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A Tavola! Chardonnay 2015

Journey to Italy (1954)

This Italian-inspired release from Francis Ford Coppola pairs best with a cinematic trip to Italy. George Sanders and Ingrid Bergman (wife of her director Roberto Rossellini) play an English couple whose marriage is on the rocks. The cast and crew worked loosely without a script to guide them, resulting in a film experience like few others of its day.


You may know Francis Ford Coppola as the legendary director of The Godfather – but now, he’s almost as famous for his head-turning California wines. And this luscious release is no different. Known as the Queen of Whites, Chardonnay thrives under sunny California skies – especially during a stellar vintage like 2015. Sourced from top sites across the Central Coast, it’s brimming with lemon custard, yellow apple and notes of cream.


As you’d expect from the man responsible for The Godfather Trilogy, Dracula and Apocalypse Now, a visit to Coppola is an epic experience. Beyond the world-class vineyards and winery, the property’s home to Rustic, an ‘Diners’ Choice’ and one of America’s 100 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants. You’ll also find pools, bocce courts, a memorabilia and film gallery, and the pièce de résistance: a pavilion inspired by the bandshell in The Godfather: Part II. It’s a top spot for live music, dancing, stargazing, soirées and more. Talk about the complete package!


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).


chkn_cornishgamehensoloAt Thanksgiving, this luscious white is our top pick for turkey. But of course, it’s versatile enough to be served year-round. Try it with roasted chicken or creamy pasta dishes. Just take care when you chill the bottle: a rich, ripe Chardonnay like this doesn’t need to be ice cold. Serve at cool cellar temperature (45 minutes in your fridge should do the trick).

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