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Wine Tasting and Italian Dinner at Oxnard

  • Jan 12, 2013 · 5:15 PM
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Please note: I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate. This event has 2 parts - wine tasting and then dinner. You don't have to do both parts, you can choose one or the other or both. But please let me know what portions you plan to attend so that I can make the appropriate reservations in advance.

I am estimating the wine tasting to cost around $20 per person, but I have left a message with Rancho Ventavo Cellars to confirm their exact pricing.

I am estimating dinner to cost $40 or more, depending upon what you order. So bring at least $60 in CA$H.

Rancho Ventavo Cellars at 5:15 PM

TASTING ROOM - they specialize in red wines

Located in downtown Oxnard at Heritage Square, our tasting room is located in one of Oxnard's oldest homes, the Scarlett House, built in 1902. From the moment you enter the tasting room you will be surrounded by old-time craftsmanship and warmth that only an old home can express. With the hardwood floors, leaded glass doors and windows, stamped tin ceilings, oak paneled walls and an inviting fireplace, your visit to Rancho Ventavo Cellars will be a memorable one.

Tasting Room Address: 741 South "A" Street, Oxnard, CA 93030 / (805)[masked]

To get an idea of the types of wines they offer, check this out:

Dinner at La Dolce Vita at 6 PM

This restaurant was recommended by Gay Foodies member Jorge.

La Dolce Vita offers the best in fine Italian Cuisine. As a family owned and

operated restaurant, our staff is dedicated to providing you with a

combination of delicious food and impeccable service.

Add to that a warm and inviting cocktail lounge and

fireplace room for private parties.

La Dolce Vita truly is "The Sweet Life"

Dinner menu

Antipasto – Tapas

~ Coconut Shrimp ~ $11.95 with spicy apricot sauce

~ Crispy Fried Calamari ~ $10.00 served with lemon chipotle aioli

~ Jumbo Gulf Shrimp Cocktail ~ $13.95 with our spicy cocktail sauce

~ Chef’s Choice ~ $16.75three imported cheeses with seasonal fruit plate served with our seasoned crustinis

~ Pumpkin Ravioli ~ $11.00 Tender ravioli topped with gorgonzola cream sauce, sage and walnuts

~ Clam Zuppa ~ $10.95 Sautéed littleneck clams, shallots, garlic and red pepper flakes in a savory broth

~ Steamed Mussels ~ $10.95 New Zealand mussels with fennel, saffron lemongrass cream and tomato

~ Seared Ahi ~ $13.95 Coriander and sesame seared ahi over jasmine rice with ginger jus, chive oil and chives

~ Seared Scallops ~ $12.95 with smoked tomato butter, roasted garlic Oil and basil chiffonade

~ Antipasto~ $13.95 Assorted Italian meats and cheese with marinated vegetables, olives and topped with crumbled gorgonzola drizzled with basil olive oil and balsamic reduction


~ Insalata di Casa~ $6.95 mixed fancy greens tossed with our house balsamic dressing, roasted beets, goat cheese and hazelnuts

~ Insalata Caesar ~ $7.25 romaine lettuce with our signature Caesar dressing home made croutons & parmesan

~ Insalata di Spinachi ~ $7.95 baby spinach with our house raspberry vinaigrette, mandarin oranges, candied walnuts and gorgonzola

~ Insalata Caprese ~ $8.50 bufala mozzarella roma tomatoes and fresh basil leaves with basil infused olive oil and aged balsamic

~ Endive & Apple Salad ~ $8.75 Endive, apple slices, bacon, gorgonzola, & candied walnuts, tossed in a Honey Dijon vinaigrette

~Stacked Tomato Salad ~ $ 8.00 Stacked tomatoes, baby arrugula, sweet onions, and shaved Asiago layered & topped with balsamic reduction


~ Minestrone~ TraditionalVegetable & pasta soup in a tomato broth ~ cup $4.95 bowl $6.95

~Grilled Onion Chowder ~ Marsala infused grilled onions in a sweet cream soup~cup $5.00 bowl $7.00

~Soup of the Day~ market price


~ Pasta Primavera ~ $11.95 penne and fresh seasonal vegetables in a garlic white wine sauce

~ Lasagna ~ $13.95meat or roasted vegetable filled lasagna topped with marinara, parmesan and fresh basil chiffonade

~ Linguini a la Bolognese ~ $14.50 made with our house made sausage and beef in a hearty tomato sauce finished with cream

~ Grilled Vegetable Ravioli ~ 14.95 goat cheese and caramelized shallots, roasted garlic and white wine fresh tomato basil sauce

~ Seafood Risotto or Seafood Linguini ~ $24.50 roasted red pepper risotto or linguini with scallops, clam, mussels and shrimp in a light broth

~ Linguini & Clams ~ $14.75 white wine sauce or red sauce

~ Shrimp alla Tuscany ~ $17.95 jumbo shrimp sautéed with fresh tomato, capers, garlic& basil in a white wine sauce tossed with capellini

~ Gnocchi ~ $15.50 tossed with chicken, squash, red peppers and leeks in a roasted garlic cream sauce

~ Pasta with Meatballs or Sausage- $12.95


~ Chicken Picatta~ $14.95 sautéed chicken breast cooked in caper, lemon wine sauce, shallots, served atop capellini with vegetable of the day

~ Chicken Cacciatore ~ $14.95 chicken roasted with red wine, onions & spices served over linguini

~ Eggplant Parmesan ~ $15.00 baked with two cheeses and served with linguini

~ Pork Loin ~ $19.50 stuffed with gorgonzola and served atop roasted garlic mashed potatoes drizzled with fig port wine reduction and aged balsamic with steamed asparagus spears-->

~ Italian Pot Roast ~ $15.95 slow cooked beef with tomatoes, wine, onions & garlic,cooked to perfection and served over pasta

~ Veal Scaloppini Marsala ~ $22.50 sautéed with mushrooms and marsala finished with a dash of cream served with vegetables and linguini

~ Beef Tenderloin ~ $27.00 grilled filet mignon, served atop spinach and risotto & drizzled with port wine reduction

~ Steak of the Day ~ Ask Server - Market Price

~ Portobello Florentine ~ $17.50 marinated Portobello mushroom stuffed with sautéed spinach, mushroom& pancetta, then topped with gruyere, served withyour choice of jasmine rice or capellini and drizzled with a marsala cream sauce

~ Ahi ~ $24.95 seared and served rare over risotto or jasmine rice with baby bok choy drizzled with lemon aioli

~ Roasted Salmon ~ $19.50 served atop jasmine rice with honey dijon glaze and pomegranate reduction then topped with tobiko caviar

~ Fish of the Day ~ Ask Server - Market Price

Corkage Fee $10.00

An automatic gratuity of 18% will be added to parties of 6 or more. An automatic gratuity of 20 % will be added to parties with separate checks

Additional bowl of Bruschetta Sauce $3.00

Split orders: $4.00

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  • Robert

    I am at the wine tasting. You did not need to RSVP in advance to attend the wine tasting to attend it. I will be here until 6 pm before heading to the restaurant.

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Robert I think i forgot to mention that i was planing on attending bothe the wine tasting and Dinner :)

    January 12, 2013

  • SunnyDE

    On the winery visit, is it a set price for tasting? ( checked the site, did not see an answer)
    Also could a person just look around & not taste?
    Maybe just photos?

    January 11, 2013

    • Robert

      I called Ventavo and they said their tastings are $10 for 5 wine samples. You can look around and take photos without having to sample wines.

      January 11, 2013

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