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Sandi Coero
 
February 25, 2020 | Sandi Coero

Breathless Brut Featured in Los Gatos Magazine

Sonoma Calling | Laura Ness | Los Gatos Magazine | February/March 2020

Breathless Wines - Brut Sparkling - Sonoma County

What's up with the dame on the bottle? It's a tribute by three sisters, Sharon, Rebecca and Cynthia, to their late mother, Martha, lost to a pulmonary condition. It conveys her passion for life, reminding us to take each breath with thoughtful, joyous intent. That's what sparkling is all about. Penny Gadd-Coster, recently named "Winemaker of the Year" by the North Bay Business Journal, crafts fine sparklings like this using methode champenoise. This Brut splashes the tip of your tongue with a fine citrus-infused mousse, delicately pirouetting across it like a tropical breeze of guava and pineapple, finishing with a touch of yeast. Made from 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, and aged 24 months, it claimed Best Sparkling and Best of Sonoma at the 2019 Harvest Challenge.

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Time Posted: Feb 25, 2020 at 11:16 AM
Sandi Coero
 
January 31, 2020 | Sandi Coero

95 Points for Breathless Blanc de Noirs!

Breathless, Sonoma County (California) Blanc De Noirs NV ($32):   Pinot Meunier makes itself known in this tasty blend, with 13% joining 45% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay.  It adds floral and cherry notes to the expected citrus and apple, making for a very complex Blanc De Noir worthy of its price and your cellar.   Fine mousse, bright flavors, and good depth.  Very impressive!  A Platinum Award winner at the 2020 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.   95 Points.

-Rich Cook Jan 28, 2020 

Time Posted: Jan 31, 2020 at 5:28 PM
Sandi Coero
 
January 25, 2020 | Sandi Coero

Mike Dunne's Tasting Notes on Best of Class Winners | SF Chronicle Wine Competition

Mike Dunne is a longtime SFCWC wine judge and the former food editor, wine columnist, and restaurant critic. This year, Dunne shares his insights and tasting notes for each of the 180 Best of Class winners, giving wine consumers an inside look at why these wines were named the best of each category.

Blanc de Noirs Breathless NV Blanc de Noirs:

"Breathless" is aptly named, taking away your breath just like your first visit to Yosemite did, thanks to its brassy twilight color, effusive mousse, suggestions of granite as well as wild fruit and almonds in flavor, and a finish as feathery and bracing as spray from Bridalveil Fall. Winner of the sparkling-wine sweepstakes award at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Read all of Mike's Tasting Notes HERE.

Time Posted: Jan 25, 2020 at 4:23 PM
Sandi Coero
 
January 13, 2020 | Sandi Coero

Breathless Wins Sweepstakes award at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!

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Cloverdale, CA, January 10, 2020 – There were over sixty-five judges, representing various North American wine regions, evaluating nearly 6,700 wines from over 1,000 wineries for the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Bob Fraser, SFCWC executive director, says, “The response from the wineries of North America at our 2020 competition was outstanding. Sweepstakes awards hail from Ohio, New Mexico, and California.”

The Sweepstake winners are as follows:

Sparkling Sweepstake Winner:
Breathless (CA) Sonoma County Blanc de Noir $32.00

White Sweepstake Winner:
Trader Moon Wine Company (CA) 2018 California Honey Moon Viognier $5.99
Rose Sweepstake Winner:
Ferrari-Carano (CA) 2019 Sonoma County Dry Sangiovese Rose $15.00
Red Sweepstake Winner:
deLorimier Winery (CA) 2016 Crazy Creek Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve $75.00
Specialty Sweepstake Winner:
Ferrante Winery (OH) 2017 Grand River Valley Vidal Blanc Ice Wine $30.00
Packaging Sweepstake Winner:
VARA (NM) New Mexico Vina Cardinal Rose Wine Label $32.00

Consumers are invited to enjoy these award-winning wines at the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco on February 15, 2020, from 1 to 4:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased here.

