Jonathan Rosenson: Somm/Winemaker - Coquelicot Wines
California’s Newest AVA, Los Olivos
My guest today is Jonathan Rosenson, co-owner/sommelier of At First & Oak, the sophisticated new restaurant in Solvang’s Mirabelle Inn in the Santa Ynez Valley. Family owned Coquelicot Wine was developed in 1999, and is located just south of the historic Mission Santa Ines in the Santa Ynez Valley on California’s Central Coast. “In 2007 we implemented sustainable and also organic farming protocols with the goal of obtaining organic certification in 2010”.
COQUELICOT (ko-klee-ko) is the name “en Français” of the striking red poppy flower that graces the French countryside, as well as all the labels on our wines. Our 58 acre vineyard is an organically farmed property in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. Sustainable farming and gentle, meticulous winemaking techniques converge to produce hand made, limited production wines that are a true celebration of life.
Here’s the interview with Jonathan where we talk about the Sky Room Lounge in Long Beach, as well as his expertise in wine, his vineyard, his passion for winemaking, and his intuitive selection of varietals produced at Coquelicot in the Los Olivos AVA.