Winemaker Penny Gadd-Coster of Breathless Wines and Rack & Riddle, shares with THE VARIETAL SHOW her evolution into making sparkling wines: With wine judging and winemaking in her pocket, she helps make life festive with her bubbly creations! We taste the Breathless Blanc de Blancs, Sonoma County & Blanc de Blancs, Reserve Organic, Cox Vineyard, Mendocino together and discuss the best food pairings. Watch the interview.
Breathless Sparkling Wines is a local legend, a place to find local bubblies of national stature right here in town. Its tasting area is surrounded by mature trees with overarching canopies and blue umbrellas, creating a comfortable, shaded space cozy enough for conversation. It’s a social environment, and it’s probably impossible not to have a good time.
After all, they serve champagne. And there’s something about champagne—the bubbles, the relatively modest yet noticeable alcohol, the exuberant act of opening a bottle—that banishes the blues. Not without reason is it associated with life’s happiest moments: an engagement or a wedding, a birth or a birthday, a promotion or an award.
It’s also, more than any other drink, associated with women. Breathless makes no bones about the female power in champagne, and the company’s ownership by three sisters is as much a part of the brand as the wine label—a fetching cabaret girl riding the swollen brut cork toward unknown celebrations.
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As Breathless Wines co-founder Sharon Cohn notes, "In such a male-dominated field, it's important to recognize and celebrate the work of women in the industry." By enjoying their wines, "we can celebrate the achievements of these women and appreciate the unique perspective and approach they bring to winemaking."
Sharon Cohn, Gary & Rebecca Rosenberg created and organized a 5-day tour of Reims & Epernay. The group of 19 from all over the US toured some of the larger, well-known Champagne houses as well as some small, unique ones. There was a walk through the vineyards, art tours, and many great dining experiences mixed with some exceptional tastings.