GEYSERVILLE, CA – Francis Ford Coppola Winery will continue partnerships with the Sundance Institute and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as the exclusive wine sponsor for the second consecutive year of the Sundance Film Festival and the sole wine brand poured at the 90th Oscars® and Governors Ball, the Academy’s official post-Oscars® celebration. Attendees of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival will have several opportunities to interact with Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Select wines are being served at official Sundance Institute events. In addition, attendees can visit the winery’s activation at the Festival Co-Op on Main Street, dubbed “The Coppola Club.” Guests will be able to immerse themselves in a unique film experience and screen The Family Coppola’s first original branded short film, “The Red Stain,” directed by Rodrigo Saavedra. In this innovative club space, The Family Coppola will premiere the new Diamond Collection Pavilion Chardonnay* and introduce an exclusive new rewards program for The Family Coppola insiders. Peet’s Coffee® will be available for guests. While at Sundance, The Family Coppola will also announce the winner of the Francis Coppola Director’s Short Film Competition, a collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Zoetrope: All-Story, at a private venue. The five competition finalists, as selected by accomplished filmmaker and entrepreneur Roman Coppola, are Jon Ayon, Gus Péwé, David Bornstein, Odessa Young and Matt Nelsen. Film buffs can cast their vote for the competition’s Viewer’s Choice Award at http://www.TheCoppolaClub.com. “We conceived of the competition as a call to action, as a catalyst for anyone with the ambition to make a film to do just that. We’ve been encouraged by the response, and grateful for the introduction to such inventive and imaginative work, especially from new and emerging filmmakers,” says Roman Coppola.
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
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.