Going Gangsta with Coppola Wines
Life is too short for cheap wines, buy Coppola Wines at discount
Life is too short for bad food and cheap wine! This is the tag line for my blog and it is also the way I live my life. With that said, I cannot justify opening an expensive bottle of wine from my amateur wine collection on a weekday night. In addition, I am no longer in my early 20’s, so I can not bring a $8 bottle with a kangaroo label to a dinner party. In both scenarios, I want a great wine at a cheap price.
A wine perfect for these scenarios can cost somewhere between $15-24. Some of the best selections at this price range are produced by Francis Coppola Winery.
This week I tasted three wines from Francis Ford Coppola Winery, which are on sale this month at Vons and Pavilions. I make the sacrifices for my readers . I have been a long-time fan of Coppola wines because his wines are sometimes just as complex as his movie characters. Some are sweet, but sultry, while others appear to be soft, but have a darker side.
Below is my reaction to the three Coppola wines that are part of the special at Vons and Pavilions.
2013 Sofia – Blanc de Blancs
Sophia is soft and smooth like a woman’s touch and unexpectedly bubbly. Do not let Sophia’s whimsical nature fool you, she is a serious wine that stands on it’s own. This wine pairs well with food and but can be enjoyed alone. This sparkling wine is made with Pinot Blanc, Muscat, and Riesling grapes.
The wine is crisp, slightly sugary, but very refreshing with an acidic finish. I tasted cream, stone fruit and crisp pears. I drank two glasses in a row and did not get the back of the throat sugar taint that I get from some sparkling wine with a Muscat and Riesling mixture I also liked the level of bubbles in the wine, just enough to be interesting without taking over the palate.
I enjoyed a cheese pairing with the Coppola Sophia wine. Specifically the wine went really nice with the blue cheese. The light and semi-sweet/semi-acidic nature of the wine counterbalanced the full mouth assault of the rich blue cheese. The bubbles also made the blue cheese turn from a tough gangster to soft teddy bear.
I also enjoyed this wine with kettle chips, a creamy salmon spread with a smoked salmon garnish, and some Thai curry rolls.
2012 Director’s Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
This wine is born of two regions, Carneros and Russian River. The Carneros region is cool, providing a Pinot Noir with soft berry and spice flavors. The rest of the grapes are grown in the warmer Russian River (inland) region, resulting in a more robust and complex flavor profiles. Together these grapes create a wine of sensitive character moody edges.
I tasted the typical flavors of soft red berries and floral notes, although the flavor unfolded to be complex with some dark cherry notes, mulling spice and a little leather at the finish.
I paired the Coppola Pinot Noir with my almond crusted goat cheese ball recipe. Although Pinot Noir does not normally pair well with strong stinky soft cheeses, like goat cheese, this blend of Pinot Noir did remarkably well. The nuts with the goat cheese added another flavor layer to the pairing.
2012 Diamond Collection – Black Label Claret
The term Claret, is a British term that was used to describe wine made in the Bordeaux style wine. The Coppola Claret is made with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Since I am a big fan of bold wines, this was my favorite. For me this wine is a little more intense than the softer French Bordeaux. This wine stars the California Cabernet Sauvignon and the other grapes are just supporting actors.
I tasted a complex range of flavors from dark berries, dry raisins, earth and a hint of chocolate covered espresso beans ( you know the flavor). The wine graduated from a full body at the beginning and finished soft.
I really enjoyed this wine with a hard Dutch cheddar and the goat cheese. The wine had enough umph to play alpha dog with these two cheeses. This wine is definitely the Godfather of the three wines.
The Claret tasted really good with the leftover ribs and smoked buffalo wings from the BBQ joint I visited the night before. This wine would go well with any grilled meat, especially a steak or a big fat cheeseburger!
Coppola Promotion at Vons and Pavilions
The promotion at Vons and Pavilions ends April 1st, so this is a good time to stock up on some Coppola wines for cheap. We picked up a case of wine and saved 40% with the 30% off and bonus 10% “six bottle or more” discount.
This is how the price breakdown looks with the discount:
Claret: reg. $19.99, on sale (1 bottle) $13.39 (any 6 bottles mix & match) $12.85
Pinot: reg. $21.99, on sale (1 bottle) $15.39 (any 6 bottles mix & match) $13.85
Sofia: reg. $18.55, on sale (1 bottle) $12.99 (any 6 bottles mix & match) $11.69
This is a good deal for great wine in my opinion. Life is too short to drink wines with animals on the label. You are better off getting one of these wines than the Toasted Head that made it’s way into your shopping cart last week.
Peter Dills, famous food reporter on KABC radio, is hosting “Taste Before You Buy™” events at Southern California Vons and Pavilions. You will be able to try out these Coppola wines for yourself. The final Orange County tasting will be at the Newport Beach Pavilions at San Miguel on Sunday from 3-5:30 pm. The sale ends April 1, 2014.
Disclosure – Keeping it real
I was provided the three bottles to enjoy. The review and opinions are purely my own and not induced. If any of the wines were bad or not up to snuff, I would not have either skipped the review or called out their shortcomings. In the nature of disclosure, Coppola Winery is one of my wine crushes before I tasted these bottles. With that said, the wines met my high expectations and I ended up purchasing extra to stock up.