Will Wander for Wine

Interview with Elan Fayard from Azur Wines

Interview with Elan Fayard
Choose a job that you love, and you'll never have to work a day in your life is a mantra we like to live by, and certainly, Elan Fayard seems to have cracked this code as well. As the marketing and business side of Azur Rosé, Elan has blended her love of all things French with with a relaxed Napa lifestyle. We asked her a few questions about how she came to love rosé and what makes her tick.

What is the bottle of wine the made you fall in love with rosé?
I met my husband Julien Fayard, the winemaker for our wines, Azur, when I was studying abroad in France. He introduced me to his family’s winery, Chateau Sainte Marguerite, and that was the first bottle of rosé I had enjoyed and my journey into wine blossomed from there. 

What’s your favorite rosé and food pairing? 
Really just about everything! But I love a briny bowl of Mediterranean olives for an aperitif, fresh seafood or a wood-fired pizza. Best pairing is with good company any time of year. 

If you could pick any place to sip wine in 2018, where would it be? 
We’re fortunate in Napa Valley to have many hike-able hillsides, so the pinnacle place for me to sip wine this year would be at the top of one of these mountains that surround us. The gorgeous view and a picnic with dear friends is simply the best and easily attainable.

 What is your winemaker uniform and must-have gadget or accessory? 
Since I’m the “Chief Rosé Officer” and not the winemaker for Azur, I’m more often hosting tastings than hanging out in the cellar. Yet, I still opt for classic Napa wine style: sweaters, jeans and boots. And since I’m pouring wine instead of making wine, the Coravin has been widely used.

If you weren’t in the wine industry, what would be your profession? 
A traveling documentarian or journalist. I studied international communications at university, originally with the idea of going into journalism. I actually moved to San Francisco after university to follow that passion and became a radio host and restaurant reviewer, while on the side working for a tasting room. 

Rosé Revolution Review - Azur

Rosé Revolution Review -Azur
This delightfully delicate, handcrafted rosé has a Provençal sensibility and a California pedigree. With a lovely grapefruit, citrus aroma and rich tropical fruit taste, Azur rosé is balanced and easy to sip in the middle of winter (as we are now). 
If you are in Napa, stop by Vintner's Collective on Main Street (a stone's throw from O&P Headquarters) to taste it in person, just don't forget to invite us!
Another benefit of enjoying this wine is that you can buy it in a 5 Gallon Keg, which has us googling how much it is to install a keggerator in our office for the 2017 vintage release! 
Wine Country Strong

Wine Country Strong

It's been a tough few weeks in wine country. Friends have lost homes, jobs and loved ones. While incredibly sad and stressful, one thing we have consistently seen is that our small wine country towns have come together to care for each other in ways we never knew possible. We have hugged neighbors we barely knew, we donated to people who were evacuated from their homes and we supported local businesses by getting back out there and buying local. Here are a few of our local favs to add to your list when you visit next.

NAPA

Drink/Eat: Compline
Newly opened hidden gem (and we do mean hidden, so put on your sleuthing coat and be ready to follow the row of lights). Opened by Master Sommelier Matt Stamp and Ryan Stetins, Compline will entice you to try a new varietal or unusual, small production find. The small bites, like duck fat fries and gougeres, are perfectly proportioned to share. 

Shop: Wunder Boutique + Salon
It’s where the fun people shop. No really, you need a gift for your sister or a funny card to take to a wedding shower? Sweet, sassy and very hip, it’s our go-to when we need a gift or a to-me, love-me. 

Taste: Stags Leap Wine Cellars
The fires got close, but the winery is fine and back at it…their beautiful modern tasting room is worth a re-visit if you haven’t seen it in a while. The winery made its name in the 1976 Judgment of Paris, and the quality has continued making it one of Napa’s finest.

SONOMA

Shop/Drink: Sonoma’s Best
You know why it’s called the BEST?? Because they have an awesome selection of rosé! Local, French, unusual, small production…they have it. There is also a selection of tasty cheese and local gifts to pick up as well. A perfect stop before your wine country picnic.

Eat: Girl and the Fig
The fresh local dishes are always perfection, especially this time of year, when you can guarantee many of them to include the seasonally ripe figs. Anne’s favorite reason to belly up to the bar, is the secret Pliny the Elder on tap. A treat any time of day!

Taste: Patz and Hall
Perfectly lovely Pinots…and THE place to pick up Sonoma Pinots for Thanksgiving. Relax on their patio and ease into the busy holiday season.