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September 09, 2011

Taste Wine with a Local Surfer and Winemaker!

September is wine month in California! To get in the spirit we wanted to showcase one of the great wineries that makes Santa Cruz a great place to taste and enjoy wine! Slip into Copious, a hip, art adorned tasting room at Surf City Vintners where the wine is as unique as the winemaker himself.  Don’t be fooled by Lance Campbell’s laid back personality:  his passion shows up in the flavors of Copious’ award winning Pinot Noir and specialty Cabernet Sauvignon. Even though Lance has only been on Santa Cruz’s Westside a short time, the winery feels quintessential “Santa Cruz.”  When not busy making and pouring wine, Lance can be found at one of Santa Cruz’s many beaches catching a few waves.  This doesn’t shut down the tasting room; he can trust the wine knowledge to his wife and winemaking partner, Brandie while he’s on the waves.  Lance has been a professional winemaker for ten years, “cutting his teeth” so to speak at different wineries in areas in the Sierras and non-coastal regions. He has now returned to his California coastal roots where he first learned the art of winemaking.  The experience of different climates and appellations makes his viticulture knowledge wide and flexible.  Campbell’s philosophy is to keep the focus and skill simple — letting great winemaking be what it is supposed to be.  He also promises to stay true to traditional style and to use only the finest of grapes from best vineyards in California. The Copious visit doesn’t stop at the wine.  Modern art from local artists line the walls of the tasting room, adding another facet to the experience.  Wine Club Members are treated to private events and discounts on wines and tastings.  All visitors, however, will feel right at home at Copious. Lance and his wife’s relaxed style and desire to always have fun and meet new people, is as contagious as the love they have for their wine. A must try for your visit: Copious’ Award-winning 2009 Pinot Noir, Central Coast.  Or visit other wineries and tasting rooms throughout the region!

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