This has been a long time coming. I have been inspired over and over by this family and their winery but today, they took inspiration to a whole new level.
Let me start from the beginning…
About a year ago, my uncle Sam (that just sounds funny!) told me that he had become a member of a local wine club. Knowing him and his superior taste in wine, I was little surprised to hear him speak so highly of a local Santa Cruz winery. As he told me about his experience with this winery, I quickly learned that there was so much more to it than just the wine.
Shortly after this conversation, my aunt and uncle invited me to join them for a tasting and I quickly fell in love. The family history of this winery truly sets it apart from the others. The Bargetto family has been making wine in Santa Cruz for over 75 years. Two brothers joined forces and the result has been years of award winning wines.
One of my favorite things about this winery is their dedication to philanthropic efforts. Each year, they choose a local non-profit to support with proceeds from their now infamous blend, La Vita. Historically, this wine has beat out other California blends and been awarded the prestigious gold medal and double gold medals from the California State Fair Wine Competition. What makes me so happy is that this humble, nonchalant winery is shining far brighter than its Napa and Sonoma competitors.
Today I was privileged to attend the unveiling of their 2008 La Vita and the announcement of the benefactor of their donation- Shakespere Santa Cruz! Having attended several of the Shakespere in the Park events, I have grown quite fond of the the group. It’s true that I have fallen asleep in most of the shows I have seen but come on, it’s Shakespere. And let’s be real: 2 and a half hours of “thou” and “hither” after two bottles of wine and you would be sleeping too!
It was a day of good food, great music, spectacular weather fantastic company (thank you to my aunt Debbie for joining me!) and amazingly smooth and supple wines… all to support a great local cause.
Next time you find yourself in Santa Cruz, go stop in and say hello to the Bargetto’s and drink some delicious wines!