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25 Best Wineries in the United States
What is it, exactly, that makes a winery great? Is it the quality of the wine itself? The practices used to produce it? Or perhaps it’s the overall atmosphere of the winery itself: the attitude and mission of its workers, and the ambiance it creates for visitors to its vineyards or tasting rooms. Whatever it is, there’s no doubt that the United States has an epic array of wineries within its borders, from the small but vibrant wine region of Upstate New York to the world-renowned Napa Valley of California, with its perfect weather and climate for grapes.
Raise your glass to the best wine bars in San Francisco, according to Yelp
Of all the made-up food holidays out there, some calendar listings carry more weight than others. May 25 is one of those days: It marks national wine day.
San Francisco, of course, has plenty of choices when it comes to deciding where to grab a glass of vino, and Yelp rounded up the city's best options with impressive wine programs and great ambiance.
10+ Best Canned Wine Brands to Stash In Your Picnic Basket
Canned wine is not the first thing that comes to mind when you're thinking of vino for your next party. But this wine trend means that some really good wines are now available in containers that fit into your purse. (Think of the possibilities!) Canned wines also come in many varietals, including Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, so if you're looking for something to pair with your favorite burger or grilled chicken, there's a can for you.
Canned Wine Comes of Age
Canned wine is catching on. It’s not unusual to find cans of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and rosé on store shelves and being hawked at music festivals. Once considered a novelty, cans have burst into the mainstream, enticing young wine drinkers to pop the tab with their easy-drinking style, convenient packaging and value.
Cans are one of the fastest-growing forms of alternative wine packaging on the market—a burgeoning category that includes bag-in-a-box and Tetra Paks, the same packaging being used for juice boxes.
Inside Francis Ford Coppola's Guatemalan hotel
If you enjoy space for all your lotions and potions on holiday, you’ll like what the newly-refurbished rooms at La Lancha in Guatemala have to offer. The lakeside retreat is owned by the director of The Godfather trilogy, Francis Ford Coppola, and the rooms have two bathrooms, one for each partner.
The ten-room resort is located an hour-and-a-half away from the Belize border and a 45-minute drive from the magnificent Mayan ruins of Tikal. Recent renovations include a new lakeside dock overlooking Lago Peten Itza, where the region’s signature howler monkeys watch from above. A funicular, or “jungle elevator,” transports guests from the shore to the mountaintop hotel, and there is a fibreglass boat that offers transportation and sunset cruises.
Francis Ford Coppola Shares the Feature Every Hotel Room He Builds in the Future Will Have
It’s been over two decades since Francis Ford Coppola first opened the doors of his family’s tropical getaway in Belize to the public, beginning the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s second act as the proprietor of the Family Coppola Hideaways. Today, he operates six resorts: Blancaneaux Lodge, Turtle Inn, and Coral Caye in Belize; Jardin Escondido in Argentina; Palazzo Margherita in Italy; and La Lancha in Guatemala. (He also owns three wineries in California and Oregon.)
20 Sonoma Wineries and Tasting Rooms Open After 5 p.m.
Elsewhere in the world, people say, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere,” when they imbibe during the day. In wine country, where most tasting rooms close at or before 5 p.m, it can sometimes feel as if day-drinking is the only option! Scattered throughout Sonoma County, there are a handful of spots where you can taste wine into the evening, but finding them takes a bit of research. We’ve rounded up 21 tasting rooms and wine bars offering wine tastings until at least 6 p.m.
The Family Coppola Unveils Domaine de Broglie
Dundee, OR. - If Proust were a winemaker, he may have just met his match. Today, The Family Coppola unveils Domaine de Broglie, Francis Ford Coppola’s latest vineyard and winery acquisition set in Oregon’s fabled Dundee Hills.
Formerly known as Vista Hills Winery, Domaine de Broglie - A Francis Coppola Wine pays homage to the spirit of curiosity, discovery, and exploration endemic in art and science, and their intersection through wine.
“What makes this brand a little bit different,” says Corey Beck, CEO of The Family Coppola, “is I think this is one of the brands that brings Francis back to his childhood, and very fond memories of his childhood.”
Gravenstein Apple Fair 2018: 7 Drinks You Must Try
The annual Gravenstein Apple Fair takes place this weekend, August 11 and 12, at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol. Celebrating its 45th year, the apple fest hosted by Sonoma County Farm Trails is well-known for old-fashioned fun that includes everything from farm animals, and arts and crafts booths, to apple pie baking and eating contests. But the annual bash is gaining fans for its varied selection of artisan adult beverages. This year, fair-goers can choose from more than 35 Sonoma County wines, 17 ciders and 6 microbrews, all in one oak-shaded park. In other words, it’s hard to go wrong, no matter what you decide to fill your glass with.
Big-name wineries are increasingly canning their wines, joining craft ciders and beers on retailer shelves. Beer in cans? Of course. Wine in cans is a somewhat newer phenomenon. But before you dismiss it all as plonk — which, until recently might have been justified — look at what Francis Ford Coppola put in distinctive narrow cans with his Diamond Collection, more serious than most. His nicely structured new Monterey County red is a food-friendly pinot noir.
Coppola Winery Is Using Music Festivals to Educate Consumers About Its Canned Wines
In recent years, canned wine has become ubiquitous. The convenience of a can, coupled with clever packaging and more approachable messaging, has helped marketers grow millennials’ interest in drinking wine. For the Coppola Winery, the trick isn’t to suddenly start making canned wine—the winery has been doing so since the early 2000s—but to educate consumers about its canned wine offerings.
Who Is Billy? Coppola Winery’s Comical Short Film Has Two Wildly Opposing Theories
We hear a lot about “storytelling” in one form or another these days. It’s become one of the most overused and hotly debated buzzwords in the business.
