GEYSERVILLE, CA – Francis Ford Coppola Winery recently released its Diamond Collection wines in cans. The three premium whites – Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc – are expected to solidify the winery’s position as the leading premium wine producer in the canned category.
Coppola has been making canned wines since 2002 and in 2004, introduced its Sofia Minis, 187 ml mini aluminum cans of Sofia Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine. Today, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc have been added to the portfolio of 250 ml cans in a portable, lightweight 4-pack. Go to http://www.TheFamilyCoppola.com.
Francis Ford Coppola’s Diamond Collection wines are classic California wines, easy drinking, fruit-forward, and with great minerality. This Sauvignon Blanc is no exception. It blends grapes from the Alexander Valley, Sonoma Valley and Lake County with rich citrus and tropical fruit flavors.
2013 was a good year, with little rain and temperatures that were more moderate. You’ll notice crispness, minerality sweetness in this excellent and moderately priced ($17 SRP) Sauvignon Blanc. You’ll taste lemon, melon, figs and minerals.
The Diamond Collection wines include 13 varietals and were inspired by a Napa Valley property Coppola purchased in 1954 and a bottle of 1906 Claret found there.
Winemaker Corey Beck produces a crisp and fresh wine with a long finish, one that’s perfect for hot summer days at the beach, on picnics, and at more formal dining occasions. It blends 90.5% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% Chardonnay, and 3.5% Semillon, and has 13% ABV.
Sommeliers, wine experts and just plain old wine afficiandos alike debate this time of year about which wine best goes with the Thanksgiving meal. Well, one size doesn’t always fit all, and this year, California’s Francis Ford Coppola Winery is suggesting a range of wine varieties to go with everything from the first bite to dessert.
The collection of three elegant wines includes Director’s Pinot Noir, a lighter option from California’s Russian River Valley to accentuate the many flavors of the classic Thanksgiving meal. Think flavors of spicy oak and dark fruits which will complement the traditional bird.
There’s also Diamond Claret, a bold, rich option in case there’s also a red meat option on the table either accompanying Tom Turkey or instead of the bird. Coppola’s Diamond Collection 2010 Claret Cabernet Sauvignon carries on the winery’s tradition of its Diamond Collection, inspired by a bottle of 1906 Claret found by Francis Ford Coppola in the basement of the Napa Valley property purchased in 1975. Feeling strongly about creating a new brand, he designed a new label and launched the Diamond Collection in 1997 with Black Label Claret. Today, the wine comes in a black bottle with dramatic gold lettering and netting. Today’s Diamond Collection includes 13 varietals in “all colors of the rainbow,” says Coppola.
Lastly is the Sofia Rose, a great choice to go with the pumpkin pie – light and delicious to complete the meal.
Along with these three, the winery has put together an online exclusive, a Thanksgiving 6-Pack with two bottles each of the Reserve Pinot Noir, Reserve Vigonier Director’s Cut Zinfandel, available for $190 or at 15% for wine members. To order, visit http://www.franciscoppolawinery.com/store.