST: Giessinger Winery of nearby Fillmore is on the list. So is Malibu Wines and Simi Valley's own Four Brix. If you've been wanting to get a taste of some of the wineries in this region, this is the night to do so. If you can't make it, save this list for future tasting travels in the area.