Partage is a boutique Santa Cruz, California wine label founded by Sommelier and Wine Director Mark Bright, to produce wines in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and more specifically from the Ben Lomond Mountain AVA.
Partage means “to share” in French, and that is how Mark created Partage by sharing wine together with his friends.
Mark has spent the last 16 years as a Sommelier, traveling to every wine region of the world and becoming an specialist in the wines from Burgundy, France. He found the micro-climates in the Santa Cruz Mountains to resemble some of the greatest regions of France and was fascinated by the county.
The wines focus on the most interesting plots in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Bald Mountain, a higher elevation site, produces lean and aromatic Chardonnay that then sees Francois Freres Burgundian barrels in the winery to keep the acidity fresh. Coast Grade, a limestone based vineyard closest to the ocean, produces fruit driven Pinot Noir with brilliant acidity.
Mark Bright, Winemaker
Born in Chicago, Mark Bright has been passionate about wine since he went to Europe at the age of 15. He joined the Bellagio Sommelier team on his 21st birthday working on the floor at Aqua Restaurant.
In 2005, Mark was honored as one of the "Best New Sommeliers' by Wine and Spirits and was featured in Wine Spectator as a "New Wine Turk" in 2006.
Mark was chosen to be the opening sommelier for the flagship programs at the Mina restaurants.
In 2009, Mark went on to partner with Joshua Skenes in opening the Michelin three-star Saison in San Francisco. Saison has been a "Grand Award" recipient from Wine Spectator in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and one of the World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2016 and 2017.