(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

Antonio Galloni for Vinous Logo

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

Wine Spectator Logo

2012 37.2 Cuvee | Top Score 93 POINTS
October 2015

Complex and beautifully focused, with floral blackberry and spicy dark chocolate aromas, featuring rich yet densely structured flavors of currant, licorice and black olive. The tannins are big but fleshy. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2017 to 2023. 350 cases made — T.F.

Antonio Galloni for Vinous Logo

2013 Sauvignon Blanc | 92 points
December 2014

White flowers, pear, melon and peach all meld together in the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, a wine that brings together expressive, varietal aromatics with lovely texture in its fruit. The 2012 is soft and understated on the palate, but there is plenty going on in the glass.— Antonio Galloni

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.

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.

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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