(koo dah foo drah) - The moment when "lightning strikes" or something unforgettable occurs that you want to capture forever.

Our Wines

Coup De Foudre wines are also proudly poured at Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley in Yountville. For tasting appointments while in Napa Valley please contact us.

Our Story

One score and three years ago, I met my wife, who was living abroad in France. She was not yet my wife nor did she know she would be. While at a soiree in the French Alps, and with matters seemingly in hand, I sauntered off to the bar to work my French for a refill of Malibu and fruit juice. It was then that I noticed a Frenchman awfully close to my gal, making her eyes flutter and her beret tipsy.

He must have the greatest one liner in the world, I thought as I yelled “FEU!” (‘fire’ in French). Once the room cleared out, I ask my sweetheart what he could possibly have said to make her fall into his arms. Her answer? "He held my hands and asked if I believed in the Coup de Foudre."

After years of thinking he’d called her a cute cauliflower, I consulted a French friend who defined Coup de Foudre

as a lightning strike, something unforgettable-"love at first sight"-be it food, wine or someone incredible.

For the past 20 years, we have had the great fortune and honor to work with wine, savor it, and witness its impact on consumers as they navigate the wonders of wine and the sheer pleasure that it brings. We have watched many people commemorate special times in their lives with wine. A few years ago, we embarked on our path to create a unique wine with elements worthy of a Coup de Foudre.

Now that you know our story, we hope that you will share Coup de Foudre wines with the special people in your lives—and that Coup de Foudre will be part of the stories you are inspired to share with us in the future.

Capture the moment! —John Schwartz

Press & Reviews

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2011 Cabernet Sauvignon | 93 points
August 2014

Intense and richly flavored, with a deep, persistent mix of black berry, mocha, black licorice, espresso and cedar flavors. Tightly focused and graceful, this ends with a long, lingering finish that keeps reverberating with lively flavors. Drink now through 2024. 550 cases made.— J.L.

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2013 Sauvignon Blanc | 90 points
July 7, 2014

Features snappy acidity to the succulent nectarine, lemon and melon flavors, with lime and grapefruit zest accents. The white floral notes gain momentum on the finish. Drink now. 200 cases made. — M.W.

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon LB | 93 points
March 31, 2014

Packed with Rich, dense flavors, this offers strong cedar-scented oak notes, with strong, rich blackberry and dark berry fruit that's raw, intense and tannic-balanced. The woodsy flavors dominate the finish. Best from 2015 to 2026.

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2012 37.2 Cuvee | 94 POINTS
The 2012 Proprietary Red Blend Cuvée 37.2 (85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot) is a gorgeous example of a Merlot-dominated wine. Abundant aromas of chocolate, mocha, espresso roast and black fruits jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored wine. It cuts a broad, full-bodied swath across the palate with no hard edges. The tannin is melted, and the wine is sexy, full-throttle, and beautifully pure and long. Drink now-2030.

Cabernet Sauvignon | 98 POINTS
Coup De Foudre really is a stunning Cabernet, soft and complex, rich in blackberry and chocolate fruit, and irresistibly delicious. Somehow they have made a wine that’s powerful and opulent and impossibly rich, yet maintains and almost weightless elegance. — Steve Heimoff

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2010 37.2 Cuvee | 94 points
Balances power and finesse, offering aromas of currant and violet that open to rich yet densely packed flavors of blackberry, olive and loam. The tight finish of tannins suggest a long life. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2015 through 2021. From California. — T.F.

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