Let's Talk Wine with Eric Garnier

February 2012

The Challenge

Several days ago, Ventura hosted it's first annual "Local Food & Wine" challenge at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. This event is the brainchild of Herzog Winery to promote the food and wine of our community. The challenge paired 12 local restaurants along side 12 wineries from the Ventura Wine Trail. Each winery paired two wines with two specially prepared dishes. At the end of the evening, one winner would be announced.

 The teams were:

- Magnavino Cellars & La Dolce Vita
- Sunland Vintage & The Kitchen
- The Ojai Vineyard & The Ranch House
- Squashed Grapes & 5th Street Steak and Seafood
- Rancho Ventavo Cellars & Aloha Steakhouse
- San Vicente Cellars & R&R
- Rosenthal & Malibu Beach Inn
- Four Brix Winery & Cafe Zack
- Old Creek RanchWinery & The Jolly   Oyster
- Bella Victorian Vineyard & Bella Victorian Bistro
- Herzog Wine Cellars & Tierra Sur
- Cantara Cellars & C-Street Cuisine

Semler Wines hosted the champagne reception with a beautiful Brut Rose.

The event was sold out early with over 325 tickets sold. Some of the proceeds will benefit FOOD SHARE in Ventura. High above the Ventura skyline, the room filled up fast. Standing room only, the event was a true crowd pleaser.


The Ojai Vineyard & The Ranch House !

This was the winning dish...

Congratulations to this team and to all the participants. Can't wait for next year!
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