Partage is a boutique family owned and operated Santa Cruz, California wine label founded by Sommelier and Restaurateur Mark Bright, to produce wines in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and more specifically from the Ben Lomond Mountain AVA. Founder Mark Bright is Winemaker, while his wife Tingting Bright provides business management and financial expertise.
Partage means “to share” in French, and that is how Mark created Partage by sharing wine together with his friends.
Mark has traveled to every wine region of the world and become a 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. Another vineyard site is Coast Grade, a limestone based vineyard closest to the ocean, produces fruit driven Pinot Noir with brilliant acidity. Partage also produces wines from the Gabilan Mountains, which holds their own unique qualities. The bottling of Partage are focused on single vineyard expressions and smaller production to extract the purest and highest quality of the harvest.
Proprietor & 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 team on his 21st birthday working at Aqua Restaurant. His first travels took him to the regions of Burgundy and Rhone Valley, where he found his inspiration in the wine world and has kept that focus and advocacy throughout his career.
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 the opening sommelier for the flagship programs at the Mina restaurants.
In 2009, Mark and his partner opened Saison in San Francisco. Saison has been a "Grand Award" recipient from Wine Spectator in 2014 - 2019, and one of the World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The team just opened their first casual restaurant Angler in San Francisco in September 2018 and in Los Angeles in June 2019.
Mark is a passionate advocate of winemaking and vineyards in Santa Cruz. It was the diverse soil types and ocean influenced climate that he finds most interesting and drove him to the region. He also produces wines from the Gabilan Mountains, which holds their own unique qualities. The bottling of Partage are focused on single vineyard expressions and smaller production to extract the purest and highest quality of the harvest.