Scott and I had the opportunity to do a combination wine tasting and magic show at Monks Wine Lounge in Chico recently. The magician, David Minken, is an international champion and through a personal connection, the town of Chico was very fortunate to have him perform there. His expertise is close-up magic so David presents his sleight of hand to an audience of under 50 people. He normally appears in Southern California, for the Magic Castle and celebrities like Johnny Depp.
A wine tasting is the ideal prelude to the show. Scott and I had the opportunity to introduce five of our wines to the participants at the wine bar. The wine was accompanied by delicious appetizers prepared by chef/owner Kevin Coy. His wife, Keely, is the sommelier. The tasting/show benefitted the local Humane Society.
Chico was an impressive little town. We did 4 shows in two nights so it gave us a chance to explore the area. After browsing the Saturday morning Farmer's Market, Bidwell Park was the ideal place to stroll. It is one of the largest municipal parks in the U.S. We stayed at a delightful B&B, the Goodman House, owned by Tom and Margo Graham who are wonderful hosts.
All in all, wine, magic, gourmet food and Chico made for a perfect weekend.