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WineBlanc De Blanc Sparkling Wine is best shared with the one you love

Equinox has moved to a different location—they’re now in the middle of the action of Surf City Vintners on Ingalls Street, opposite Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing on the Westside. My husband and I had a splendid time last month celebrating with winery owners Barry and Jennifer Jackson at their grand-opening party. The new spot has much more exposure and foot traffic.

Sampling winemaker Barry Jackson’s delicious sparkling wines is like tasting the nectar of the gods. When the cork pops and the bubbles fizz, a glass of his beautifully made méthode champenoise bubbly becomes the perfect libation to enjoy at special events. Aged 11 years en tirage, Jackson’s 1998 Blanc De Blanc Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay Cuvee ($60) is dry, elegant and bursting with crisp fruit. It’s for those who crave something special—as this experienced winemaker cuts no corners in production.

With Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve coming up, a celebratory glass of Equinox is in order. Jackson says that his sparkling wine pairs well with fresh strawberries, oysters on the half shell, blue cheese on sourdough bread, and much more. “But best of all,” Jackson says, “is a sweet passionate kiss from the one you love.” Oh, yes, Valentine’s Day is around the corner, too.

Equinox Wines, 334 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz, 471-8608.

Passport Day – A Time to go Wine Tasting

The next Passport event is Saturday, Nov. 21. Providing you have a Passport ($55), you can go wine tasting for free at participating wineries. Info:

CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION Head to Equinox’s new location on the Westside to try their Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine. PHOTO: COURTESY OF EQUINOX

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