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October 2014 Featured Artists – Marcia Cummings & Spencer Westbrook

Every few months we feature a different artist in our Tasting Room. Come sip wine and enjoy the works of a local painter, photographer, or sculptor.

Marcia Cummings (painter)

Marcia Cummings | photo © Donna Granata

Marcia Cummings | photo © Donna Granata

Marcia Cummings has been a resident of California since 1979. She was born in northern Wyoming and graduated from the University of Wyoming, Laramie,  with a B. A. and an M. A. in art. She continued her studies at the Art Students League in New York, Vancouver, B. C., Canada, and at the California Art Institute in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Marcia Cummings’ art includes oils, watercolors, drawings, and sculpture.  Her work is included in numerous art collections. Cummings has been documented in Ventura county as a “Focus on the Masters” artist.

She has both exhibited and won awards in numerous venues and competitions, including The Studio Gallery in Oxnard, The Buenaventura Gallery in Ventura,  the Ventura Art Walk, the Orlando Gallery and the Whispering Spirit in California, Studio Unique in Colorado, the Shiloh Gallery in Wyoming, Long Beach, Women Artists of the West, the Ventura County Fair, and the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard.

Since graduation, she resided in Denver, Colorado; Kamas, Utah (outside of Park City), and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Marcia has taught art at the University of Wyoming and various classes for adults in Denver, CO., Oxnard, and Ventura. She spent a number of years doing commercial art, mostly sculpture and illustration for Special Effects, Inc., in Morrison, CO, outside of Denver.

Marcia is married to Eugene “Doug” Hubbard, now a retired Special Effects artist for the motion picture industry. They have twin daughters, born in 1983.

Spencer Westbrook (photographer)

Spencer Westbrook

Spencer Westbrook

Spencer is a Southern California born, self-taught photographer of California back roads, landscapes, environmental sensitive areas, and native wildflowers. He produces images in both color and black and white, film and digital, 35mm and medium (6×7) format. Spencer has been taking photographs for 30+ years in California and throughout the west. 

Spencer is currently retired and living in Ventura, California for 20+ years, volunteering at Channel Islands National Park, member of California Native Plant Society, Nature Conservancy, Friends of Los Padres National Forest, Ocean Conservancy, Theodore Payne Organization, and other environmental organizations. He has led wildflower photo tours throughout California, has been an active group leader with Macro Photo Tours, a San Francisco based photo touring company, for 10 years.

Spencer has displayed and sold photography for 20+ years at various art and wine festivals while living in the bay area. He continues to sell images through Art Concepts in Walnut Creek, California. 

Winter Wine Club Pick-Up Party


Come celebrate the holiday season with Panaro Brothers Winery!

This year we will be spreading the holiday cheer in our beautiful winery. A delicious dinner will be set up in our Barrel Room so you can eat, drink, and socialize. It is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season with a night you will not forget! Each ticket includes one glass of wine and dinner. As always, we will be pouring tastes of exclusive PBW wines all night.  Tickets are very limited; make sure to RSVP today!

Date & Time: Saturday, December 13th | 5pm-8pm
Where: 4517 Market St #7, Ventura, CA
Price: $25 per person | $20 wine club members (limit 2 tickets at member price)
RSVP: Reservations are required.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 10th by clicking here or emailing

July 2014 Featured Artist – Nosim

Every few months we feature a different artist in our Tasting Room. Come sip wine and enjoy the works of a local painter, photographer, or sculptor.

Nosim-header“Nosim, a name given to me when I was doing work with disabled Massai children in Kenya, means “someone who brings joy and happiness to those around them.” When I started to paint regularly I realized how much joy it brought my life and I hope this passion and love is transmitted to those that view my work. I find solace in the colors and their movement, and believe that the process of the painting and the emotions released during that process are just as important as the finished work.”

“Before I painted on canvas I found my passion in the streets, on dirty and textured walls in Ecuador through street art and stencil work. In my recent work, I continue to use old textured surfaces, and love finding ‘trash’ that can be painted on. I am especially in love with old broken instruments, door panels of varying sizes, and large scraps of used wood.”

Nosim's artwork displayed in our Tasting Room

Nosim’s artwork displayed in our Tasting Room

“I want to capture moments of every emotion, every second of every face and shadow and truly capture the deepest part of the soul. I am especially interested in the parts of us that we never talk about, the raw parts, our very inner most being, and finding our truths that we hide away from even ourselves.”  - Nosim

Original Artwork, Prints, & Custom Murals

Harvest Passport 2014

presented by the Ventura County Winery Association

Harvest Passport

From August 1st – December 31st, 2014, the 2014 Harvest Passport is your ticket to enjoy wine tastings at ten different Southern California wineries (a $150 value).  Along this urban wine trail you’ll be able to experience artisan wines made with grapes from the lush vineyards of California’s famous growing regions – all the way from Napa to Santa Barbara.  Passport holders can sample the wines, tour the wineries’ production areas, and even help punch down newly-crushed grapes or sample wines straight from the barrel! 

Tickets:  $50 each
available through Living Social at this link

Bring your proof of purchase to any VCWA winery and you will be issued a 2014 Harvest Passport.  Use your passport to enjoy one full tasting flight at each participating winery.  Simply show your passport, and enjoy incredible wine tastings – it’s that easy.  10 wineries too much for one day?  Not to worry, you can use your passport at your leisure through December 30th.

