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

Best nature spots for kids in New York…

When it comes to kids and nature, most U.S. parents agree: children should be spending more time outdoors. According to a recent survey by The…

Local

Easter 2014: The year's best bonnets

It's Easter, and that means it's time for Fifth Avenue to turn into a veritable catwalk of bonnet-wearers. The annual march, which kicks off at…

Local

Woman arrested for attempted kidnapping of baby in…

Authorities said that a Queens woman behind an attempted kidnapping of an 8-month-old baby boy was arrested on Saturday.

Local

Hate crime charge in attack on Sikh Columbia…

A man has been arrested and charged with a hate crime after he allegedly pulled the beard of a Sikh Columbia University professor as part…

Television

‘Mad Men’ recap: Season 7, Episode 2, ‘A…

Peggy and Lou are horrible, Bert's racist, Don is honest(ish) and Roger and Pete are frustrated. "A Day's Work" not quite worthy of "This Will Be Our Year."

Television

'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

NHL

Rangers let chance at victory slip away in…

All the Rangers had to do was hold serve in a raucous Madison Square Garden — roaring in anticipation of putting a hated rival in a 2-0 series hole.

MLB

Yankees place Ivan Nova on DL with partially…

Yankees starter Ivan Nova was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his throwing elbow Sunday.

NHL

Rangers never thought opening round would be 'an…

You might have thought the Metropolitan Division semifinal series was going to be a rout after watching Game 1 Thursday night. The Rangers did not.

NHL

Rangers blow two-goal lead in Game 2 loss…

The Rangers got out to an early 2-0 lead in Game 2 and the Garden was rocking. But it went downhill quickly from there.

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.