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In Pursuit of Passion - Jennifer Snyder

The pursuit of passions, creativity, and curiosity has been a driving force for Jennifer E. Snyder throughout her life and her career - a listen to one episode of her popular podcast, Creating Your Own Path, will make that clear. With over 100 episodes in the archives, Snyder is a podcasting veteran, but she’s not one to be satisfied with the status quo and her drive to serve as a catalyst for lively and thought-provoking conversation is evident in both the podcast and in her book, 100 Days of Discussion

Lamb Burgers

If there’s one thing that's for  certain – it’s that summer is time for burgers. On the grill or in cast iron. On a picnic table or for a living room picnic. There’s really no wrong way to eat a burger in the summer. And it seems like they are everywhere. So sometimes it’s nice to take a break from beef or turkey or even veggie and try something a little different.

2017 Harvest Internships Now Open

Have you or someone you know always wanted to work in the wine industry? 

Now’s your opportunity to gain invaluable experience during the 2017 harvest season at Francis Ford Coppola Winery as a paid Harvest Intern and at Virginia Dare Winery as a Harvest Cellar Tech. Both come with full-time opportunity after the completed season.As a member of our team, you will gain hands-on experience in various crush activities while working with a highly motivated and dynamic production team.

In Pursuit of Passion - Emily Jeffords

As an artist, Emily Jeffords produces her signature stunning landscapes, which evoke a powerful sense of calm and serenity. As a wife and mother, Jeffords is thoughtful, compassionate, and dedicated to nurturing her family’s needs and wants. In person, Jeffords is lively, light-hearted, and quick to magnanimously point out the achievements of others. In her writing, however, you begin to see the fullest picture of Jeffords emerge.

Chowdah & Nostalgia

There’s something about summer that makes me crave Clam Chowder. It feels completely counter-intuitive – a hot, creamy soup on a hot day? But you know what?  It works. It smells like ocean, and tastes like the sea breeze. It allows you to be on a wharf even when you might be stuck inside an office all day or unable to make it to a body of water on a sweltering day. My suggestion? Whip up a batch of this, turn the groovy tunes up and pour yourself some Chardonnay.

#RaiseYourGlass with Votre Santé Micro Cru wines

In 2008, we debuted our first vintage of Votre Santé wines, developed as an homage to Francis’s Grandmother who toasted “a votre santé” with every meal. Votre Santé wines have represented off the grid vineyards throughout up and coming regions, dubbed “the other California.” We are excited to announce the addition of a single AVA (American Viticultural Area) tier we are calling our Votre Santé “Micro Cru” wines. We could not think of two better regions to represent the debut vintage of these boutique wines than Santa Barbara and Anderson Valley. 

In Pursuit of Passion – Sarah Pike of Tops’l Farm

Sarah Pike is the kind of woman who seems like a long-lost friend, even when you’ve never met, even over email. Her can-do attitude, cheerful enthusiasm, and refreshing humility further endear her to friends, family, and new acquaintances alike.

Always Bring the Adventure

This summer, there is absolutely no doubt that you will be invited to a barbeque (or four). We wanted to make sure that you were armed with a few super easy crowd pleasers that are sure to get a few “ooohs” and even more “aahs.” So this summer, leave the macaroni salad at home. 

Antipasti for a Crowd

So…all of a sudden your best friend called her boyfriend who called his buddies and now you’ve got about 15 people arriving to your small backyard in just under two hours. There will be plenty of wine, of course, but you want to make sure that your hostess skills are on point. Although tradition might say that it’s not in the best taste to invite friends to a friend’s house without notice, we say the more the merrier. 

BottleRock – Sunday, May 28

The fairground was amazingly right smack in the middle of downtown Napa, not in a parking lot miles away from all humanity. The convenience of it all had me hooked before we even walked in.

BottleRock – Saturday, May 27

BottleRock.  The word had me excited for months.  As someone who has lived, played and worked in wine country I shamefully had never been to experience it before.

BottleRock – Friday, May 26

Summer 2017 arrived in Wine Country on Friday, May 26th at approximately 12:00pm with the first strums of the guitar from local band Serf and James

In Pursuit of Passion - Bridget Sprague of Hell Yeah Projects

Her years spent in the brand strategy trenches had given Bridget the gift of skilled listening. Using this tool, she turned her attention to her truest passion: leading those who yearn for something bigger/better/more.

Wine Family Barrel Tasting – Meet our Winemakers

This Saturday, April 29th, guests at our annual Wine Family Barrel Tasting event will get an exclusive sneak peek of vintages yet to come in our Barrel Room. Several members of our Winemaking and Viticulture teams will be on-hand, pouring these soon-to-be favorite wines straight from the barrel, and discussing the characteristics of each wine.

In Pursuit of Passion - Anne Weil of Flax & Twine

Anne Weil has every right to be too busy for interviews. With a steady stream of projects featured on Martha Stewart, Apartment Therapy, Huffington Post, Molly Makes, Sweet Paul magazine, and more, a thriving blog, a best-selling book, not to mention the hop-scotching across the country she does teaching classes, Anne has precious little time to chit chat. When you see her work, in some ways it’s so perfect, so impossibly chic and modern, that you expect her to be remote and reserved. But there isn’t much about Anne that follows expectation.

Spring Release: New issue of All-Story guest designed by Iggy Pop

The magazine staff is thrilled to announce the release of the Spring 2017 edition of Zoetrope: All-Story, designed by the iconic musician Iggy Pop. With this issue, Iggy exhibits his paintings and other visual artwork for the first time ever, along with select pieces from his personal collection. (Among those pieces is a Mickey Mantle Louisville Slugger gifted to Iggy by the filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, whose documentary on Iggy’s band The Stooges, Gimme Danger, premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.)

Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Zoetrope: All-Story launch short film competition

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, in collaboration with Coppola’s acclaimed literary magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story, announces the launch of a new short film competition and a call for submissions. The Francis Coppola Director’s Short Film Competition is fulfilling The Family Coppola brand promise to bring creativity and art into our everyday lives. From the short films submitted, competition judge Roman Coppola will select five short films for viewing at a private event during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, with a grand prize of $5,000 awarded to one final winner from among the top five. 

Bodellicious Bites: Crab Risotto

As a chef and a fisherman, there are few times of the year that get me as excited as Dungeness crab season. Crab is one of my favorite sea creatures to fish for and to eat. As a fisherman, there is nothing quite like the anticipation of pulling up a crab trap from the ocean bottom, calculating how heavy it feels as you retrieve the line, and swinging the trap over the gunwale of your boat to finally come face to face with your catch.

We’re Hiring! Join our team of outstanding customer service professionals, while having fun along the way!

Are you or someone you know looking for a fun and fulfilling job at our Wine Wonderland? 

We will be hosting a series of hiring events at Francis Ford Coppola Winery to gear up for our hospitality season

All-Story editors preview Winter issue, announce printing changes

The editors of Zoetrope: All-Story are supremely pleased to announce the release of the Winter 2016/2017 edition, which we assembled between October and January, while the presidential contest seemed to permeate every exchange, even within our office in San Francisco

Bring A Diamond Home This Holiday Season

Nothing brightens the holidays like a bottle of our Diamond Collection wines. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift, or hosting a holiday party, these wines are sure to stand out.

Meet Guglielmo: Behind-The-Scenes of “a tavola” (Episode One)

We proudly present the first in a series of behind-the-scenes videos on "a tavola," our Tuesday night dinner experience at Rustic, Francis's Favorites. In our premiere episode, we meet Guglielmo (AKA Papa Gui AKA Nonno), the grumpy, quick-witted grandpa who's always ready with a story, a magic trick, and scissors in case your pasta is too long. 

Welcome to 'a tavola'

Meaning “to the table,” a tavola is a casual dining experience inspired by Francis Coppola’s favorite way of enjoying a meal. Like eating at your family’s home, there are no menus.