Archive for July, 2009

“C” Street Dinner w/ the Big Boys

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Had dinner with friends at “C” Street Restaurant located in the Crown Plaza on the beach in Ventura – very classy joint in a beautiful location.

This is the 2nd time I’ve been to this restaurant, the first being when they first opened so it’s quite hard to judge a restaurant at that point of chaos. This time around I have to say I was pleased overall, but we had some mixed reviews from the rest of my table which included the Johnsons of Camarillo, the Keatings of Newbury Park, Paul Friedric of Oxnard and the Murray’s of Ventura.

One thing about this group, they know their wines and this was a bring out the big boys night which started with a pleasantly reserved Syrah from Pride, followed by the full of fruit Linne Colado Sticks & Stones,the superbly balanced  Saxum Broken Stones, the luscious Torrin Maven and then the Mollydooker Carnival of Love — but wait, there’s more…Paul finished the evening with a 30 year old Port which was so good we stayed until the bottle was empty.  The cork on this bottle disintigrated while Paul work carefully to remove it – amazing stuff to say the least.

Anyway, overall my meal of lamb chops with cherry compote was the best by far.  All the wines were top notch, although I loved the Saxum best :-)

Camarillo Wine Store

Monday, July 13th, 2009

We’re now officially open in Old Town Camarillo and had a wild weekend during Fiesta which started on Friday night.  We had a nice linieup of great wines available for tasting in our new swanky tasting room: TuTu Pinot Grigio, Valdez Sauvignon Blanc, Donati Chardonnay, Joyce Pinot Noir, Kaena Grenache, Lavender Ridge Rhone blend and Owen Roe Ex Umbris Syrah. Everyone was very pleased with the tasting and quite a few bottles were taken home.

We’ve been hammering out the details for future tastings and would like to propose the following:

Thursday each week we’ll host a focused wine tasting and highlight a particular winer and have a representative of the winery (and/or possibly even a wine maker) provide information and education on the wines we’re tasting, or we may focus on a specific region like Australia, Rhone varietals, blends, etc., accompanied by appetizers or cheese plates.

Depending upon demand, Friday and Saturday of each week we’ll select a variety of wines to taste throughout the weekend.

Our hours will be:

Tues & Wed – 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Thurs – 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Fri & Sat – 11:00 am to 10:00 (again, depending on demand)

Sun & Mon – CLOSED

Let me know what your thoughts are on this proposed schedule and come in to say hello.

Linda & Rob