Now, acclaimed commercial director Rodrigo Saavedra of The Directors Bureau puts storytelling in sharp focus for Francis Coppola’s winery in “The Red Stain,” a 10-minute brand film that debuted Friday at the Sundance Film Festival.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery Renews Partnerships With Sundance, Oscars
The family winery will have a strong presence at the Sundance Film Festival this year with a lounge space, dubbed the Coppola Club, and the announcement of winners for its short film competition.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery has renewed a pair of high-profile partnerships.
Pours will continue courtesy of new pacts with the Sundance Institute and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that will see the winery return for a second year in a row as exclusive wine sponsor of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, and the brand will be the sole wine poured at the 90th Oscars and Governors Ball, the official post-Oscars celebration. Scheduled for March 4, the event will feature custom wine blends and commemorative labels for this year's special anniversary.
Family Coppola Launches Great Women Spirits
One of the perks of my job is I am one of the first to find out about the newest food and drink products to be released. So, when they are particularly amazing and noteworthy items, I am going to relay this information to you, my lovely reader, as quickly as possible. You should know as soon as I do, don’t you think?! Well today, I’m sharing with you the recent press release I received from my friends at the Family Coppola. Always at the forefront of the newest trends in drinks, as well as always being a champion for women, I am particularly excited by this set of news…
Francis Ford Coppola, Master of Film and Wine, Is Finally Making Spirits
Francis Ford Coppola hasn’t directed a movie since 2015 (something called Distant Vision) or a good movie since 1992 (Bram Stoker’s Dracula, don’t @ me), but the Hollywood icon has kept plenty busy as a wine maestro in his semi-retirement.
The 78-year-old first entered the wine business in 1975, pre-Apocalypse Now, when he and his family purchased the Gustave Niebaum vineyard in Napa County. Since then, he has snatched up other California wineries (Inglenook, Virginia Dare) and built a home base in Sonoma (Francis Ford Coppola Winery), cranking out solid vinos (such as the Bordeaux-like Archimedes and the Eleanor Red Blend) while his kids and nephews (like Sofia Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Nicolas Cage) carry on the family name, sort of, in Tinseltown.
The Countess Walewska potato vodka is the host of this delightful combination of grapefruit, tart lemon and the dark berry deliciousness of Crème de Cassis liqueur. Served up, as a welcome intrigue.
Thirsty Reporter: Francis Ford Coppola Launches Spirits Line
It's not like many people need an excuse to break out their favorite alcoholic beverages after a long work day, but cocktail lovers and feminists alike will have a new brand to pour up soon. Francis Ford Coppola's winery company is launching Great Women Spirits, a line of vodka, gin and brandy that will be available this October in select restaurants and retailers.
Great Women Spirits — small-batch, house-crafted, classically styled spirits — will officially launch on Ada Lovelace Day (an international celebration day of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math), Oct. 10, at Cafe Zoetrope in San Francisco.
Francis Ford Coppola launching spirits collection to honour great women
Movie mogul and winemaker Francis Ford Coppola is paying tribute to the women in his life by releasing a limited edition of classically styled spirits.
The Great Women Spirits will be available later this month (Oct17) in select restaurants and retailers. The first house-crafted spirits will include vodka, gin, and brandy, and there are plans to expand the collection in the near future.
The Family Coppola's Gin, Vodka, and Brandy Honor 'Great Women'
The famous Coppola family—of whom the filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola is the patriarch—is venturing further into the beverage industry with a line of liquors called “Great Women Spirits.” They already own a winery, aptly named Francis Ford Coppola Winery, through their lifestyle company The Family Coppola: Cinema, Wine, Food, Hideaways, and Adventure.
Francis Ford Coppola moves into spirits with new range
Great Women Spirits launches with three spirits: American brandy Maria Gaetana Agnesi 1799 Aged 5 Years Old, Countess Walewska Premium Vodka, and Ada Lovelace Gin.
The range is inspired by “unique and remarkable” women including Italian mathematician Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Countess Maria Walewska and computer programmer Ada Lovelace.
Each spirit is made with spring water from Coppola’s Inglenook property in Napa Valley. The water is naturally filtered through lava rock at the base of an inactive volcano.
A Spirits Collection - Great Women Spirits
Having successfully secured a craft spirits license, The Family Coppola is proud to announce the launch of Great Women Spirits, which will be available this October in select restaurants and retailers. Great Women Spirits -- small-batch, house-crafted, classically styled spirits -- will begin production with its brand of vodka, gin, and brandy, and has plans to expand the collection in the near future.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery Announces Academy Awards Partnership
It makes sense that ‘The Godfather’ of film would blend all of his interests in one, which is exactly what Francis Ford Coppola is doing: it was just announced that his Francis Ford Coppola Winery will be the sole still wine brand poured at the Academy Awards and Governors Ball—the Academy’s official post-Oscars celebration—for the next three years. Additionally, the winery is the exclusive wine sponsor of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
“Filmmaking and winemaking are certainly two great passions of mine” says Coppola. “By partnering with Sundance Institute and the Academy, I am now able to blend the two together in a big way.”
Francis Ford Coppola Winery Sets Exclusive Wine Partnerships With the Academy, Sundance Institute
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a new wine partner for the next three years.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery has announced that it will be the wine sponsor for the Academy Awards and the post-Oscars Governors Ball for the next three years. The wine label also has partnered with Sundance Institute to be the wine sponsor of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, set to run Thursday-Jan. 29.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery Sets Partnerships With the Academy, Sundance Institute
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a new wine partner for the next three years.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery has announced that it will be the wine sponsor for the Academy Awards and the post-Oscars Governors Ball for the next three years. The wine label also has partnered with Sundance Institute to be the wine sponsor of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, set to run Thursday-Jan. 29.
“Filmmaking and winemaking are certainly two great passions of mine,” Coppola said Tuesday in a release announcing the new film partnerships. “By partnering with Sundance Institute and the Academy, I am now able to blend the two together in a big way.”
