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