Now in its 72nd year, the Oxnard Community and Business Awards honor the city's top people, businesses and organizations. Since 1963, the Oxnard Trophy has been awarded by the WVCBA Board of Directors (previously as the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce) for bringing recognition to Oxnard and bettering the community. This year's recipient is Herzog Wine Cellars and its onsite restaurant Tierra Sur.
Herzog Wine Cellars and Tierra Sur are hidden gems in Oxnard. Well, they’re not really secrets to wine lovers, foodies or anyone who desires a Kosher food experience! They are the nation’s largest producer of Kosher wines and, year after year, attract visitors to Oxnard from all over California and around the world. Locals love it, too, whether they’re exploring the Ventura County wine trail or celebrating a special occasion.
The craftsmanship of Herzog wines is attributed to a 150-year legacy of wine making, passed down for nine generations from Czechoslovakia to the United States. In 2005, they opened an impressive 77,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility in Oxnard’s industrial area off of Rice Avenue. They pride themselves on sustainable viniculture and was recently awarded gold for their “Be-Leaf” certified organic Cabernet Sauvignon at the prestigious International Women’s Wine Competition and the highly-lauded Critics Challenge.
At their award-winning farm-to-table restaurant Tierra Sur, Chef Gabe Garcia has been at the helm for over a decade. His innovative, weekly menus are created with seasonal ingredients sourced exclusively from local growers in Ventura County. Tierra Sur is consistently ranked among the top Kosher restaurants in the United States and is often featured on television, websites and popular social media channels that explore Kosher restaurants around the US.
The WVCBA's annual Oxnard Community & Business Awards will be celebrated on Thursday, August 18, at 11:30 am at the historic Heritage Square in Downtown Oxnard.