As part of the Sundance sponsorship, Francis Ford Coppola Winery will host premiere parties during the Park City, Utah-based festival. Select activations include "Drink in the Moment" and "The Big Picture." "Drink in the Moment" is described as a whimsical visual experience via a projected fast-action animated motion short, playing during key moments at Miner’s Park Plaza, while "The Big Picture" will commission a popular artist to create a custom, oversized wine cork mural that will build through the 10-day event in the festival co-op.
11 Canned Wines For A Thirsty Crowd
Recently, Wine Enthusiast featured a boxed wine on its cover as the highest ranked red on our 2016 Best Buys list. Why not explore another alternative: wine in a can? Canned wines and spritzers have become more prevalent over the years and general quality has risen in kind, so we sat down to taste an assortment.
There’s no methodology here, just Senior Digital Editor Jameson Fink, Tasting Coordinator Carrie Dykes and Senior Associate Editor Layla Schlack tasting and talking about our favorites of the bunch. The overall verdict? Yes, we can.
Rosé rules as summer closes and blush wines bloom in USA
America is looking at the world through rosé-colored glasses — and liking it quite a lot.
Summer 2016 is winding down and we know this for sure: Wine-lovers are not ready to give up their rosé. They are unblushing in their love of blush wines, pouring more of the "pink," topping off on "brosé," guzzling gallons of "Hamptons Gatorade."
Once sneered at as too sweet, heavy and unsophisticated, the rise of rosé is now a decade old and still surging: According to Nielsen tracking data, sales of rosé in America between 2015 and 2016 rose more than 17%, while the dollar figure surged even higher — to nearly 42% — reflecting the “premium-ization” of rosé in the USA. In other words, Americans are drinking more rosé and drinking more of premium high-end rosé.
10 canned wines to tote to barbecues, beaches and more
I couldn’t help thinking of the Stroop effect when I started popping open cans of wine and drinking them straight from their containers.
Remember the Stroop effect? That’s when your brain has to pause to process conflicting information before it can identify what it’s trying to identify. The classic Stroop test has a facilitator timing how long it takes a person to say the names of colors when they’re printed in either their own colors (the word “red” printed in red ink) or neutral black. Response times slow dramatically when the person is shown the names of colors printed in conflicting colors (the word “red” printed in blue ink) and asked to identify the color of the ink. I know, mind-twisting.
One explanation is that we identify words automatically due to a lifetime of reading and when we have to switch something in our brains to ID the mismatched colors, it slows us down. I’m paraphrasing a single hypothesis connected to years of serious psychological research, but still, I think something along those lines was happening when I started swigging wine straight from cans — and how else would anyone drink canned wine except straight from the can?
Four easy-drinking, budget-friendly wines for Labor Day
We've got four easy-drinking, easy-on-the-wallet wines for your Labor Day sipping pleasure.
How To Never See Wine The Same Way Again: See It As A Blind Person Would
Here’s how to never see wine the same way again. Ready?
Start with the glass of wine held away from you. Breathe in and out through your nose, deeply, several times. (This puts you in a good place to experience the wine.)
Then, when you’re ready, bring the glass back, cover the opening with your hand, and swirl. (This concentrates the aroma.) Lift the glass to your nose right before you take your hand away, and notice the less and more intense smells that waft your way.
OpenTable selects 100 scenic restaurants that are all about the views
Just in time for that end-of-summer road trip: Online restaurant reservation site OpenTable came up with a list of the100 most scenic places to dine in the U.S. The selections are based on millions of reader reviews posted on the website.
California came out on top with 24 inspiring places to dine, from Duke’s Malibu restaurant and bar overlooking the Pacific to the hilltop Restaurant at the Getty Center.
The list includes restaurants in 34 states including Washington state (10) and Florida (7).
Rosé All Day: Taste Testing WInes by Drew Barrymore, Francis Ford Coppola, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
We put three celebrity branded libations to the test, with help from a fine wine specialist at Beverly Hills restaurant Villa Blanca.
Tinsel town’s hottest stars love to diversify their brands, and wine has emerged as a booming business for those in front of and behind the camera. Since rosé has become the trendy summer drink of choice (Sugarfina is even making rose gummie bears this season), we decided to put a few starry brands to the test. Famed director and producer Francis Ford Coppola, actress Drew Barrymore (who also owns the makeup company Flower Beauty) and husband-and-wife team Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are all players in category. How do their pours measure up?
9 Canned Wines You'll Want Take Everywhere With You This Summer
Sure, wine is amazing, but traveling with a glass bottle isn't. But there's good news: Wine in a can is a thing! We've rounded up a few of our favorite lightweight, portable canned wines—they're just what you need for your next pool party or picnic. No wine glasses? No problem! Simply open and enjoy. Cheers!
What’s Haute: Healdsburg
Healdsburg, a small town with big-city acumen, is a charming respite in northern Sonoma County, with great food, superb wine, memorable vintage architecture and boutiques, and lovely hotels. Drive up from the city and spend a long weekend to refresh and reset.
Best outdoor dining restaurants in Sonoma County
It’s rare to find a restaurant in sunny Sonoma County that doesn’t have an umbrella or two for al fresco dining, but not all patios are created equal.
Here’s a selection of more than 30 list-worthy restaurants with shaded patios, prime sidewalk people-watching and sun-dappled gardens worth seeking out. Just remember the sunscreen.
This July 4th, Drink Wine In A Can (Or A Box, Or A Carton)
The hipster in the YouTube video swirls his glass of wine with a passion matched only by the aggression of the smarmy scowl on his face. Dressed in a denim jacket layered on top of a red hooded sweatshirt and a blue tank top that shows off just the right amount of chest hair, he is the opposite of the old-fashioned wine drinker. And he’s the perfect embodiment of the point that Union Wine Co., an Oregon producer that has made a name for itself by packaging some of its wines in beer-style cans, is trying to make.
