Raven West’s Heard on the Grapevine: New Year’s Eve Comes Early to Ventura

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By Raven West

Corks were a-poppin up and down Main Street in Ventura as visitors and local merchants celebrated the first annual “Champagne on Main” Spring Wine Walk & Street Fair.

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On Main in Ventura

 

A great assortment of sparkling wines and champagne was featured at 40 merchant venues along the 300-500 block of downtown Ventura. Visitors to the event were also treated to a selection of delicious hors-d’oeuvres, specifically chosen to be the perfect pairing with any celebration.

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Downtown Merchant

The weather was picture-perfect for the event, which followed the success of the annual Winter Wine Walk held in December. Live entertainment from a variety of musicians entertained guests, who began arriving at 10am to shop the many vendors who set up their tents along the street.

The celebration began promptly at 1:30 as bottles of champagne and sparkling wine were ceremoniously uncorked. Attendees were treated to a great selection of imported wines from France and Italy as well as several California wineries located in Ojai and Oxnard.

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Summerland Winery

For chocolate lovers and champagne connoisseurs, the highlight of the event was definitely found in the VIP Chocolate Lounge area. At one venue, dark chocolate flowed from a fountain to cover locally grown strawberries. There were chocolate cupcakes, petit fours, and chocolate truffle mousse.

If you were too full to move, a Marie Antoinette walking table brought the chocolate cake to you! Put a new spin on her famous “Let Them Eat Cake” line!

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VIP Chocolate

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Marie Antoinette walking table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No doubt there was something for everyone to celebrate at the Spring Wine Walk and plenty of champagne to go around!

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Raven West

 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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