Claire featured in a video from the French Consulate in San Francisco

Démocratiser des vins de grande qualité, c’est le pari qu’a fait Claire Ducrocq-Weinkauf, installée depuis 2006 en Californie. Après une Business School à Toulouse et une carrière internationale, des États-Unis à l’Argentine, cette entrepreneure française a lancé en 2011 dans la Sonoma Valley, Picayune Cellars. Une activité qu’elle mène de main de maitre, en parallèle de son autre entreprise, du consulting en vin, Claire de Lune. Rencontre à White Rock Vineyards dans la Napa.

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  • 14 Picayune Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County, Napa County): From lemons to melons and back again, hardly missing a step or a beat. $21 B+ 
  • 12 Picayune Padlock Red (Napa Valley): Those are some seriously energetic, upbeat, funky-ass moves gettin' laid down right there. $29 B+ 
  • 13 Picayune Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Lithe, lovely, light as a feather; now please bring me duck salad before I scream $29 B+

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Wall Street Journal

http://www.wsj.com/articles/women-vintners-chip-away-at-the-wineglass-ceiling-1430496334

Women Vintners chip away at the wineglass ceiling by Lettie Teague May 1, 2015

Oenofile: Five Terrific California Wines From Across the Gender Divide

2014 Picayune Cellars Sauvignon Blanc $21
Picayune partners Jennifer Roberts and Claire Weinkauf source from both Sonoma and Napa to find the best juice to fit their Sauvignon ideal—a well-made, easy-to- drink wine at an everyday price. The 2014 vintage is a crisp white with a decidedly citric edge.

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Life Between the Vines Podcast

Winemaking and family seem to go together….and with good friends too. Claire Weinkauf and Jennifer Roberts were close friends long before becoming partners in Picayune Cellars…..and you may recognize Claire’s name…..she is married to Spottswoode Winemaker Aron Weinkauf featured in Podcast #129. Beyond that they’ll tell you more than I can….so listen in as we sat in the vineyard on a warm February day…and be sure to take a look at the two videos from this recording on our YouTube page.

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Richard Jennings Ratings

By Richard Jennings - Huffington Post
12/7/2014, 91 points

2013 Picayune Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley Light green-tinged yellow color; tart lime, smoke, white grapefruit nose; tangy, clean, tart citrus, tart lemon, tart lime, smoke, mineral palate with bright acidity; medium-plus finish (14.2% alcohol) 91+ points

 

By Richard Jennings
12/3/2014, 91 points

2013 Picayune Cellars Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Medium ruby color; aromatic, talc, raspberry puree, ripe cherry, ripe strawberry nose; bright, silky textured, tart raspberry, tart strawberry, tart cherry palate with near medium acidity; medium-plus finish (13.8% alcohol)

Richard Jennings Ratings

2012 Picayune Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley – USA, California, Napa Valley Very light yellow color; ripe lime, lemon grass nose; lime lemon grass palate; medium-plus finish (55% Sonoma, 45% Napa; 14.1% alcohol) 91 points

2011 Picayune Cellars Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – USA, California, Sonoma Coast
From magnum – medium cherry red color; black cherry, tart berry nose; black cherry, tart berry, black cherry jam palate; medium-plus finish 90 points

2011 Picayune Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Light yellow color; lemon grass, tart gooseberry, lightly smoky nose; medium bodied, tart grapefruit, lemon grass, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 91+ points