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A Tavola! Pinot Grigio 2016
California

Life with Father (1947
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23 @ 11:45 PM (ET)

This wine is meant to be shared – preferably around the table with family. When dinner is finished, pour another glass and enjoy the inimitable William Powell, who stars as the head of an 1880s New York family. Costarring with Powell are Irene Dunne, Edmund Gwenn, and a young Elizabeth Taylor.

THE WINE

Drink like Hollywood royalty with this fresh white from the Sonoma estate of Academy Award winner (and long-time wine buff) Francis Ford Coppola and talented winemaker Corey Beck. A Tavola! Pinot Grigio sports a gold medal and 92 points from the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Showing all the ripefruited character of the excellent 2016 vintage, it bursts with vibrant apple and pear flavor. Crisp, juicy, and perfect for a big family dinner a tavola (around the table) – especially if seafood is on the menu.

THE GRAPE

While it’s grown all over the globe, Pinot Grigio’s spiritual home is northern Italy. There, it produces light to medium-bodied wines with crisp citrus- and orchard-fruit flavors, often with a hint of nuttiness. In Alsace, it is known as Pinot Gris, and is made in a fuller-bodied style that suits the rich foods locals enjoy. Many New World regions are now experimenting with the variety – here in the U.S., Oregon, Washington, and of course, California produce delicious versions of both styles.

THE WINEMAKER

WM_Coppola_Corey-Beck-2013While the Coppola team’s all about fun, they’re just as devoted to quality. Twentyyear veteran winemaker Corey Beck worked at Napa’s storied Inglenook winery after serving as Cabernet cellar master at Château Montelena, the winery that put California in the global spotlight (Montelena’s Chardonnay bested their white Burgundy counterparts at the infamous 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting).

WITH FOOD

fish_seabassveggiesuccotashOne sip of this lovely, fruit-filled Pinot Grigio, and you’ll be transported to sunny California. Enjoy it all on its own as a refreshing aperitif or with a plate of crackers, fruit, and soft, creamy cheeses. Planning a big, Coppola-sized family feast? Go for simple fish or chicken dishes. We like grilled halibut, smoked salmon, or lemon chicken piccata.

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