The knowledgeable staff at Camarillo Custom Crush Winery teaches aspiring vintners how to craft their own corked concoctions. During the winecrafting session, vino virtuosos will show students how to guide grapes through the rite of passage to become an adult beverage. Oenophiles can also tour the premises and sample selections that have matured to swirl-worthy standards, including Spectrum Cellars and Malibu Rocky Oaks varieties. Grow in wine wisdom within Camarillo Custom Crush's warm space, which is adorned with wine bottles and wooden wine barrels, and learn how to differentiate a chardonnay from a chianti without help from a bribed label.
When Vince Pantess was growing up in New Jersey, he and his cousins would enjoy a taste of homemade wine—diluted on account of their age—while dining with their Italian family during Sunday dinner. After his Italian forebears immigrated to the United States, they made wine in their cellars for years, laying the foundation for a tradition that pervaded Vince's childhood.
In 2005, after 20 years in the chemical and biopharmaceutical industries, Vince decided to act on his inherited passion for wine. His background in the sciences collided with classes and home experiments in horticulture—as well as an influential experience working a commercial harvest in the Santa Maria Valley—to cultivate the skill and artistry Vince needed for artisanal winemaking.
Every grape that ends up in San Vicente Cellars’ barrels comes from vineyards along the central coast—specifically Paso Robles and Santa Barbara County—that hand-farm their grapes and practice sustainable agriculture techniques. The careful collection results in a complex wine list that includes bottles of late-harvested viognier and two different syrahs that highlight the versatility of the grape: the 2009 Thompson is driven by spice, whereas a San Stefano blend takes Syrah from three vineyards for an earthy, smooth vintage with hints of raspberry.
Cradled amid the foothills of Canejo Mountain, Camarillo Spring Golf Course melds long par 3s and numerous water hazards to present an exacting test of golfers' accuracy. As the mountain peak looms above, players do their best to tune out the bewitching vista and launch balls along the nearly 7,000-yard layout before opponents' caddies can snatch them from the tee. Save for a few arid holes between holes 6 and 11, water hazards pepper the course, presenting no fewer than 12 opportunities to lose a ball to the depths.
Camarillo Springs Golf Course celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012, but the history of the land on which it sits stretches back much further. The 18 holes sprawl over a portion of the original 10,000-acre Camarillo Ranch—a Spanish land grant created in 1837.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course designed by Ted Robinson * Total length of 6,921 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 73.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 134 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
A 65-foot curvilinear orange slide spits out kids into the nearly 210,000-gallon indoor pool with a splash during recreational-swim time. Twenty-five yards in length and separated into eight lanes, the pool also makes for excellent exercise. With water kept between 81 and 83 degrees, the pool also keeps muscles loose for programs, such as Aqua Zumba Fitness and Aquacize, each designed to incinerate calories and boost cardio through fun dancing and aerobic workouts. Committed to safety, the facility is supervised by top-notch lifeguards, and experienced swim instructors equip the water-bound with the skills needed to put a midsize fish in its place. To provide the community with top-notch facilities, renovation was completed in 2007 to include amenities such as changing rooms with lockers, showers, diaper-changing stations, and restrooms. Families are also welcome to relax on the outdoor patio while the little ones patter about in the splash zone.
Nestled amid avocado and citrus groves that line the rolling fields of Ventura County, Sterling Hills Golf Club's 18-hole course pairs scenic terrain with an inventive design from Robert Muir Graves and Damian Pascuzzo. The 6,813-yard gem plays to a par 71 from the tips and features a multitude of green-side and fairway bunkers, including particularly well fortified putting surfaces on holes 5, 7, and 18, and six water hazards that threaten balls throughout the round. Before taking to the course, golfers can warm up at a driving range or by bench-pressing their golf bag at the practice green.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,813 yards from the tips * Course rating of 72.9 from the tips * Slope rating of 133 from the tips * Four tee options * Scorecard
The folks at Way of the Orient Martial Arts Academy believe that anyone is capable of learning the art of self-defense. Though classes follow the belt system to measure progress, the academy bases success on self-development and the achievement of individual goals, not on whether you end up with a black belt.
A team of certified instructors teach taekwondo as well as hapkido, which incorporates circular motions of attack and defense. Children's classes introduce these techniques gradually to help develop motor skills, flexibility, and coordination. For a more workout-oriented approach, Core Strike classes blend martial-arts movements with aerobic conditioning for people who want to burn calories.