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Throughout the year there are countless wine events, but none quite like the Ventura County Wine Trail Food and Wine Challenge. This event brings food and wine together the way they belong, paired, and tasted together. Local chefs and local winemakers put their goods to a pairing challenge. One bite is offered by the participating restaurant chefs, and one paired wine from the winemakers table. Revisiting the tables is encouraged. 

Sandy Seekins

Magnavino Cellars

The idea is simple, decide what team came up with the best pairing. A team of judges (tasting blind) is composed of sommeliers, foodies, restaurant people, bloggers, and winos. In addition, the event goers can also vote for the coveted "People's Choice Award." 

Four Brix

As a 10 year restaurant veteran, and a current wine industry person, I personally very much appreciate this events approach. After all, food and wine is what many of us attempt to do at the dinner table.  

13 Local Chefs | 13 Local Winemakers | 1 Delicious Competition

The evening will also feature a silent auction with all proceeds
donated to Hope’s Haven Children’s Charity: a local charity
created to enrich the lives of children battling serious illness or
injury and assist families facing financial hardship due to their
child’s medical condition.

Lauren B

January 18th (Sunday) at the Westlake Hyatt Hotel.

General Admission Tickets are $55 online: includes food and wine tastings, commemorative wine glass, complimentary parking and tax. 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM 

VIP Tickets are also available for $85. With a VIP ticket, you will enjoy early entry into the event at 3:30 PM; as well as an exclusive champagne reception.

(Above Photo - Last Years Participants) 

Who will you vote for? 

# 1. Main Course California & Aldabella Winery
#2. Café Zack & Alma Sol Winery
#3. Aloha Steakhouse & Labyrinth Winery
#4. Paradise Pantry & Plan B Wine Cellars
#5. Harvest Bar & Kitchen at the Hyatt & Sunland Vintage Winery
#6. Scratch & Cantara Cellars
#7. Twenty 88 & Magnavino Cellars
#8. The Waterside Restaurant & Wine Bar Panaro Brothers Winery
#9. Discovery Ventura & Four Brix Winery
#10. Paul Martin’s American Grill & Millesime Cellars
#11. La Dolce Vita & Strey Cellars
#12. Coastal Grill & Rancho Ventavo Cellars
#13. Tierra Sur & Herzog Wine Cellars