Oxnard’s Launches a New Adventure
Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Tours Tours are part of the Ventura County Wine Trail

Oxnard, Calif. – There is nothing more decadent than chocolate and cheese, and when the two are paired with wine – its pure indulgence! The Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau invites visitors to indulge in delicious wines, delectable chocolates and tasty cheeses on the new Wine Chocolate & Cheese Tours.

As part of the Ventura County Wine Trail, the new tours will be offered every weekend starting November 28, 2009. Visitors can come for the day or stay for the weekend. Several of the hotels in Oxnard are offering Wine Tour Hotel Packages, which include the Wine Chocolate & Cheese Tours.

The tours take place every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and depart via Roadrunner Shuttle from the California Welcome Center in Oxnard, 1000 Town Center Drive, Suite 135. The tours include stops at
Heritage Square -- Rancho Ventavo Wine Cellars and La Dolce Vita Restaurant; Channel Islands Winery; Herzog Wine Cellars; and Cantera Cellars, and Bella Victorian in Camarillo. The cost is $75 per person. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance and can be made by calling the California Welcome Center at 805-988-0717. Online hotel reservations can be made by visiting the Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website at www.visitoxnard.com.

“We are so pleased to bring this exciting new tour option to Oxnard and the surrounding areas,” stated Janet Sederquist, President & CEO of the Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We are committed to our wineries and are also supporting the Ventura County Wine Trail by dedicating the cover of our new 2010 Visitor’s Guide highlighting the new wine industry,” she added.

About the Wineries:
Bella Victorian Vineyard, Camarillo
Tuscan-style landscaping enhances the old world charm of this tasting destination where wines are handcrafted by father and son from the vine all the way to the bottle.

Cantara Cellars, Camarillo
At Cantara Cellars, owners Mike and Chris Brown specialize in producing award-winning red and white wines made from grapes sourced from the Lodi Appellation in northern California.

Channel Islands Winery, Oxnard
The newest winery in town, tucked away in a large warehouse, is far from industrial with its combination tasting room, café, art gallery and an outdoor patio.

Herzog Wine Cellars, Oxnard
This modern winemaking facility combines state-of-the-art technology with a hands-on approach to artisan winemaking. Herzog Wine Cellars is truly a testament to the Herzog family’s eight-generation long commitment to making great wine.

Rancho Ventavo Cellars, Oxnard
Located in a charming 1902 Victorian house in Heritage Square, Rancho Ventavo Cellars is a family-owned and operated wine business dedicated to producing delicious hand-crafted, small lot, artisan wines from select vineyards across California.

About the Ventura County Wine Trail
Ventura County is quickly emerging as a wine country destination for visitors and locals alike. All of the wineries featured on the “Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Tour” are members of the Ventura County Wine Trail.
Visit the website at www.VenturaCountyWineTrail.com.

Oxnard is an easy drive up the coast from Los Angeles or from the northern portions of California. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy Oxnard’s uncrowded beaches, open agricultural fields and explore the many diverse attractions and outdoor adventures that are unique to the area. A wide variety of hotel accommodations are available ranging from mid-priced rooms to oceanfront and seaside settings. For more information or to request a new Oxnard Visitor’s Guide, call the Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-269-6273 or online at www.visitoxnard.com. For additional information on the Wine Tours, Text: Winetour to 69852.