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OXNARD WINERIES LAUNCH PREMIER TASTING EVENT
2011 Wine on the Water Cruise Gets Rave Reviews
by Bonnie Carroll
September 11, 2011 marked the premier Wine on the Water event presented by AM Boat Charters – Scarlett Belle, the Three Oxnard Wineries of Herzog – Magnavino – Rancho Ventavo, and La Dolce Vita Ristorante Catering.
The enchanting Scarlett Belle River Boat, filled with fine wine and food aficionados, traveled through the Channel Island Harbor waterways as all on board sipped wine from the three wineries of Oxnard and savored delicious hors d’ouvre created by executive chef/owner Michelle Kinney of La Dolce Vita Ristorante and Catering.
Faye Hawes of Rancho Ventavo, Robert Wagner of Magnavino and public relations representative David Whitmore of Herzog all shared their excitement to launch this new wine tasting experience on the Channel Island riverboat, which was built, owned and operated by a local couple.
Guests enjoyed live guitar music and views of exquisite Channel Island homes, as sommelier Tim Robertson shared his expertise with wine lovers on board. A bevy of wine servers and representatives from the wineries also gave the sailing sippers specifics on the three Oxnard wines. Everyone agreed this first venture for the three Oxnard wines was a delightful success and look forward to making it an ongoing event for California wine lovers. For winery information contact www.ranchoventano.com; www.magnavino.com, Herzog.com and for La Dolce Vita visit www.theldv.com. Scarlett Belle visit www.scarlettbelle.com.
Joe Hurliman, our master winemaker, walks us through blending trials of Herzog’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Sirah:
SEPTEMBER SPECIAL!! Just in time for the holidays ~ Herzog Wine Cellars is offering FREE SHIPPING on any and all orders of one case or more placed before October 1, 2011. Shop online or visit our tasting room to stock up on your favorite Herzog wines before this offer ends! http://www.shopherzog.com/
Herzog Wine Cellars is a family owned, global powerhouse that produces wine in 17 countries under dozens of labels and at price points from pocket change to super-premium. But it has not actually grown a single grape – until now.
Sierra Nevada Dinner 2011
Thursday August 25th • Promptly starting at 7:00 PM
$75 per person plus 18% gratuity and tax
No discounts applicable including club members discount
Advance tickets available online at herzogwinecellars.com or call restaurant
6 Course dinner paired with six limited edition Sierra Nevada ales. Steve Grossman Brewery Ambassador will be in attendance and will provide us with an insightful presentation on the artisanal beer making at Sierra Nevada.
Our beer selection for this meal includes “The Best of Beer Camp 2011” where beer enthusiasts around the world apply to attend Sierra Nevada’s experimental quest for new styles and flavor spectrums prevails. This year will also include two ales from the tap. Ovila Saison ale and Life & Limb, a maple laced ale.
Included in the cost will be a Ovila Saison glass goblet.
1st course Ovila Saison (TAP)- Hazy blonde in color, rustic and refreshing ale with earthy and spicy aromas. Notes of green grass and a slight citrus Tang.
2nd course Weizenbock -7 % bold Bavarian style hefeweizen with pronounced banana and clove aromas layers of complex malt flavor
3rd course California Common – A steam beer which is California’s native style using a specialized ale yeast producing clean flavors of a refined lager
4th course Double IPA “ two headed monster” – This West Coast India Pale Ale is loaded with pronounced citrus and grapefruit hop notes with a hint of sweet malt. Using “ new school” aromatic hops during dry hopping.
5th course Juniper Black Ale- A russet colored ale with intricate aroma of roasted malt and fruity esters with a touch of resinous pine notes from the use of Juniper berries.
6th course- Life & Limb (TAP)
Life & Limb is a collaborative effort, the brainchild of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Life & Limb is a 10% ABV strong, dark beer that defies style characteristics- brewed with pure maple syrup from the Calagione family farm in Massachusetts and estate barley grown on the Grossman “farm” at the brewery in Chico, CA. The beer is alive with yeast-a blend of both breweries’ house strains-bottle conditioned for added complexity and shelf life, and naturally carbonated with birch syrup fresh from Alaska.
Life & Limb is dedicated to the family of beer drinkers and enthusiasts worldwide who continue to support the little guys, iconoclasts, entrepreneurs, and pioneers who risk life and limb to shape the vibrant craft-brewing community.
Chef Aarons’ Preliminary menu notes;
For the 1st course a pate of duck and veal encroute with tangy mustard for a traditional Belgian tavern style opener paired with this saison. Other courses will include spicy pomegranate grilled lamb ribs to complement the hoppy IPA and perhaps some Alsatian style venison for the Juniper Black Ale. Life and Limb with its hint of maple sweetness will be used for the dessert.
Menu will be posted after tasting some more ales. It’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it.
We are proud to announce that Todd Aarons, executive chef at Tierra Sur restaurant took 1st place in the Savory Dish Category at Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Fest’s Top Chef Awards this weekend! The dish was a mouthwatering lamb merquez sausage!
Join us for the 4th Annual Ventura County Wine Trail Celebration! This event showcases the best local wineries and is the starting point for the central coast wine region; as well as fine restaurants, local attractions, visitors bureaus and tours. The festivities will include tastings of great artisan wines, delectable appetizers, live music and fun for all. The celebration will be held at the historic Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard, CA from 5:30 to 8:00 pm, June 23rd, 2011.
Tickets for the event are available online for $35. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ventura County FOOD SHARE, a food bank that houses and distributes millions of pounds of food every year to the hungry of Ventura County. This event is open to the public – ages 21 and up.
Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the finest wines of Ventura County!
Tickets are available at: http://vcwtcelebration4.eventbrite.com/
Event Date: June 23, 2011
Event Time: 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: Heritage Square • 715 South “A” Street, Oxnard, CA 93030