Raise a Glass to Shakespeare Santa Cruz

Kyle Clausen, Managing Director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz welcomes in the 2012 summer season with a toast. “I think there is nothing that goes together better than our Festival Glen and wine. It has become a tradition for many thousands of people to bring a picnic and a bottle of wine up to the Glen and see a fantastic show each summer.”

“Carrying local wines makes a ton of sense for us, especially locally-owned wineries with such venerable histories in our community. Among them, Bargetto and Sones – wineries are great friends of Shakespeare Santa Cruz and of the UCSC Arts Division, so we’re happy to support them in whatever way we can,” he adds.

This season, Shakespeare’s popular comedy Twelfth Night plays on the Mainstage; the world premiere of The Man in the Iron Mask and the powerful and thrilling Henry IV Part Two plays under the redwoods in the natural setting of the Glen. Patrons may bring their own picnic or purchase food, wine and other beverages in the lobby area.

Coincidentally, the perfect wine quote appears in this season’s Henry IV Part 2. “A man cannot make him laugh – but that’s no marvel; he drinks no wine.”

The festival began on July 24 and concludes on August 26. The Food Court is open prior to each performance and through intermission. Wines by the bottle or glass ($8.) are offered one hour before performances and during intermission at the beverage bar.

Bargetto Chaucer’s Mead

Bargetto winery has supplied Chaucer’s Mead wine to Shakespeare Santa Cruz theater-goers since the beginning of the summer festival, the honey coming from Soquel neighbor and beekeeper Greg Wall. Made in the traditional style with orange, it is produced with pure fresh honey without additions of concentrates, artificial flavorings or colorings.

Sale of Bargetto La Vita wine benefits Shakespeare Santa Cruz

At the June 3, 2012 La Vita release party of the 2008 vintage, Bargetto winery donated projected proceeds of the celebrated wine in the amount of $5,000 to Shakespeare Santa Cruz. John Bargetto, third generation winemaker, says, “This year we chose Shakespeare Santa Cruz as our beneficiary because of the outstanding contribution in bringing Shakespeare’s works to the Santa Cruz community.”

When asked about the custom in which newlyweds consumed a daily cup of mead for a month, which explains the term honeymoon, Bargetto said, “I can’t say that my wife and I drank mead when we married…but we do have three children!”

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