If I’m spinning through TV channels and stumble upon any of “The Godfather” movies, I’m immediately locked in, pouring wine, and on the couch for the duration. Francis Ford Coppola’s Oscar winning showcase of an Italian family’s love of food and wine is drool-worthy, albeit with a bit of Mafia drama and angst mixed in. In addition to film, Coppola has built a namesake in the wine industry with his many California brands, including Director’s Cut, Diamond Collection, and Sofia.
When I hear Coppola speak of his family and heritage, I am inspired and love his grandfatherly touch, which is reminiscent of the tender side of Vito Corleone playfully rambling through the tomato garden with his grandson. These traits of connection and dedication were perfectly captured in Anthony Bourdain’s treasured interview in Italy with Coppola. It is dripping with respect for food, wine, history, and family.
Coppola has integrated that family love into his wines, such as his sparkling wine grown in Monterey County titled Sofia after his only daughter. I love the adjectives circling the Sofia label clearly demonstrating his sparkle for his daughter, including “revolutionary, poetic, reactionary, and ebullient.” His Eleanor red blend wine is a tribute to his wife, Ellie, of more than 50 years. The Eleanor wine’s label is artistic and artisan with the contents containing the deep character wines of syrah, petite sirah, and cabernet sauvignon.
Lucky for Orange County wine lovers and perfectly timed with Oscar season, Catal Restaurant in Downtown Disney is hosting a Coppola Wine Dinner at 6 p.m. March 12. For $95, excluding tax and gratuity, you’ll savor five courses built to complement the Coppola family of wines. Reservations for the dinner are available online.
Coppola Wine Dinner at Catal
Scallop crudo of coconut milk, tomato water, young pickled ginger, mango, crispy garlic, and fish-skin chicharron
Pairing: Director’s Cut 2015 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
Poached halibut with white asparagus, rhubarb, brown-butter radish
Pairing: Diamond Collection 2017 Pinot Noir, Oregon
Maple Leaf duck breast with tangerine, Peruvian potatoes, and lavender sesame vinaigrette
Pairing: Director’s Cut Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Alexander Valley
Ribeye with confit potatoes, wild mushrooms, and truffle puree
Pairing: Eleanor Red Blend 2013, Sonoma County and Napa County
Apple rose tart with diplomat cream, and rose water consommé
Pairing: Sofia Brut Rose 2017 Monterey County
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