Mothers Day Gifts Under $55
Honor thy mother! With the celebration of Mother’s Day coming up fast, we’ve been compiling a bevy of thoughtful gifts. Below, a few ideas for every mom, whether she’s artsy, traditional, health-minded to eco-chic or a culinary loving woman.
10 Wines to Pair with Thanksgiving Dinner
I always think of horseshoes around Thanksgiving. I haven't pitched a shoe in years, and it's not that the approaching autumn feast makes me want to find some nice clay pits and zero in on a stake. It's just that I have to choose the wines for the most ridiculous and glorious dinner of the year.
In horseshoes you listen for that subtle tink of shoe against stake, or the clang and jangle of a more ostentatious ringer. That's the goal — a ringer — but as long as you come close to the target, you still get points, and points here and there can add up to an overall win. This is how you want to think about matching wines with Thanksgiving dinner.
33 Best Gifts for Wine Lovers
Want to get your wine-loving friends something great this holiday season, but don't want to spend lots of money on a nice bottle of wine? Fear not, because there are plenty of other things you can get for your wine-o pals that they'll be just as excited about -- wine-drinking accessories like funky decanters, cute corkscrews, or even kits for them to make their own wine!
A Truly Blind Wine-tasting
I am walking through a winery -- blindfolded. But you can banish any thoughts of "50 Shades of Grey." This is a Tasting in the Dark event at Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville, and it's about to get very dark indeed.
We're greeted with a glass of bubbly upon arrival -- presumably to calm any fears about our impending loss of sight.
"Once I give you the blindfolds, you may feel a little vulnerable," one guide tells us.
Francis Ford Coppola Doesn’t Want to Make “Factory Movies”
Francis Ford Coppola makes a lot more wine than he does movies nowadays. We haven’t seen a film from the iconic director behind The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, and The Conversation for four years now. His last picture, Twixt, came and went. Over the past decade Coppola has been directing some of his most experimental work, not what he calls “factory movies,” which he has no interest in making. Read more about why the director stopped making movies for major studios after the jump.
Northern California: All You Need to Know for Your Wine Country Bachelorette Party
If you're heading to California wine country for your bachelorette party, check out our recommendations for the best places to wine, dine, and relax in Napa Valley and Sonoma County!
Inside Francis Ford Coppola’s Family-Friendly Sonoma Winery
If you’ve been to one winery, you’ve been to them all, right?
There are acres of grapes, clinking glasses, and enough wine to cater a Real Housewives reunion.
But in Sonoma County, nestled in the rolling hills and endless skies, lies one winery whose style is unlike any other.
Making Wine at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Yahoo Travel Editor Brittany Jones-Cooper goes behind the scenes at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Sonoma County.
Canned Champagne Is Bad, And Also Perfect
I recently learned that you can buy champagne in cans thanks to the genius of Francis Ford Coppola vineyards. If you winced at that sentence, canned champagne is definitely not for you. For the rest of us, it’s delightful sparkling wine.
Resplendent in its skinny pink can, Sofia Mini is not a new product, but the bar around the corner from my Brooklyn apartment just started selling it, and I’ve been noticing it lately in quite a few area watering holes. It’s not good! The first time I tried Sofia Mini, it neither exceeded nor fell short of my expectations.
Wine in cans? The idea is starting to pop in the U.S.
Wine in cans? It just doesn't track. You hear that unmistakable pop of a beer can opening — only it's wine inside, not beer. And it's not cheap plonk either, but some serious juice.
Though Australia's Barokes Wines was probably the first to try the idea, way back in 1996, the idea is just catching on here. And no outrage from Paul Hobbs, one of the world's most lauded winemakers, when asked about it.
Francis Ford Coppola introduces Vendetta wine
Sometimes in life, you may have a vendetta. No, not that feud – more like the Francis Ford Coppola kind of wine.
Vendetta’s bold flavor comes from the combination of cabernet sauvignon from Mendocino County and Malbec from Monterey County. The cabernet flavors were chosen for its textural dimension, moderate tannins and floral nuances that go well with the Malbec, which boasts a cherry cola aroma. We love the peppery mineral qualities that are found in the flavor along with toasted wood.
Celebrating harvest 2015 at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery
In celebration of the 2015 harvest, which just kicked off in Sonoma County, find out what the winemakers at Francis Ford Coppola Winery do to unwind during the busiest time of the year.
From jogging around the vineyards to jumping into the winery's pool, these winemakers make the most of harvest.
Gia Coppola is the latest filmmaker turned sommelier
Gia Coppola has been keeping busy since directing pal James Franco in 2013’s “Palo Alto.” The 28-year-old granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola spent the summer curating an Italian cinema series with Peroni, modeled in a Rodarte campaign earlier this year, and is revamping her own line of wine, aptly named Gia.
Portable Wine Guide: 6 Wines to Sip While Outside
Enjoying wine in a park or at the beach no longer means pouring a bottle into a Thermos or hiding in shame behind your cheap box of Franzia wine.
There are now several high-quality options in sleek, easy-to-grab containers that will make you feel like the coolest person at the picnic.
“Portable wines are definitely coming into their own,” says Alexis Korman, a contributing travel editor for Wine Enthusiast. “It’s losing the perception that it’s just crap wine.”
When Did Rosé, Like, Become a Thing?
One night earlier this summer, a group of six women filed into a corner booth at Mamo, a Manhattan transplant of the very popular restaurant Mamo Le Michelangelo in the French Riviera. But before they sat down, the queen bee with crown crafted by Drybar, whose vibrant turquoise handbag matched her cocktail dress, asked the host, “And is this where Beyoncé sat?”
5 Conveniently Canned Wines for Easy Summer Drinking
Don't worry, old-fashioned wine bottles aren't going anywhere, but as summer winds down, these convenient, impossible to break, superportable cans are perfect to tote to a picnic, lazy beach day or friend's barbecue.
The Best Wines in a Can
Putting wine in a can makes it lightweight, unbreakable, and crushable (nice when backpacking out your empties). None of that matters, of course, if it tastes like, well, what you might expect wine in a can to taste like.
