(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 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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Sauvignon Blanc 2013 | 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.

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2011 Cabernet Sauvignon | 90+ POINTS
Bright medium ruby. Much fresher on the nose than the 2011 32.7 red blend, offering aromas of black cherry, leather, flowers, cedary oak and pepper. At once sweet and savory, boasting very good tangy intensity to the flavors of bitter cherry, chocolatey oak and black pepper. Finishes with serious, broad tannins and a building oakiness that makes me want to drink this wine on the early side.— Stephen Tanzer

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.

Best Wines of 2013
December 22, 2013 By Bill St. John

The 2009 Coup de Foudre's several fairly prominent features are tied together seamlessly; you know there is so much on your tongue, but it's whispering through.

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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

37.2 Cuvee 2010 | 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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