A few years ago a courtship began when we took a risk, left the United States, and moved to France to follow our passion. After collaborating with a world-class champagne maker, we produced a new, award-winning French bubbly designed to inspire and celebrate life. The culmination of our journey is Le Grand Courtâge (“The Great Courtship”).
A few years ago, Tawnya Falkner took the leap and gave up her career as a designer/developer in San Francisco to move to Nuits St Georges in Burgundy, France to follow her passion relating to travel, food & making wine. The result is Le Grand Courtâge, a new gold-medal winning French sparkling wine.
Long ago, when a boat left on a long voyage, it was referred to as a “courtage” and it is from this that the name originates. These wines are about the negotiations as we journey through life. Intended to mean “the Great Courtship”, the approach was to combine hundreds of years of grape growing experience with progressive blending techniques. Le Grand Courtâge is a “courtship” between French and American wine culture, the old and new world, grapes from different terroirs; and it is the “courtship” of life and love.
As most French bubbly is very traditional when it comes to branding, packaging and flavor profile, we saw an opportunity to create a sparkling wine nuanced for the American consumer: a memorable name, a timeless but contemporary package, and a dry, crisp, yet fruit forward wine with very balanced flavors. We believe by accomplishing this and creating a cuisine, cocktail and consumer friendly wine that offers an exceptional price-to-value ratio, we have a product with undeniably strong marketability and consumer appeal.
Our motto is ‘Embrace Life. Dream Big. Accept all Invitations.‘ and to that end our goal is to provide an affordable luxury that is perfect for “courting life” and celebrating its special occasions, as well as all of the simple every day moments in between.