Don’t judge a Francis Ford Coppola wine by its bottle

Cars pass through the entrance to the Francis Ford Coppola Vineyard.

Ever heard the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? This is usually something my friends will tell me before a blind date (because I am all about keeping an open mind these days), but the same can be said for a bottle of wine I suppose. This week I am out to prove that what’s inside can reveal a lot more than a first glance. So whether you’re looking for a great new wine find, or hoping this week’s match.com date will not be another dud, relax, give it a chance and above all have fun with it.

Roaming through the wine store, you’ll come across a ton of labels that sometimes do a disservice to the wine inside the bottle. You can buy “Fat Bastard”, “The Prisoner” or even a wine labeled “Bitch” nowadays. But that shouldn’t stop you from doubting the quality of many of these wines.

A few years ago I remember scoffing at the notion that Francis Ford Coppola could produce a good wine. Here we go again I thought, another celebrity slapping his name on a product to make even more money. “Stick to directing buddy, you have to make up for ‘Godfather III’ eventually,” I thought. But that’s not the case at all. Winemaking runs through generations of the Coppola family, and the Godfather has established himself as a reputable winemaker showcasing the best Sonoma County’s grapes and terroir have to offer. Check out franciscoppolawinery.com to see why this will be my next vacation spot-it is Disneyworld for wine lovers!

This week I am drinking Francis Ford Coppola “Director’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2009.” It is a single varietal, made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromatic on the nose with floral and dark berry notes, it is dry but still lively on the palette. I was surprised by the luscious, juicy feel of this wine on the mouth, I usually like my Cabernet a little more austere, but this was very well balanced and a great example of the differences in a California Cabernet when compared to those of the old world tradition. Aging in both French and American oak lends soft smooth tannins to the wine, which is full of ripe, dark fruit like blackberries, plum and cherry. I let the wine breathe a bit and after another sip or two enjoy hints of spice, toast and coffee for a medium to long finish.

It’s funny because I think my original bias against Coppola’s wine may be shared by many. I picked this up for $17 at New Golden Wine & Liquors in Bayside, Queens (probably around $20 in Manhattan), and when I purchased it I asked the store manager what he thought. “It’s actually pretty good” he said and I knew right away he had read my mind. I’d like to try more from the Director’s collection and at this price why wouldn’t I? The “Cinema” blend looks particularly interesting and is the “Director’s Cut” collection flagship wine.

I think I’ll grab a few more bottles, invite some friends over and have a movie marathon to pay homage to the vintner of this delicious Cab…


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

City Council budget asks for 1,000 additional NYPD…

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito unveiled the City Council's budget priorities on Wednesday, including the extra cops for the NYPD at a cost of $94.3 million.

Local

Behind the costumes at the Brooklyn Cosplay Fashion…

Echo Chronum, 17, is a quiet and reserved Brooklyn high school student who often buries herself in her homework. But there is another side to…

Local

Reddit helps man locate missing mother in New…

The Reddit community helped Josh Goldberg find his missing mother on Tuesday.

National

Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement

The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to a unity pact.

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, April 23: 'Suburgatory,' 'Modern…

'Suburgatory' The men of "Suburgatory" go camping and Tessa mentors a social outcast in a Miss Chatswin contest, which brings her, once again, into conflict…

The Word

The best lines from Oprah's ex-stepmother's Daily Mail…

Oprah’s ex-stepmother, Barbara Winfrey, is out for revenge.

Books

A debut novel about fate, love and moving…

Pia Padukone talks about her debut novel, "Where Earth Meets Water."

Movies

Review: 'The Railway Man' is a literal-minded look…

In "The Railway Man," Colin Firth plays a WWII vet suffering from massive trauma acquired from his days as a beaten POW.

NBA

Phil Jackson talked to Steve Kerr, pushes for…

Knicks president Phil Jackson spoke to the media for the first time since firing head coach Mike Woodson on Monday.

MLB

Fantasy baseball: Searching for early season prospects

It’s relatively rare for a mediocre 30-year-old hitter to suddenly go nuts offensively for 162 games. That’s why minor league prospects are so exciting.

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC 'targeting' US international Mix Diskerud

Metro New York has learned Mix Diskerud has drawn “interest” from the expansion MLS side, NYCFC.

NFL

Jets announce they will return to Cortland for…

The tradition of holding camp in Cortland began in 2009 when Rex Ryan wanted to get his Jets away from the distractions of New York City.

Style

Pippa Middleton's Etsy pick: Golden Thread Jewelry

Get a look at the jewelry Pippa Middleton loves and find out how you can buy it too.

Parenting

What every parent needs to know to get…

Mom and author of "Small Talk," Tracey Blake, shares her five practical tips to help you develop your children's language skills.

Sex

Subway crush: Meet your soulmate on your commute

Read about a couple who has been 40 years after meeting on the train.

Tech

Happy birthday, Game Boy! The handheld console turns…

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 this week. To commemorate, we look at some of its better games, like "Tetris" and "The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening."