in the Santa Cruz Mountains extends back in time to the last quarter of the 19th century. Paul Masson was winning awards in Europe at that time for his “Eye of the Partridge” champagne. That tradition was carried on by Martin Ray through the middle of the 20th century until his death in 1976. The flame of champagne was re-kindled in 1989 by EQUINOX and at Thomas Fogarty Winery, under the steady hand of Micheal Martella. Other wineries have followed suit as the tradition extends into the 21st century.
EQUINOX continues this tradition of the methode champenoise, producing only sparkling wines in the time-honored way.