Heard it On the Grapevine: Magnavino Cellars Hosts a Verily Good Time
By Raven West
Several hundred of Rob and Barbara Wagner’s closest friends were invited to “Castle Magnavino” to enjoy a Medieval style celebration at Magnavino Cellars’ Renaissance themed wine club member’s pick-up party.
Wine club members and guests came dressed in festive medieval costumes. Empty goblets were soon filled with Magnavino’ s finest selection of varietals, including a 2012 Sangiovese, 2013 Pinot Noir, 2013 Grenache, and 2012 Merlot to name only a few of the more than a dozen choices that were poured by Lords and Ladies of the Castle.
The Renaissance feast served at Castle Magnavino consisted of a main course of Herb Grilled Chicken Leg Quarters, Baby Tri-Color Potatoes, Honey Glazed Carrots, Brioche Knot Rolls and a Special Gourmet Coffee Bar.
Double Chocolate Bundt Cake dessert was created exclusively for Magnavino Cellars by Theresa Delgado of “I Would Rather Be Baking Co.”
Theme wine club pick-up parties have become a staple of Rob and Barbara’s winery which is located at 961 N Rice Avene in Oxnard. Magnavino Cellars hosts these fun events three times a year, in March, July and November, for their wine club members with a different theme at every one.
In past events, club members have come dressed in “Denim & Diamonds” and adorned themselves in colorful “Carnevale” attire. The dinner menu selection is perfectly paired with the theme of the night as well as the wine being served.
Rob says Barbara puts as much time and effort in creating these great events as he does in creating the great wines.
Although the wine club pick-up parties are held only three times a year, wine lovers can sample flights and purchase their favorites every Friday from 2 – 8 pm and Saturday & Sunday from 11am to 6 pm. There are also various special events held for the general public throughout the year and the venue is available for special parties and private events.
For more information, visit: Magnavino Cellars or call (805) 983-2500
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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.