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Business of the Month: Couloir Wines | Straight Line Wine (October 2013)
Tiburon has a new tasting room on Upper Ark Row at 72 Main Street. Owner and wine-maker Jon Grant’s Couloir|Straight Line Wines now are housed in the former Windsor Tasting Room.

PRESS RELEASE: Couloir Wines | Straight Line Wine Open New Tasting Room (September 2013)
It's finally here - our first tasting room!  Check out the press release link above, our "Tasting Room" page, and of course come on by for a visit!

SF Gate: "In Search Of the Successful Syrah" (September 2013)
San Francisco Chronicle's Wine Editor Jon Bonne weighs in with his thoughts on the 2010/2011 vintage for Syrah and features our 2011 Straight Line Syrah, calling it "big but beautifully balanced".

2012 Sommelier's Choice Award - Sommelier Journal (January 2013)
Sommelier Journal – the wine publication “written by wine professionals for wine professionals” – has awarded the 2010 Straight Line Pinot Noir the 2012 Sommelier’s Choice award for pinot noir-based red wines. Scroll down the article to read it described as "Tiptoeing towards the Old World...bright and alive and fresh".

7 Wineries to Watch in 2013 - Wine & Spirits Magazine (2013)
“He’s now…turning out pinot noirs that are crisp and transparent, emphasizing freshness rather than extraction” ~Luke Sykora

#1 Wine Pick of the Year for 2011 - (January 2012)
“…The twitter world was blowing up at this event, talking about the Pinot Noir, with one in particular, the 2009 Oppenlander Vineyard Pinot Noir.” "Sitting here just thinking about it makes my mouth water and wishing I had a glass in front of me." ~Jesse Andrews, Sonoma County

Ski-Obsessed Winemakers - SNOW Magazine 
“Winemaking also attracts those with a thirst for technical perfection. Take Jon Grant of the aptly named Couloir Wines (his bottle labels depict Mont Blanc).” ~Erica Duecy

The Wall Street Journal Blog - A Foodies Guide (November 2011)
"One of my favorites in the group: the 2009 Straight Line Tempranillo – a California easy-to-drink take on a classic Spanish varietal."

Marin County Wine Celebration - Grape Nutz Blog (June 2011)
"A newcomer to the Marin tasting, Jon Grant’s Couloir Pinot was one of the standouts of the event." ~Ken Zinns

Taste of Mendocino at Fort Mason - WestToast Blog (July 2011)
"The final highlight of the day came from Couloir & Straight Line Wines… Jon believes in front loading the work to produce the best grapes he can and then let them go to work to produce great wine.”

Mendocino Pinots - Serious Eats Blog (June 2011)
"Highly Recommended...Tart cherry and brambly blackberry flavors keep the full-bodied Couloir 2009 Oppenlander Vineyard Pinot dynamic; there's a push and pull between this wine's richness and it's bright acids. Hints of hibiscus tea, leather, orange peel, dark earth, blackberry jam, and black pepper come together in this mouthfilling wine. Smooth and luscious." ~Maggie Hoffman, Senior Editor

Uncovering Treasures From Beyond the Golden Gate Standouts from Marin Celebration (June 2011)
"Tasting through the pinots that were recently poured at the Seventh Annual Marin County Wine Celebration in Larkspur was a revelation." ~Chuck Hayward, J.J. Buckley Fine Wines

These Winemakers Love Wine, Not Meat - San Francisco Gate (April 2010)
Winemaker Jon Grant stopped eating red meat at age 12 and went vegan 15 years ago. None of which stops him from turning out reds...

7x7 Magazine: California Pinots at Their Finest (March 2009)
"Eric Asimov, the New York Times' wine writer, has a great article in this week's NYT dining section about the changing style of California Pinot Noir. And... I'd like to add a couple of names to Eric's NYT list. These are lower-alcohol, food friendly, nuanced California Pinots at their finest.” ~Jordan Mackay, Wine writer