Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Sisters Sharing Wine Made By Sisters



Breathless Wines is the love of three sisters, (Sharon Cohn, Rebecca Faust and Cynthia Faust) and the passion for life their mom passed down to them. In my eyes it’s also a tribute to their mom who suffered from Alpha-1. Had to Google Alpha-1 and found it’s a genetic lung disease passed down from both parents. It occurs when there is a lack of protein in the blood called alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) which is mainly produced by the liver. The main function of AAT is to protect the lungs from inflammation caused by infection and inhaled irritants like tobacco smoke.

Breathless is the perfect name as their mom didn’t take any breath for granted. According to Sharon Cohn, Breathless is about celebrating moments in life, big or small and to live life to the fullest. Breathless donates to the Alpha-1 as well as other non-profits annually.


Located in Healdsburg (Sonoma County) in a unique tasting room made from recycled shipping containers with a vintage 1920 kind of feel. Inside you’ll find chandeliers, marble and a nice patio for a wonderful experience. Behind the winemaking is honoree sister Penny Gadd-Coster who selects the grapes from vineyards in Carneros, Russian River, Dry Creek Valley and the North Coast. The sparkling wines are made in the traditional method (second fermentation in the bottle).

There is nothing more wonderful than sharing wine made by sisters with your sister and sister’s from another mother. My sister Donna and I shared the Breathless Blanc De Noirs, made with 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay aged for 38 months. Nice fine mousse delicately fills your mouth with hints of toast, cherry and citrus notes. SRP $30



The following evening I shared Breathless Brut with my sister’s from another mother, my Rombout Road ladies (3 are missing from the photo). We are neighbors that have been together for over 20 years. Yes, over 20 years of wine nights celebrating our love, supporting each other and being together. Breathless Brut was the perfect pairing for the evening. I will admit, when I poured it in the glass and saw the rose color, I thought something might be off. One sip and I was clearly wrong. The wine was perfectly balanced, crisp with hints of persimmon, ripe gala apples and a touch of honey. The reason it has the rose color is because of the press fraction used. SRP $25

Share Breathless with your sisters!

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