9 Best Wineries to Visit with Kids
We know what you’re thinking, but hear us out. Many wineries offer onsite delis or restaurants and picnic spots (with gorgeous scenery), perfect for a family outing. Others offer grape juice and activities for kids to enjoy while you (responsibly) decide whether or not the Pinot Noir trumps the Cabernet Sauvignon. Cheers!
Ferment to Be: Everything Else You Can Do at Wineries
Private Event Pool Rental Packages at Coppola
You can now rent our the entire 300-person pool area here. It's got two pools, bocce courts and a big patio. Great news for you and 299 of your friends. 411: Through October, $4,500, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, 707-857-1471
10 All-American Sparkling Wines Under $30 for Fourth of July
The Fourth of July is here and we are feeling patriotic. It’s America’s birthday, after all, and we know that celebrations are more fun when you pop open a few bottles. Whether you are grilling up some hot dogs, hitting the beach or taking in a spectacular fireworks display, these budget-friendly, all-American sparklers are your go-to bottles this Fourth. Below, our tasting panel weighed in on their favorite pours, with hand-selected pairings for each bottle. Cheers!
How to Drink Wine at the Beach
Wine tends to fidget when taken out of the house. It gets hot and soupy in the sand. (Remember chemistry class? Ethanol heats up much faster than H20.) It stains the picnic blanket when everyone’s all jostling for the cheese. Despite our best efforts to make it fun and relaxed, wine demands to be housed and squired and served just so. Still, it can be cosseted to taste good on a sunny day.
The best bet for wine on your picnic, concert, park-bench people-watching sesh, morning jog, etc. is alternative packaging, and the type that generally best weathers the outdoors is the humble aluminum can.
The Most Spectacular Pools in the Country
You'll probably want to go on a weekend jaunt at the Coppola winery and hang out in and around one of these two pools. Probably.
A passion for sustainability in Sonoma
Lori Bisordi grew up watching her nonno farm their ranch in the Russian River Valley, where they now primarily grow Zinfandel and Chardonnay grapes for wineries such as Martin Ray and Kunde Family Estate.
For the Bisordis it is a beautiful way of life, yet a fragile one.
The 20-year-old and third-generation farmer knows that agriculture these days is often seen by others in a “dim light” — leeches on the environment, especially at a time when water in California is scarce. That’s why when the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission announced that it wanted every vineyard and winery in the region to be certified sustainable by 2019, she persuaded her family to get involved with the program.
Popular blind wine tasting an inspiration
For Hoby Wedler, the ocean is not about the view. It’s the smell.
“It’s oysters and fresh fish and seaweed,” explained Wedler, a blind man who sees life — and wine — through colorful aromas.
Since 2011 he has been using that unique gift to lead “Tasting in the Dark” wine tastings at Francis Ford Coppola Winery. In addition to sampling the wine, it’s a chance for guests to meet a blind man with vision.
Shedding Light On The Wine Industry: An Interview with #Petaluma Native Hoby Wedler
Petaluma native Hoby Wedler, born with a rare eye disorder causing blindness, breaks into the wine industry using his keen sense of smell.
The Cinematic Genius: Francis Ford Coppola
"I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians."
The Godfather - like another Mob-centric piece of culture, The Sopranos - has moved well beyond the space a movie, even a very good one, occupies in our culture to become a byword for perfection. After winning his second, third, and fourth Academy Awards for that film, Coppola went on to direct movies like The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, and The Outsiders, standing alongside Spielberg as one of the premier American film directors of the late 20th century.
Sofia Coppola’s Juicy Red Valentine
Sixteen years ago, the filmmaker and vintner Francis Ford Coppola named a personal batch of blanc deblancs sparkling wine after his effervescent daughter Sofia, who loved it so much that they decided to produce it on a larger scale and sell it to the public. The blend, best known as the bubbly packaged in chic little raspberry-colored cans (accompanied by miniature straws), became the first Coppola wine named after Sofia.
The Best Mini-Bottles to Sneak into the Movies on Valentine’s Day
I can’t think of a better place to get to know someone than a dark, buttered-popcorn–scented movie theater, avoiding each other’s gaze and conversation for hours on end. And if you’re like me (God bless you), you never go to the movies (or to your in-laws’) without a little bottle of something fun and at least 80 proof to keep your various lipsticks company. So cheers to Valentine’s Day with these adorable minibottles that will fit snugly in your bag as you head out to see Fifty Shades of Grey or Paddington or whatever else is coming to a theater near you.
Downton Abbey Wines Expands with New Collection
Just in time for the popular premiere of Downton Abbey's fifth season, Downton Abbey Wines expands its portfolio with the new Countess of Grantham Collection, inspired by American-born character Lady Cora Crawley. The New World-style collection—a counterpoint to the other Bordeaux-style Downton Abbey wines—features a Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, both sourced from Lodi, California, and will be sold for $15 a bottle.
Francis Ford Coppola
Five-time Academy Award winner Francis Ford Coppola is one of the world’s most innovative and influential filmmakers. The Godfather, which he made while in his early 30s, has been ranked second only to Citizen Kane on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest American movies. Also high on the list are his Apocalypse Now and The Godfather Part II. (See list below.)
What do earthquakes, Cuba, the Coppolas and Grumpy Cat all have in common? Unfiltered predicts they'll all play a major role in our wine conversations this year. But before we get to the fun and fortunetelling, let's take a peek back at how we did with last year's predictions.
Francis Ford Coppola Talks Travel
Why did you decide to become a hotelier? Why share your homes with everyone? I always tell my kids, 'You can buy anything you want - an apartment in Paris and a boat and this and that, but you're going to be working like a dog just to achieve the maintenance'. I realised when I had my first place in Belize: other guests would pay a fair price [to stay there], which would enable us, as a family, to keep it, and suddenly we ended up in the hotel business.
