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Copious Winery

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By Josie Cowden Right next door to the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz is the Backstage Lounge—and this place is doing some fun stuff these days. An event I attended recently at this cozy little restaurant was a dinner put on by Moveable Feast. Marisa Johnston, personal chef and catering expert, organized a sumptuous spread of three courses—all perfectly prepared in Backstage’s compact kitchen. As the guests mingled and munched on delicious appetizers, my friend and I enjoyed a pouring of Copious Sauvignon Blanc that I had taken along to have with dinner. Checking out the menu online ahead of time, my friend and I both selected fish as a main course, and the Sauvignon Blanc was a perfect pairing.

This vibrant Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey County, was a gold medal winner in the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition this year. Kudos go to winemaker Lance Campbell for giving us this crisp white wine—complete with a beautiful perfumed floral nose of guava and lemon zest. Flavors of passion fruit and nectarine are a treat for the palate, and the bright uplifting finish is just lovely. At $22 this is a very worthwhile springtime buy.
Moveable Feast is planning more of these fun dinners at Backstage Lounge, so check their website for upcoming events.

Copious Winery, 427A Swift St., Santa Cruz, 425-WINE, Tasting room hours are 12:30-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Marisa Johnston, PersonalChef/Catering, 402-5104, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,

Wine Events:

Wine Wednesdays at Shadowbrook

Naumann Vineyards will be pouring their wines at Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola for Winemaker Wednesday on May 23 from 5-8 p.m. These events take place in the Rock Room Lounge and all the wines from the featured winery are 50 percent off the regular price. Featured wines are available in flights (also 50 percent off) accompanied by a complimentary appetizer. The last of this season’s Wine Wednesdays will be Storrs Winery on May 30. Info:

Roaring Camp Railroads

Join the winemakers of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winemakers Association for a unique event of food and wine pairing. This fun afternoon includes music and a trip on the Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Express. From 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 20. Tickets: $55. Info: or 685-8463.

Michael’s on Main Wine-pairing Dinners

Every Tuesday, Michael’s on Main in Soquel hosts wine-pairing dinners for $25. Mark your calendars for May 29 when Michael’s turns into a steakhouse and features the wonderful wines of Hunter Hill in Soquel. May 22 features Fiscalini Farms and their handmade cheeses. Richard Grant/Rusack will pour.

Michael’s on Main, 2591 Main St., Soquel, 479-9777,

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