Friday, August 1, 2014

A Taste Of Camarillo 2014

A Taste Of Camarillo 2014
@ Adolpho Camarillo Ranch

Wine Auction Gala - Saturday, July 26th
The Meadowlark Service League put on another amazing auction gala and a fantastic wine & food festival in Camarillo this year. The gala at the Camarillo Ranch Red Barn started with a Champagne Reception, wine and appetizers, a silent auction, and live country/folk music by Horseplay. A live auction with auctioneers Tom & Sandy of 805 fame (the radio show, not the beer) followed after a gourmet dinner that featured Magnavino Cellars 2012 Butterfly Chardonnay and 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Mike & Chris Brown - Cantara Cellars & Barbara & Robert Wagner - Magnavino Cellars

Wine & Food Festival - Sunday, July 27th
The Meadowlark Service League’s 27th Annual charitable Wine and Food Festival is said to be the longest running wine and food festival in Ventura County. In addition to the wines from vineyards throughout California and gourmet foods, there was live entertainment by “Britain’s Finest” Beatles tribute band, a silent auction, and boutiques.
The theme was “The British are Coming!” with the Beatles tribute band, the Queen look-alike, Cooper Minis and streets renamed Abbey Road and Penny Lane. It’s nice to have a new theme, but I think the basics—wine, beer and food—remained the same, and that’s a good thing! 
I saw the VIP Lark Lounge from the Beak & Barrel Beer Pub, which was more fun anyway, and I watched a few minutes of a demo by Chef Amy Tyrell in the Strawberry Fields Cooking Pavilion.
Magnavino Cellars - The Official 2014 Wine Sponsor
Out of the many fine wines available at the festival, I managed to taste at these 26 wineries:
  • Artiste Winery
  • August Ridge Vineyards
  • B&E Vineyard
  • Calcareous Vineyard
  • Cantara Cellars
  • Cass Winery
  • Golden Star Vineyards & Winery
  • Hidden Oak Winery
  • Indigene Cellars
  • J&J Cellars
  • Kiamie Wine Cellars
  • Laraneta Winery
  • Magnavino Cellars
  • Nobelle Wines
  • Old Creek Ranch Winery
  • Rancho Ventavo Cellars
  • Rideau Vineyard
  • Sextant Wines
  • Strey Cellars
  • Summerland Winery
  • Sundowner Wines
  • Sunland Vintage Winery
  • Sunstone Winery
  • Toucan Wines
  • Via Vega Vineyard & Winery
  • Vinemark Cellars
And no surprise, they were all very good! 

The gourmet food offerings were outstanding as well.
Cafe Zack's Filet Mignon paired with Magnavino Cellars' Tuscan Romance.
To view all of the pictures and video of the wine, beer, food and music click here for the Gala and click here for the Festival.

Note: If you go to the Festival link on a smart phone you will likely see "The content owner has not made this video available on mobile. Add to playlist to watch it later on a PC." Apparently, Britain's Finest sound exactly like the Beatles. ;-) Sorry, but it is worth playing on a Mac or PC...




Were you at the Gala or Festival? Let me know what you thought of it ...

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Cheers!