August 23, 2016 – Capitola’s Cava Wine Bar is getting a makeover by new owner Mackenzie Fullmer, who also owns Second Street Cafe in Watsonville.
She’s partnering with one of San Francisco’s foremost sommeliers Sarah Trubnick, owner of the Barrel Room restaurants in SF and Oakland.
Cava’s new focus is on hard-to-find international wines at reasonable prices, and on wine education.
The wine bar now includes a bottle shop with more than 200 labels, domestic and imported. Wine is served by the glass or in flights that take the drinker around the globe. They’ve also added local craft beers from Discretion, Corralitos Brewing and Uncommon Brewers.
“Our idea is to guide people, so that when you come in and have a flight, you are going to learn something about the grapes,” says Fullmer. One flight, for example, allows wine lovers to explore the origins of Zinfandel, with tastes of a Croatian Plavac Mali wine and an Italian Primitivo, alongside a juicy California Old Vine Zin.
Starting in September, Trubnick will be at Cava every Friday to advise shoppers and chat with customers. “It’s amazing to get her kind of expertise and knowledge, yet she is approachable and loves when people are interested in wine,” says Fullmer.
Trubnick, who also holds a masters degree in laser physics from UCLA, is a whirlwind of activity. Her SF Barrel Room just received Wine Spectator’s Best of Award for Excellence and appears on Wine & Spirit Magazine’s list of top San Francisco restaurants.
The revamped Capitola wine bar is also starting to serve food at new standup bars and tables, handcrafted from a solid Redwood slab. A tapas menu includes items such as steamed mussels, watermelon and feta bites and a charcuterie plate.
Special events are on tap for this fall including Meet the Makers tastings with local winemakers and a monthly birthday bash.
Deborah Luhrman is publisher and editor of Edible Monterey Bay. A lifelong journalist, she has reported from around the globe, but now prefers covering our flourishing local food scene and growing her own vegetables in the Santa Cruz Mountains.