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Watsonville wine festival a first of its kind

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 24th, 2013

Mikael Wargin bottles wine Tuesday at the Santa Cruz Winemaker Studio on Hangar Way. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE More than 10 small wineries will make themselves known to the public during "Berries & Bottles Boutique Winery Showcase" Aug. 3 at Santa Cruz Winemakers' Studio.

According to Mica Raas, owner of Myka Cellars, the event, which is the first of its kind in Watsonville, is an opportunity to "create a space to showcase the little guys."

"There are lots of tiny wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains," he said.

Many of those never have a chance to showcase their wines at a public tasting event, Raas said, making "Berries & Bottles" a perfect place for them to do so.

"Small wineries will never make it without local support," he said.

The list of wineries in the event include Armitage Wines, Bottle Jack Wines, Dancing Creek Winery, Domenicos, La Honda, Myka Cellars, Roudon-Smith, Wargin Wines and more.

Each winery will have complimentary tastings and wine for sale.

Mikael Wargin, owner of Wargin Wines, said "Berries & Bottles" gives the public a chance to experience wineries that they might never have heard of.

Raas expects the event to draw 200 people.

Catered appetizers to pair with the wines, live music and local artwork will round out the day.

"Berries & Bottles" is being cross-promoted with the Watsonville Strawberry Festival at Monterey Bay.

On Aug. 2, the studio will host a First Friday art show from 5-8 p.m.

"Berries & Bottles Boutique Winery Showcase" takes place on Aug. 3 from noon to 5 p.m. at Santa Cruz Winemakers' Studio, 18 Hangar Way, Suite C, in Watsonville. Cost is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For information, visit www.scwinemakerstudio.com or email info@scwinemakerstudio.com.

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