Participating Wineries:

  • Panaro Brothers Winery
  • Four Brix Winery
  • Plan B Wine Cellars
  • Cantara Cellars
  • Magnavino Cellars
  • Herzog Wine Cellars
  • Camarillo Custom Crush Winery
  • San Vicente Cellars
  • Sunland Vintage Winery
  • Alma Sol Winery

2014 California Jazz & Wine Festival


Presented by the Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise

When: Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)
Where: Conejo Creek North Park
1351 E Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

The California Jazz and Wine Festival is a showcase of premier California jazz, wine and culinary professionals.  Now in its 3rd year, the festival will feature Panaro Brothers Winery and many other local wineries, microbreweries, restaurateurs and caterers.

This year’s entertainment includes the legendary band, Ambrosia, and will likely feature some if not all of last year’s performers, i.e., the Alex Smith Quartet, the Matt Finders Ensemble, Tin Drum, the Luis Conte Septet, and Carl Verheyen, as well as the Conejo Valley All Stars.

Tickets: General Admission $55. Available below or at

Mystery Wine Tasting Challenge

Challenge your taste buds and wine knowledge by participating in a private blind-tasting comparison of 5 white and 5 red wines!  Throughout the evening, you will have the opportunity to taste 10 wines, judging each for taste, quality, and body.  Each participant will mark their own tasting sheet and rank the wines from 1 to 5 in each class.

Wine tasting sheets will be collected near the end of the evening to tally the votes and the actual wines can then be revealed. Let’s see if your choice wins!

Winners in each category (red wines & white wines) will receive a PBW Gift Basket!


When:  Friday, May 2, 2014
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Where:  Panaro Brothers Winery, 4517 Market Street, Suite 7, Ventura, CA, 93003
(one block East of Telephone Road, corner of Market & Goodyear)

Food:  Appetizers will be served throughout the evening

TICKETS: No longer available. Event was 5/2/14.

If you have any questions feel free to call David Panaro at (805) 654-1577 or co-host Brenda Allison at (805) 644-4740.

All Panaro Brothers wines, artwork, and accessories will be available for sale at the end of the evening

See you here on May 2nd,

Vito Panaro
PBW Winemaker

5th Annual Valentine ‘n Wine Passport

2014 Valentine 'n Wine

2014 Valentine ‘n Wine

Presented by the Ventura County Winery Association
Friday, February 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM – Monday, February 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM (PST)

This Valentine’s Day weekend, the wineries of the Ventura County Winery Association invite guests to sample a tasting flight at each of their wineries over the course of four days for one wallet-friendly price. A $110 value for just $45 a Valentine ‘n Wine passport is the ideal way to spend a relaxing weekend sampling the best of Ventura County wines while enjoying the beautiful coastline.

Your Valentine‘n Wine Passport Includes:

  • A Wine Tasting flight at eight wineries (approx. five wines each)
  • One-of-a-kind food-pairings at many locations.
  • Wine purchase specials at many locations.
  • Your passport is valid Friday February 14 thru Monday February 17, 2014 during each participating winery’s normal business hours.
  • Multiple wineries to visit; visit for a current event map and winery list
  • $110 Value: Passport Deal Price – $45 per person in advance, $50 if purchased during the event February 14-17.

Your Online Purchase must be exchanged for an Event Passport at an event location. Click here for an event map.  If you have questions please call (805) 603-1099.

The buyer associated with an Online Ticket order must present their Online Ticket or Confirmation Email to receive Event Passports. Tickets may be exchanged at participating locations during their normal business hours.
All ticket sales are final. Tickets are non-refundable, non-cancellable, and non-transferable. Tickets are only good for the event described, on the dates and times indicated.

Local Food & Wine Challenge 2014

Local Food & Wine Challenge 2014 - Presented by the Ventura County Wine Trail

Local Food & Wine Challenge 2014 – Presented by the Ventura County Wine Trail

The Ventura County Wine Trail’s
Local Food & Wine Challenge returns to Ventura County!

Teams of local chefs and winemakers will match up to see who can create the best food and wine pairing in Ventura County. The winner of the “Best Food & Wine Pairing” award will be chosen by a blind-tasting panel of judges, and announced during the evening. Attendees also have a HUGE part to play in the evening’s festivities by choosing their favorite for the “People’s Choice” award. Together, the very best pairing will be selected and awarded the 2014 trophies.

The evening will begin with champagne and live jazz. From there, guests sample the area’s finest wines and cuisine in an unmatched array of food and wine pairings! Proceeds from the evening will go to benefit Ventura County FOOD Share, one of the area’s largest food banks.
Join us for this culinary concert, featuring decadent food and wine pairings, champagne reception, live music and more!

Come see us! Our wine will be paired with a dish from Aloha Steakhouse and you will not want to miss it!

Price: $55 advance, $60 at the door (Ticket price includes food, wine, champagne, live music and parking.) Note: This is a 21 and over event.

Poker Fun!

Join us for 5-card Stud Poker on Saturday, January 18th, 2014.  Pick up 1 card from each of the 5 locations on the Off Market Street Tasting Trail while enjoying food, beer, and wine tasting. PRIZES will be awarded!

Start at any of the 5 locations and finish at The Cave inside Ventura Wine Company where the winner will be announced at 5:30pm.


The trail includes Panaro Brothers Winery, Surf BreweryPlan B Wine CellarsFour Brix Winery, & The Cave inside Ventura Wine Company.

For more info, call us at 805-654-1577 or contact any of the other businesses.