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.
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.
The 2012 Sofia Chardonnay from Francis Ford Coppola Winery comes from a tradition that began with sparkling Blanc de Blancs, a gift from Francis Ford Coppola to his daughter Sofia. The latest release comes with a peach-colored label and was celebrated at a Mother’s Day event complete with indoor and outdoor peach balloon installations, samples and hand-made French, peach-colored macaroons.
Sofia blends 75 percent Chardonnay and 25 percent Pinot Blanc, well balanced, bright and crisp. Fruit flavors include green apples, white peaches, pairs, spices and a touch of citrus. The wine was vinifed in stainless seel to preserve the fruit’s flavors, while the remainder fermented in used French oak barrels. Sofia has a suggested retail price of $19. From the design of the label to the style of the wine, Sofia Coppola played a part in the fine tuning of the blend, Winemaker Corey Beck points out.