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Café Zoetrope Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Monterey Pop (1968)
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A rock documentary from the bohemian days of late 1960s California, this record of the Monterey International Pop Festival – held just down the coast from San Francisco, home of Coppola’s bohemian-inspired Café Zoetrope – features musical appearances from the biggest names of the era: Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin and many others. Relax with these talents and a refreshing glass of colorful Sauvignon Blanc.


You might know Academy Award winner Francis Ford Coppola for his films, but these days, he’s almost as famous for his world-class wines. Named for his Italian-inspired San Francisco eatery, Café Zoetrope Sauvignon Blanc is a mouthwatering example. Winemaker Corey Beck (below) sourced the grapes from prime-sited vineyards throughout the North Coast (with an emphasis on premium Lake County). The fruit grew during the superb 2016 vintage, which Corey says was an even better year than lauded 2015. You’re in for layers of fresh-cut apple, zingy citrus and elderflower notes.


Taking off in popularity in the last 20 years, Sauvignon Blanc has traveled a long way from its spiritual home in France’s Loire Valley. Most notably, it’s taken on new life in Marlborough, New Zealand (where it’s famous for intensely concentrated, grassy/citrus flavors) and in California (where it often develops ripe, tropical-fruit notes). It’s sometimes favored as a crisper, more refreshing alternative to rich, oaky Chardonnays.


WM_Coppola_Corey-Beck-2013While the Coppola estate’s all about fun, their team’s just as devoted to quality in the cellar. Twenty-year veteran winemaker Corey Beck started his career as Cabernet cellar master at Napa’s storied Château Montelena, where he made wine from vines his grandfather (Montelena’s former vineyard manager) planted in the 1970s. Today, Corey is president and chief winemaker at the Coppola estate.


ital_seafoodalfredoPastaAt the actual Café Zoetrope, this lovely Sauvignon Blanc would be served with Linguine alle Vongo (pasta topped with clams and parsley). It’ll be equally delicious with fresh oysters or simply grilled shrimp. You could also go for a crisp, leafy salad – all the better if it’s sprinkled with goat cheese, Sauvignon Blanc’s classic match. And, of course, this makes a mouthwatering aperitif.

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