The Camarillo Old Town Association Wine Walk 2014 – An Anniversary Gift to Us All!

 

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By Raven West

Julie and Mark Wasserman Vinemark Cellars

Julie and Mark Wasserman Vinemark Cellars

It might have been a celebration of City of Camarillo’s 50th anniversary, but Jonathan Boring, President of the Board for the Old Town Camarillo Association and the merchants in Old Town gave Ventura county wine lovers a fantastic gift; wine tasting from some of the best wineries in the Central Coast and Ventura county.

“Heard It On the Grapevine” usually features one of the many wineries located in Ventura county from Westlake Village to Ojai and all points in-between where local wine enthusiast can taste some of the very finest varietals and blends and enjoy fabulous entertainment without having to drive more than a few miles from point to point.

Thanks to the efforts of Boring, the first Camarillo Old Town Association Wine Walk brought to our area a selection of wines from California’s Central Coast wineries in Paso Robles, Templeton, Santa Barbara, Los Olivos and Lompoc. According to Boring, more than 700 area residents attended the event which began at noon and lasted slightly longer than four hours.

There was a definite atmosphere of an adult “Trick or Treat” as guests followed the painted Wine Walk footsteps on the sidewalk along the Wine Walk that led them from one store to another where they filled and re-filled their 50th Anniversary commemorative wine glasses. Lines of thirsty wine connoisseurs spilled out onto the sidewalk, but no one seemed to mind because of the great music and perfect weather that put everyone in a 50th Anniversary party mood.

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Carlos Novoa

The celebration also featured great live entertainment which accompanied attendees with upbeat music as they walked Ventura Boulevard from Glen Drive to Oak Street and back. Instone performed at Bella Capri where local winery Millesime Cellars poured their best. Carlos Novoa entertained at the Wine Closet where owner Linda Wulzen-Hunter poured Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir from Carr Winery while DJ Harper was the perfect accompaniment to the crowd enjoying David Nicholes’ import from Opolo Vineyards in Paso Robles.

Altogether there were 12 different wineries hosted by just as many business owners who also provided cheese, fruit and crackers for their guests. Along with wine, there were several brewing companies along the way, and to help with the heat, cold water was provided by Central Coast Water.

And while there might have been a few heated arguments as to whether the wineries in Ventura County or the wines “imported” from the Central Coast tasted best, everyone agreed that the event was a great success.

Happy Anniversary Camarillo, and thanks for the gift!

The following is a list of participating wineries; their locations and a link to their website were applicable:

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Joe Laraneta

Opolo Vineyard
7110 Vineyard Drive
Paso Robles

Laraneta
2602 Templeton Rd,
Templeton

Cantara Cellars
126 N. Wood Road, #104
Camarillo

Hidden Oak Winery
4671 S. El Pomar Rd.
Templeton

Carr Winery
414 N. Salsipuedes St.
Santa Barbara

Daniel Ghers

Here's to you, Camarillo.  Happy Birthday!

Here’s to you, Camarillo. Happy Birthday! (Wine lovers in line for Aldabella)

2939 Grand Avenue
Los Olivos

Le Vigne
5115 Buena Vista Drive
Paso Robles

Babcock Winery
5175 E Highway 246
Lompoc

Aldabella
31111 Via Colinas
Westlake Village

Millesime
425 Constitution Ave
Camarillo

Vinemark Cellars

Orin Swift Cellars

California Wine Club

Raven West

Raven West

 

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Raven West is a free-lance writer and published author who has lived in Ventura County for more than twenty years. She has an extensive knowledge of local wineries from Thousand Oaks to Ojai and will be covering special events which take place at the tasting rooms throughout the year.

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