Radio-Coteau (rā’ dē ō - kō tō’) adj. A colloquial expression suggesting “word of mouth.” Region: Northern Rhone.
Literal Translation: broadcasting from the hillside.

Established in 2002 by winegrower and proprietor Eric Sussman, Radio-Coteau works closely with select cool-climate coastal vineyard sites in Western Sonoma County and Anderson Valley to produce wines with vibrant, balanced fruit and a distinct sense of place. Focus is on organic and detailed viticulture in conjunction with a natural, non-interventionist approach in the cellar to more accurately reflect the unique character of each site and season. The winery is situated in Sebastopol, and the estate vineyard is located in the hills above Occidental, California.

2013 Vintage
The 2013 vintage was blessed with a grower–friendly farming season. Mild weather patterns with plenty of warmth resulted in quality fruit production, characterized by wines of balance and site specificity.

A healthy dose of rain at the onset of winter quickly gave way to an early, warm and dry spring. Little did we know that we were amidst one of the driest calendar years on record. In April alone, temperatures reached 90 degrees F and accumulated approximately 300 Growing Degree Days. Few frosty nights, dry soil conditions and warm days resulted in an early bud break, though a beautiful fruit set. The vines welcomed the abundant sunshine and shoot growth was noticeable every day. We were already suckering at Timbervine in the last few days of April.

The fast growing pace of spring never really slowed down. Though sans intense heat spells, the summer was filled with days where temps pushed into the 90s. The first signs of veraison occurred in early June at the Hallberg ranch, a few weeks ahead of schedule. Grateful that nature provided ample fruit in 2013, we were able to control yields early in the season. To ensuring our wines are site-driven and energetic, dropping green bunches prior to veraison is a critical step. Properly managing and executing the crop thinning is especially important in vintages like 2013.

Throughout the growing season, mild weather patterns put little disease pressure on the grapes or vines. Eight days earlier than 2012, harvest began with the Hallberg vineyard on August 28th. Once picking began, harvest came fast and furious. Cellar space became a concern, and our musical tank shuffle allowed us to receive freshly drained wine in a timely fashion. A smattering of rain towards the end of September washed off the summer dust and put us back on our late–season varietal toes. But by then most of the Pinot Noir, and even some Syrah, was safely in their fermenters. Besides the brief rain, the temperate autumn days afforded us the oppportunity to pick fruit at lower sugar levels and sound physiological ripeness. The wines from the 2013 vintage display bright aromatic intensity, seductive palate richness, and energetic balance.

2012 Vintage

2011 Vintage

2010 Vintage

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Winegrower Eric Sussman first heard the expression radio coteau from a friend while living and working in Burgundy. More than a preference for how you discover these wines, the name reflects a commitment to capturing reflections of soil, seasons, people and place.

Radio-Coteau supports land and marine-life conservation and educational practices by returning a portion of Orfin Lotts satellite wine sales to community-based organizations which inspire us.

Inspired by the traditional yet endangered telemark ski turn and free-heelin’ backcountry access, Orfin Lott's Pinhead Red was born. This red is a hearty yet refined mountain wine that was handcrafted for the express purpose of returning the bounty of the land to the communities and causes that inspire us. A portion of the proceeds of Pinhead Red is donated to The School Garden Network for creation and support of sustainable garden and nutrition-based learning programs for students in Sonoma County. 


Vince “The Hat” Pedroia's cowboy poetry, from his collection A Mano:

"A Mano"
"Horseshoe Bend"
“Disguised” Poem on Giclee Print

Vince Pedroia planted
Cherry Camp Vineyard in 2001.

©2011 by Vince Pedroia
All Rights Reserved
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print, email

Above: Local artist Claude Smith showcased some of his beautiful pieces at Radio-Coteau 's Fall 2012 Open House. Born and raised in N.Y.C. in a family of visual artists, he has had one-man and group exhibitions in N.Y.C galleries beginning in 1968 and has had shows in Toronto, San Francisco, Europe and throughout northern California. Claude resides and maintains a studio in Graton, CA. Check out his work online


**We were delighted when Renga owner and matermind Joe Szuecs featured artwork and performed acoustic guitar at our Spring 2012 Open House**

Renga Arts produces and sells art, both fine and functional, made from reclaimed, salvaged, and recycled materials. They have joined reknowned folk artist, Patrick Amiot, to create a showcase for exemplary works from the finest artists and craftspeople working with salvaged materials. Along with world class folk and fine art, they strive to offer creatively inspired objects of everyday utility. Needless to say, a wealth of items fit into this category -- birdhouses, furniture, bowls, jewelry, and garden accessories are just a few examples.
They represent a growing number of talented and inspired artists and vendors, both local and international, that create inspiring handmade works for you and your home.

Vit Lit Oyster Culture

Cameron + Company is a boutique publishing house, creating and distributing quality books and calendars with a focus on photography, art, architecture and publications of regional interest. Visit their website

Written by Joe Mesics, late owner of Timbervine and our friend, Vit Lit captures a unique perspective into the life of an old timer's winegrowing journey. "From grape to glass, Joe Mesics invites us to join him on a wine road less traveled—the one that the furrowed-brow grape grower takes everyday."

Gwendolyn Meyer's exceptional photography and introspective into the oyster world's past, present, and future takes the reader on a colorful, educational path of the complex, yet pure, world of this tremendous and lovable bivalve. Radio-Coteau's La Neblina Pinot Noir is paired with The Marshall Store's Fish Stew on page 113. "Oyster Culture looks at the rich intersection between oyster farming and culinary culture in this unique habitat in Northern California, which has remained relatively pristine due to conservation measures and agricultural land trusts."

Ted Andersen's Agency
Ted Andersen's Agency at Radio-Coteau We met up with local Sebastopol artist Ted Andersen at a brewpub in Santa Rosa one thirsty afternoon in Fall 2011. Just a couple weeks out was our open house weekend, and we were honored to showcase his extradorinary work. This piece is known as The Agency. Check him out at
Below: 2010 La Neblina night harvest filmed and edited by Anaïs Radonich Galvin of Farm + Cellar.

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