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article imageReview: Francis Ford Coppola's wines are as good as his films Special

By W. Mark Dendy     Nov 21, 2013 in Entertainment
Great movies are made by great film makers and great wines by great vintners. Francis Ford Coppola is best known for his contributions to film with greats like “Apocalypse Now” and “The Godfather.”
What is not common knowledge to most, at least among those who do not partake of the fruit of the vineyard, is that Francis Ford Coppola is also a great vintner.
Recently I visited the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, a place that Coppola himself describes as “a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life – food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life.”
The winery is perched on rolling hills overlooking the sprawling vineyards of the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. The tasting room and Coppola's own restaurant, Rustic, Francis's Favorites , are combined in a complex which houses the film maker's museum an amalgam of history and artifacts from Coppola's film making career.
The place is family-friendly, featuring two swimming pools connected by a swim through channel. At one end of the pool stands a row of cabines (small changing rooms) which can be rented daily for privacy. Additionally, there are four regulation-sized bocce courts and a terrace which features game tables for classic card and board games such as backgammon, chess and checkers.
The food at the Rustic, Francis's Favorites is delectable and moderately priced, the service superb. But more than anything, the reserve wines are as pleasing to the taste buds and olfactory sensors as were the wine stewards and members of the “family” in the tasting room.
The stewards were knowledgeable making the tasting experience an informative one (as long as you could hold your liquor).
Charmaine Lonzao and Josue Ortiz explained that the “Director” brand wines contained Sonoma fruit and could be purchased in retail outlets such as grocery stores. The “Director's Cut” labeled wines, each uses grapes from a “specific American Viticultural Area” and the best wines, the Francis Coppola Reserve collection wines “each come from a single vineyard.”
The most appealing to my taste was 2012 Viogner which comes from Catie's Corner in the Russian River Valley. The 2012 Pinot Noir from Dutton Ranch also in the Russian River Valley comes in second on my list.
For anyone looking for a nice light wine, the Sofia Rosé  is a great inexpensive choice available at most any store where wines are sold.
If you are ever in Sonoma County. CA. stop by the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, check out the museum, taste some fine wines, and who knows, you may run into the Oscar winning director himself.
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