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(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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2015 Sauvignon Blanc | 95 Points
December 12, 2016

This is dense and oily with lots of dried fruit and sliced grapefruit and ripe peaches. A full bodied white that shows the full Burgundy work with bagttonage and intense decadence. 100% sauvignon. Exciting and rich style. Only four barrels made. Drink now.

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2014 Cuvee 37.2 | 95 Points
December 12, 2016

A very fine red with currants, berries and walnuts that follow through to a full body that's tight and focused, not to mention beautifully polished. 65% merlot, 30% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot. Better in 2018.

Antonio Galloni for Vinous Logo

2014 Lightning Bolt | 92-94 Points

The 2014 Lightning Bolt is powerful, but also has a delicate side to it, something that is quite common in this vintage. Dark stone fruit, menthol and licorice are all nicely delineated in the glass. Beams of tannin give the wine its youthful grip and overall feel.— Antonio Galloni

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2013 Le Gauchiste | 94 Points
October 2015

A rich, unctuous wine, the 2013 La Gauchiste offers up a compelling concoction of blueberry jam, spices, mint, licorice, lavender and crème de cassis. The 2013 is unabashedly opulent and forward. It should drink well with minimal cellaring.— Antonio Galloni

Robert Parker Logo

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.

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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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