GEYSERVILLE, CA – The Family Coppola recently named President and Director of Winemaking Corey Beck CEO. Beck has been in the wine industry for more than 20 years, beginning his career in viticulture at Napa Valley’s renowned Chateau Montelena. He joined The Family Coppola in 1998 where he rose from assistant winemaker to winemaker to ultimately, president and director of winemaking. A respected member of the Sonoma County community, Beck is a past president of the Sonoma County Vintners and is regularly involved in a variety of wine industry symposiums and advisory councils. In November 2016, Wine Business Monthly named Beck one of the “Top 50 Leaders,” one of the most sought-after wine industry recognitions.
“Corey has been an integral part of this company since joining nearly 20 years ago,” says Francis Ford Coppola. “His passion for winemaking and dedication to the staff are unmatched and I’m proud to appoint him as CEO.”
In this new expanded role, Beck will oversee Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Virginia Dare Winery in Geyserville and the newly launched Great Women Spirits. Café Zoetrope in San Francisco will also fall under Beck’s responsibilities.
GEYSERVILLE, CA – “Buy a Bottle, Save A Bee” is the slogan for new wines from The Family Coppola here. The Family includes the Francis Ford Coppola Winery and the Virginia Dare Winery. The new wines will be released on August 19th at the Virginia Dare Winery here with festivities, tastings and informative sessions continuing through August 20th. Bee’s Box is part of the long-term sustainability aims of the Family Coppola wines, and grew to become an employee-driven program of beekeeping, fueled by grave concerns for diminishing bee populations, along with the wineries’ natural capacity to take action. Behind the project, Courtney Prose became responsible for maintaining the hives and providing direction to other employees tending the bees each week, while Lisa Asimont tabulates the overall impact on the estate. “The bees on our property are more than just hives,” says Asimont. “They’re our effort to promote biodiversity in our vineyards. When agriculture has greater biodiversity, the entire ecosystem benefits. It’s a cornerstone of being sustainable.” Ten percent of the proceeds from the sale of Bee’s Box Wines will be donated to organizations whose mission is to promote pollinator health through conservation, education, and research. One is the San Francisco-based Pollinator Partnership and their Bee Friendly Farming Center through which farmers and growers can certify themselves by following prescribed guidelines, and subsequently identify themselves with the BFF logo of a black bee on a green background.
About the Wines
2016 Bee’s Box Chardonnay (Monterey, Mendocino and Lodi) Nose: ripe tropical fruits, including pineapple, pears, and melon layered between tones of vanilla, roasted nuts, and mocha Palate: rich crème brulée texture with flavor of a fruit compote finish and blend of baking spices
2016 Bee’s Box Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara, Monterey, and Clarksburg) Nose: vibrant fragrance of cranberries, black cherries, nutmeg, vanilla, and oak
Virginia Dare 2014 Russian River Pinot Noir comes from Geyserville in California’s Sonoma County and reflects the heritage of its founders, two businessmen from North Carolina who created that state’s first commercial winery known as Medoc Vineyard. It opened in 1835, producing wines with the Virginia Dare label, which became one of the country’s top sellers.
Today, The Family Coppola has revived the label with its charm and hint of old-fashioned American ingenuity. They seek to combine top contemporary winemaking techniques with the classic spirit of the brand.
The Virginia Dare name comes from Virginia Dare, born in 1587 to English parents in the Lost Colony of Roanoke, VA.
The weather in 2014 was ideal and veraison, the time the grape berries soften, took place rapidly, ensuring a great vintage, says The Coppola Family.
This vintage displays traditional notes of cassis, black raspberry, and spice, with a “cranberry acidity.” Winemaker Sandy Walheim played with the aromatics, he says, and flavors, and worked with French oak to create what he calls an “exemplary” wine.
The vintage, which has good tannins and oak, offers notes of sandalwood along with black and red cherries, plum, and blueberry. The resulting wine was 12.9 ABV, and is 100 percent Pinot Noir. Visit www.VirginiaDareWinery.com.