Time Posted: Jan 13, 2020 at 6:07 PM
Sandi Coero
 
December 3, 2019 | Sandi Coero

Breathless Steals the Show at the Harvest Challenge Wine Competition!

In this last competition of 2019, Breathless Wines saved the best for last! Winning Best of Show for the second time this year and numerous double gold medals!

Breathless Brut

  • 98 Points
  • Double Gold
  • Best of Class
  • Best Sparkling Wine
  • and Best of Sonoma County!

Breathless Blanc de Blancs

  • 97 Points & Double Gold

Breathless Blanc de Noirs

  • 94 Points & Double Gold

Breathless 2012 Brut

  • 93 Points & Double Gold

The Harvest Challenge is a wine competition that bases its judging on a group of vineyards (or even vines) from the same region, belonging to a specific appellation, and sharing the same type of soil, weather conditions, grapes and winemaking savoir-faire, which contribute to give the specific personality to the wine.

In other competitions, this factor is ignored. At the Harvest Challenge, judges taste wines with other wines of the same appellation. Thus, with cross-regional competition removed, the inherent quality of wines can be seen without the influences that sometimes eclipse even a wine of very high quality.

Beyond the determination of medals, the Harvest Challenge affords its winners a unique selling proposition - its region ranked against its competitors. Harvest Challenge recognizes wine entries that best exemplify the soil and climate of their respective viticultural areas, and acknowledges its influence on wine quality. A medal in this wine competition not only gives your wine prestige and selling power, it adds talking points in your retail room. Favorable awards support increased local and regional sales. A win in the Harvest Challenge can put your wine into a whole new sales category.

A goal of Harvest Challenge is to learn how soil and climate contribute to the excellence and distinctiveness of wines. Over the course of this event, judges have learned to recognize when a wine's region is - and is not - a factor of wine quality. We think the bar has been lifted a little, and as a result, each year we perceive greater interest by winemakers and critics alike. Favorable awards support increased local and regional sales. A win in the Harvest Challenge can put your wine into a whole new sales category.  All wines are judged in the context of their viticultural region in order to accomplish two things: greater sensitivity to the complexities and nuances of regional wines and also to measure the influence of regional soil and weather characteristics on the taste and quality of individual wines.

According to Harvest Challenge spokesman, Christopher Sawyer, "The Harvest Challenge is a judge’s dream come true. Beyond varietal category and price point, this one-of-a-kind competition is based on appellation instead of mass-production. The end result is more definition of the wines made with grapes inside the boundaries of a specific viticultural area and distinct flavors that have helped  wines rise to the top of the scale in the global marketplace."

 

 

 

Time Posted: Dec 3, 2019 at 4:10 PM
Sandi Coero
 
September 5, 2019 | Sandi Coero

Glass of Bubbly Review of Breathless Wines

“Sparkling Wines That Pair Well With Life’s Special Moments”

Breathless Wines is located North of San Francisco in the State of California, America, it was built by three sisters, Sharon, Rebecca, and Cynthia. Along with Breathless Winemaker Penny Gadd-Coster, the sisters are dedicated to making Sparkling Wine in the traditional method from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.

Each bottle is aged with the yeast still in the bottle for 2 to 4 years. Their bottles are riddled mechanically using a machine called a gyropalette this simulates manual riddling on a larger scale.

We have two of Breathless Wines here to review, the Blanc De Noirs and the Blanc De Blancs.

The woman on the label is a tribute to their Mother, Martha, and all the men and women who teach and remind us to take each breath we are given as a gift to be cherished.

Blanc De Noirs Tasting Notes: “Strawberries and raspberries on the nose. Fruity flavours with green apple skin with gooseberries in the mouth. A Silver Medal Winner in the Fruity & Floral Category in The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2017.” Click for Full Review.

Blanc De Blancs Tasting Notes: “Slight touch of petrol with citrus on the nose. Tropical fruits, pineapple and citrus in the mouth. A Bronze Medal Winner in the Fruity & Floral Category in The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2017.” Click for Full Review. 

In my opinion, they are both fabulous wines, with each bringing something different to the table, even though they are non-vintage wines they have both aged very well and I personally think they would now receive a higher score in The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards this year.

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Oliver Walkey

Journalist focused on Champagne, Sparkling Wines and Food Pairings. Social Media manager for Glass of Bubbly.

Time Posted: Sep 5, 2019 at 8:08 PM
Sandi Coero
 
February 10, 2019 | Sandi Coero

Breathless Wines Gold at American Fine Wine Competition, San Francisco Chronicle

Gold Medals & great scores for Breathless as we kick off the 2019 Wine Competition season!

The Blanc de Blancs was awarded a gold medal from the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competitions, one of the largest and most prestigious competitions in the U.S.

And the following scores and medals were awareded from the 2019 American Fine Wine Competition. The AFWC, which began in 2007, has become the most influential wine invitational in the country. The competition takes place each January, and is followed by a series of SIP Social events that feature the award winning wines and help to raise money for a variety of non-profits and continues to promote the wines throughout the year.

  • Breathless Blanc de Noirs - 94 Points & Double Gold Medal
  • Breathless Brut - 92 Points
  • Breathless 2012 Brut - 92 Points
  • Breathless Blanc de Blancs - 91 Points
Time Posted: Feb 10, 2019 at 12:51 PM
Sandi Coero
 
June 19, 2018 | Sandi Coero

Breathless Featured in the San Jose Mercury News

Breathless was featured in the San Jose Mercury News on April 28, 2018 as a special feature for Mother's Day! Excerpt below and click here to view the whole article.

Breathless Wines

If it’s bubbles and baubles mom is after, a visit to Breathless Wines is in order. Sisters Sharon Cohn and Rebecca and Cynthia Faust, who have eight children and one grandchild between them, launched their label as a tribute to their mother, Martha.

Like their wine, the tasting room also sparkles. Crafted out of four shipping containers that feel more chic than industrial, the room doubles as a boutique, filled with jewelry and a collection of pretty Champagne flutes and coupes.

Surrounded by a flower garden, the patio is an attractive oasis a few blocks off Healdsburg’s town square, and a great place to sample sparkling wine from award-winning winemaker Penny Gadd-Coster. The pinot noir-based Blanc de Noirs is a treat, as is the Brut, which is served with a side of potato chips.

Details: Tastings are available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday, for $16 or up to $69, if you opt for the sabrage experience, which includes a lesson in opening a bottle of bubbly with a saber. 499 Moore Lane, Healdsburg; www.breathlesswines.com

 

Time Posted: Jun 19, 2018 at 6:51 PM
Sandi Coero
 
April 16, 2018 | Sandi Coero

Breathless Wines Earns 10 Gold Medals so far in 2018!

Breathless Wines is having an extraordinary wine competition season so far in 2018, here are some noteworthy medals!

Blanc de Blancs

  • Double Gold - American Fine Wine Competition
  • Double Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • Gold & 90 Points - San Diego Wine Challenge
     

Blanc de Noirs

  • Double Gold - American Fine Wine Competition
  • Gold & 90 Points - San Diego Wine Challenge
  • Gold - Monterey International Wine Competition

Brut

  • Gold - American Fine Wine Competition
  • Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2012 Brut

  • Gold - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Brut Rose

  • Double Gold - American Fine Wine Competition

 

Time Posted: Apr 16, 2018 at 6:11 PM
Sandi Coero
 
January 4, 2018 | Sandi Coero

Breathless on the Weekly Wine Show

Breathless wines and an interview with Sharon Cohn was featured on the Weekly Wine Show podcast! Read the article and listen to the interview HERE.

Time Posted: Jan 4, 2018 at 2:22 PM

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