Francis Ford Coppola Talks Travel
The filmmaker on the best luggage, life's greatest luxury and how 'Apocalypse Now' made him a hotelier The story of what got Francis Ford Coppola into the hotel business is one of a simple plan that became complicated. It started with the making of his Vietnam War epic, "Apocalypse Now," released 35 years ago next week. Though shooting in the jungles of the Philippines pushed Mr. Coppola to his limits psychologically and financially, he nonetheless grew attached to the setting. "When you work or stay in a location for a long time, as I did, you fall in love with it," said Mr. Coppola, now 75.
The Best of Basilicata
Traveling through the rugged, under-the-radar Basilicata region of southern Italy still provides the thrill of discovery. Located above the “arch” of Italy’s boot, Basilicata (known locally as Lucania) may not have the glamour of the Amalfi Coast or the polish of Tuscany. But it does have a wild beauty that can seem otherworldly, even biblical: ancient buildings hewed from honey-colored limestone; black-sand beaches fringing a verdant coast; and a simple yet rich culinary tradition.
Italy's remote Basilicata holds hidden treasure
Once a place of exile, this southern Italian region lures visitors with its hearty and rustically glorious food and incredible wine. Brad Johnson reviews his discoveries. Boom! Boom! Gunshots shatter the early morning calm. It’s not yet 8 a.m. when two rifle blasts echo through the countryside. Most of the village of Bernalda is already awake. I’m halfway through a bicycle ride when the gunfire reverberates through the valley that surrounds this sleepy Italian village.
La vita Coppola
Many are unaware that the Godfather don, Francis Ford Coppola, has a hotel line. Jade Conroy takes a lesson in how to holiday la famiglia Coppola way...Then there was, perhaps most importantly, the six-year renovation of the Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy. It’s been a project close to Coppola’s heart, for Bernalda is the birthplace of his grandfather. In the same vein, the nine suites are named, and were designed, by the members of his family (not to mention consulted once again by Tavoularis). Sofia married there in 2011 before it opened the following year.
Coppola Resorts around the world
Francis Ford Coppola, in addition to being a director, writer, winemaker and restaurateur, is also owner of several luxury resorts -- Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize, Turtle Inn in Belize, La Lancha in Guatemala, Palazzo Margherita in Italy and Jardin Escondido in Buenos Aires. Here are some photos...
An Oscar-Worthy Wine from Francis Ford Coppola
Among the Director’s Cut releases, Cinema is perhaps the most distinctive... Oh, and the label is very cool – and very cinematic – as well.
The Perfect Wine for Oscar Night
Hollywood great Francis Ford Coppola has about as much passion for great wine as he does for great film - and he's been in both businesses for nearly as long.
My Ten Most Memorable Meals of 2012
A poolside feast with the Coppolas...I enjoyed a lazy lunch with a fresh-baked pizza, an overstuffed muffaletta (the classic New Orleans version of an Italian hero) and, of course, wine.
YumSugar Survival Guide: Food Festivals
Headed to the New York City Wine & Food Festival or any other major culinary event soon? If so, you'll want to watch our survival guide to braving a weekend's worth of food, wine, and spirits. At the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, we asked everyone from pastry whiz Jacques Torres to Iron Chef Michael Symon to former Top Chef contestants what their insider tips are for navigating an epicurean event. Learn what their best practices are — plus our secret tip for navigating tasting tables!
Drink Bravely with Mark Oldman: What Wine in Chateau Marmont Suite 69?
With Halloween approaching, Mark visits Hollywood's magnificently haunted Chateau Marmont to reveal a perfect wine for share with ghosts of Chateau's suite 69. Opining on wine enclosed in a can, he reminds us that anything that lessens the distance between your mouth and the wine is a good thing.
Featured wine:Francis Coppola "Sofia" Blanc de Blancs Mini
Matchbox Twenty's new album fueled by red wine
Matchbox Twenty's front man, Rob Thomas, says the band's new album, "North," was fueled by red wine, namely Francis Ford Coppola Winery Director's Cut Pinot Noir.
Celebrate the Olympics with 6 wines for $20 or less
Ray Isle, executive wine editor of Food & Wine, selects fantastic bottles from six of the countries competing in the Olympics -- and they're all $20 or less. So raise a glass (or two... or three)!
Aspen Food & Wine Interview with Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Dave Elger video interview with Francis Ford Coppola Winery at the 2012 on Hotmixology 4th of July 2012
Living the Summer Dream at Francis Ford Coppola Winery
It’s no secret that you can’t exactly have a pool day in San Francisco. You know, pool days, those days by the pool with a cold, adult beverage in hand, so hot that you can’t help but jump in the pool every so often to stay comfortable. Yeah, you can’t do that in San Francisco. However, that summer pool day you may be longing for isn’t too far away–it's just across Highway 101 in Sonoma County at Francis Ford Coppola Winery. That’s right, vino and pool time.
Check Out New Inns
This hotel in a restored late-19th-century villa has an unlikely location—the workaday hilltop village of Bernalda, in the arch of Italy's boot. But Bernalda is also the hometown of director Francis Ford Coppola, who thought it the perfect site for his most recent luxury inn, which opened this spring. While celebrity pedigree may be part of the draw, the nine-room hotel can easily stand on its own in terms of appeal.
The Bay's Top 10 Swimming Pools For An Extra-Cool Summer
The crème de la crème of wine-themed watering spots? All tracks lead to the posh pool of Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Seriously, this swimming sanctuary is giant and has a Euro-fab feel. Reserve a cabine ahead of time to be assured luxe pool chairs.
Start Your Summer with Coppola's Sauvignon Blanc
Francis Ford Coppola takes his wine and food seriously, believing that the two should really be enjoyed together. Notes Corey Beck, wine director for Coppola Wines, “One of Coppola’s philosophies, and something he always stresses, is the enjoyment of wine and food together.
