Wine and celebration have been synonymous since the first bacchanalia, where Greek revelers honored the god Dionysus by drinking themselves into an animalistic frenzy and inventing democracy. Celebrate wine under calmer, less goat-sacrificing circumstances with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get two tickets to Ventura County Wine Trail Celebration at Heritage Square in Oxnard (a $70 value). The celebration takes place on Thursday, June 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Ventura County Wine Trail Celebration amasses the elegant ambrosias from nearly 20 local wineries. Sensitive tongues get to splash down a twisty wine-slide of velvety reds from Herzog, complex cabernets from Rancho Ventavo, and cinematically edited grenache-syrahs from Montage Vineyards. Live music slow dances in the evening air with the tempting redolence of savory eats from Aloha Steakhouse, Zin Bistro, and other local fine-dining establishments. A portion of the Ventura County Wine Trail Celebration's proceeds will go to the FOOD Share of Ventura County, a food bank that provisions those in need with millions of pounds of food every year.
Herzog Wine Cellars
The combined artistry of nine generations of Czech winemakers built Herzog Wine Cellars. The Herzog family's rich wine-making history dates back to late 19th-century Czechoslovakia, when Philip Herzog plied his craft for the Austro-Hungarian court. Legend has it that Emperor Franz-Josef loved Philip's wines so much, he made him a baron—a title commemorated in the winery's current Baron Herzog label.
Inside a modern facility nestled within the strawberry fields and farms of Oxnard, California, head winemaker Joe Hurliman crafts shimmering whites and dusky reds in the California tradition. Hurliman only uses grapes sourced from California vineyards, blending different varieties to conjure new tastes and aromas. This mixing and fermenting transforms bushels into the cellar's two lines of wine, which include special reserve and late-harvest bottles. Outside this laboratory, cathedral-like ceilings hang over a granite tasting bar where, during tastings, staff teach visitors how to identify delicate flavors and ensure no one replaced the real wine with boring grape juice. The grounds also feature private tasting rooms, a boutique, and an outdoor terrace.
Inside the restaurant with the highest Zagat food rating in Ventura County, Tierra Sur, executive chef Gabriel Garcia crafts New American cuisine. Using seasonal and locally sourced produce from area farms, he mingles American flavors into artfully presented entrees and small plates. An outdoor wood-fired grill sears aged rib-eye steaks, simmers cuts of wild salmon, and puts old snowmen out to pasture.
715 S A St.
Oxnard, California 93030Get Directions