Cochon Tasting Bar
The Cochon Tasting Bar nestled in the heart of downtown Sonoma allows visitors to explore many unusual varietals and wines not often found in wine country.
The tasting bar features flights, wines by the taste and by the glass. Wines are handcrafted in small lots and varietals include wines from the south of France, the Iberian Peninsula and unique vineyard sites sourced in Sonoma, Napa and California. Brands featured include Odisea, Cochon and Gardienne des Vignes.
In 2004, longtime wine industry friends Adam Webb and Mike Kuenz, made their first handshake deal to buy grapes from two rows in an Old Vine Grenache vineyard in Amador County, and so began their winemaking odyssey.
Originally, the focus of Odisea was on making Spanish-styled wines from the best California Spanish varietal vineyards they could find. Adam found some amazing Albarino, Tempranillo, Verdejo, Graciano and Garnacha along the way from growers that shared their passion for Rhône varieties and had taken the chance, on these lesser known grapes.
The name Cochon, is the loving French word for hog, and it is also featured in the winemaking process. During initial trials with Rhône grape varieties experimented with larger French oak barrels more typical of the Rhône region and not commonly used in California wine country.
The large, unique shaped hogshead barrels, nicknamed “hogs” showed particularly positive results with Syrah, which yielded rounder, softer textured and more elegant wines. The result is this collection of small-production California Rhône wines raised exclusively in French oak Hogsheads.