Best Summer Trips
Country: Bernalda, Italy
Palazzo Margherita, Francis Ford Coppola’s fifth property, is set in the Basilicata region in the small town of Bernalda, where his grandfather lived. The Medieval hilltop city overlooks the Ionian Sea, has no major attractions and doesn’t see many tourists—and that’s its charm.
Sneak Peek: Palazzo Margherita, Bernalda, Italy
A remodeled 120-year-old palazzo is now an intimate nine-room resort, the Palazzo Margherita, which opened March 1 in the Southern Italian town of Bernalda. The hotel is decorated with hand-painted fresco ceilings and marble floors dating to the 1800s and restored to their original luster, while furniture pieces by French designer Jacques Grange offer bits of Moroccan and Baroque flair.
Coppola’s Italy for Guests, Not Moviegoers
Besides being a filmmaker and a winemaker, Francis Ford Coppola has owned hotels and resorts since the 1980s. With his latest, Palazzo Margherita, palazzomargherita.com, in Bernalda, Italy, he now owns five properties. His first, the Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize, was a result of his developing an affinity for the jungle, “as people do,” he said, while filming “Apocalypse Now” in the Philippines 35 years ago. The latest, in the Basilicata region of Italy near the boot’s arch, was inspired by family.
COPPOLA PREMIERES NEW HOTEL
One of Hollywood's most respected directors has opened a hotel in a palazzo in southern Italy. Francis Ford Coppola, the head of a dynasty of film-makers and most famous for directing The Godfather, is expanding his portfolio of luxury properties with a 19th-century Italian villa, his first hotel in Europe. Opening today, Palazzo Margherita is located in the attractive little town of Bernalda - the birthplace of Coppola's grandfather, Agostino - in Basilicata.
The Luxurious Palazzo Margherita Opens Today
Poised to put Southern Italy’s little-known region of Basilicata on the map for fashionable travelers, film director-hotelier Francis Ford Coppola has just debuted his glamorous new Palazzo Margherita in the tiny hill town of Bernalda, his ancestral home. The Palazzo, originally built in 1892 and totally restored and redecorated by Coppola, working with star French decorator Jacques Grange, has nine lavish rooms and vast suites, most with terraces and balconies, enormous bathrooms, beautiful tiled floors, and stunning frescoed walls and ceilings.
The Court of Coppola
With the help of legendary French interior designer Jacques Grange, Francis Ford Coppola has transformed a 19th-century palazzo in his family's Italian hometown into a grand hotel with the romance and sophistication of the Belle Époque. There is something about waking up in Sofia Coppola's bedroom at the Palazzo Margherita that makes one feel rather like a princess. The walls and high ceilings are painted with golden trompe l'oeil trellising and faux marble, tall doors with long white curtains open onto a terrace and a walled garden below, and the bed is enormous.
On Wine: The Zin Scene
"Blending also plays a role at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Sonoma County, where winemaker Corey Beck uses 5 to 15 percent petite sirah in his Director's Cut zinfandel. The grapes aren't intermingled in the vineyard, but he ferments the zin and petite sirah together, like a field blend. Beck says he also achieves balance by working with his growers to encourage even ripening."
Mouthful: Electric Cars & Wineries (Podcast)
Three Sonoma County wineries have electric car charging stations available at no cost for visitors to the wineries. On today's show, we hear from James Luchini of Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Jessica LaBounty of Benziger Family Winery and Dane Gaffney of Inman Family Wines, an all-solar facility with the first charging station in the county.
"Francis Coppola Winery has a new star. The 2007 Archimedes is named for the Greek mathematician, whose inventions include the lever and the hydraulic screw. The wine, of course, is suitably intense and complex, dark and distinctive - much like the director's top films. Archimedes is a cabernet sauvignon with a splash of cabernet franc to finish it. The result is round and full, a harmonious Sonoma County production..."
Francis Ford Coppola Winery Awarded 2011 USA Wine Producer of the Year
“We're very excited to be awarded this year's USA Wine Producer of the Year trophy,” said Emily Putman, export sales director for Francis Ford Coppola Presents, who was in London to receive the award. Adding, “Our wines garnered a great deal of positive attention during this year's competition and we're thankful to be recognized globally by the IWSC for our achievements in winemaking -- achievements made possible by the creative vision of our owner Francis Coppola and the hard work and dedication of our entire winemaking team in Sonoma County.”
The Godfather's Wine Advice
Writer Jason Adams gave his mom a bottle of Francis Ford Coppola's most famous wine in 1995, but she died without ever opening it. Sixteen years later, he visits Coppola in Napa looking for closure, and the director tells him just what to do.
Stephen Dorff presents Kathie Lee & Hoda with Sofia Rosé
Sofia Rosé was mentioned on the November 4th airing of "The Today Show," in a segment with Kathie Lee & Hoda. Actor Stephen Dorff talks about his role in the new movie Immortals, and brings along a bottle of Sofia Rosé to the hosts as a gift.
Style Issue: Lauren's Party Secret: Serve fun drinks!
"I stock up on these mini cans of bubbly (photo of Sofia Mini singles and 4-pack) and keep them over ice for guests to enjoy. They come with little straws. - I can't get over how adorable they look and how good they taste!"
Francis Ford Coppola's Wine Cocktails
The legendary film director - and Sonoma winery owner - offer up three ways to jazz up your glass of vino.
A Bounty of Pinot picks from Sonoma Coast
2009 Francis Ford Coppola Director's Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($21, 13.5%): Coppola winemaker Corey Beck found a surprisingly subtle expression from divergent spots - Carneros and Russian River Valley - that highlights the versatility (and geographic muddle) of "Sonoma Coast" in an everyday bottle.
Some California wineries welcome all in the family
You might think kids would be about as welcome at a winery as cork taint. But happily for those who didn't lose their palates when they became parents, there are wineries that welcome all in the family.
Wine Line: Godfather hits some high notes
Everyone we dealt with was helpful and pleasant, from our tour guide to our restaurant servers... The tasting of your wines was informative and fun. It’s nice to see that you have a gratis tasting as well as a $5 and $10 tasting for the reserve wines. I think other wineries should follow suit.
Weekly Interview: Corey Beck
Each week, as regular readers know, Terroirist poses 16 questions to a winemaker. This week, we’re featuring Corey Beck, the director of winemaking at Francis Ford Coppola Winery.
Kathie Lee & Hoda experience "Rocky Mountain high"
Video Clip: Today hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb travel to the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, and along the way take a break to enjoy a glass of Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Chardonnay.
Where to Wine: Francis Ford Coppola Opens Winery Park
The Winery Park is a playground for the posh (think a 3,600-square-foot swimming pool and 28 cabines - European-style changing rooms). There is also an outdoor Pool Cafe, a performance Pavilion, four regulation-sized bocce courts and more.
Coppola's pool has a sunny opening
Francis Ford Coppola has added another flavor to his iconic Geyserville winery — a swimming pool with a decidedly resort-like feel. Set on a sprawling deck that looks out over Alexander Valley, it opened Friday on a warm spring day and was an immediate hit.
Francis Ford Coppola Honored
ABC's Good Morning America honors Francis Ford Coppola for receiving the Irving G. Thalberg Award at the 2010 Governors Awards, an invitation-only event that honors Hollywood stars.
Top 100 cultural trends shaping the West
#1 | Wineries as the ultimate playgrounds: It started with a bocce court or two (Robert Mondavi Winery) and some medieval turrets (Castello di Amorosa) in Napa Valley, but the winery-as-theme-park trend hits its stride at Sonoma County’s Francis Ford Coppola Winery, which has a pool, cabanas, two full bars, and a museum’s worth of movie memorabilia.
Coppola unveils ‘wine wonderland’
Just after Francis and Eleanor Coppola acquired the property in March 2006, he said he wanted to create a family-friendly wine resort in Sonoma County to complement the exclusive orientation of the Rubicon property he has reposition in Rutherford in Napa Valley.
Francis Ford Coppola Pool Opens
I spoke with General Manager and Director of Winemaking Corey Beck, and he's happy to report that Coppola took his first dip in the pool this week and gave it a thumbs up. The pool, at a warm 82 degrees, is now open to the public
Coppola’s wine chateau also is family-friendly
In what can best be described as water park meets wine tasting, Francis Ford Coppola Winery near Geyserville is hoping to be the go-to family friendly destination in the wine country.
Bring the Family
This is a whole new way of seeing wine touring: The winery as an entertainment center, a destination for family fun and, yes, a playground for parents and their children. In a way, it’s astonishing that it took this long to figure it out. What’s not astonishing is that it took a visionary Hollywood director to do so, a man who, at the core of his existence, is a “family” man in every broad and good sense of that characterization.
The pizza at Rustic is perfetto. There are five kinds to choose from, including one named for Francis's daughter, Sofia — an accomplished filmmaker in her own right (she most famously directed “Lost in Translation” with Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson). The Pizza Funghi e Salsiccia ($15 ****) sounded good and tasted even better.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Francis Ford Coppola, the director of such movies as Apocalypse Now, The Cotton Club, and The Godfather, has always displayed a bold, outsize vision. Now he’s brought this same epic approach to California’s Sonoma County.
36 Hours in Sonoma County
Around here, Francis Ford Coppola is known more as a winemaker than an Oscar-winning director, having been a vintner for decades at the Rubicon Estate in Napa.
"Killer" California Chardonnays
I recently conducted the great “Killer California Chardonnay” test by tasting, sampling and drinking - over 120 wines in a short period of time. That meant Chardonnay for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.
RUSTIC - Food from Napa's Godfather
Everyone has their favorite foods, from Ronald Reagan and jelly beans to Gwyneth Paltrow and anything non-dairy, non-gluten, non-meat, non-shellfish, non-condiment, non-sugar, non-alcohol, and non-caffeinated -- damn, she's a tastemaker! Bringing you Francis Ford Coppola's favorite grub, Rustic.
Rustic at Francis Ford Coppola Winery
The creative essence of Francis Ford Coppola swirls around his palatial Geyserville winery like a thick fog. Seeping into every detail, from menu to merchandising, there’s no question the Godfather director is a hands-on kind of guy, with his strong personal likes and dislikes informing into every detail of the massive remodel of the former Chateau Souverain.
WINE WONDERLAND: Famed Film Director Opens New Wine Resort
The newly renovated Francis Ford Coppola Winery, which opened the month of July 2010, is the latest venture from the famed film director, Francis Ford Coppola.
Coppola's Rustic Francis' Favorites: Interior and Menu
We warned you this was coming. And now, after four years of costly and laborious reconstruction on the Chateau Souverain Winery property he purchased in 2006, Francis Ford Coppola's Geyserville winery project will exhibit its first sign of completion next week with the opening of its full-service restaurant Rustic Francis' Favorites.
Sonoma wine will add spark to your summer party
"2007 Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut, Dry Creek Valley - The famed filmmaker has a smash hit with this lively, classic zin. Colored a deep ruby red and sporting a fruity nose warmed by wood and spice, the wine is bright, balanced, a bit earthy and loaded with vivid black fruit. Good finish."
New Coppola Restaurant Unveiled
"The restaurant at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville is still under construction, but during a sneak peak at the 84-seat dining room and 86-seat outdoor terrace last week, the space appeared to live up to its new name: 'RUSTIC, Francis' Favorites.'"
State of the Union: The CA Wine Industry with Corey Beck
"I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Francis Ford Coppola winemaker, Corey Beck, to chat about all things California. Beck has a richer history with California wine than most. As the grandson of a former Chateau Montelena vineyard manager, Beck has been tending to vines since the early 1970s! In addition to giving a recap of the 2009 vintage in Northern California, he provides us with some early insight into the 2010 vintage, which emerging California appellation we should watch for, and explains why Malbec is not only for Argentina anymore."
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