I DON'T DRINK WINE BUT, I AM A MOVIE BUFF
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SEE ERIN'S VERSION HERE...........
THERE ARE SO MUCH â€śSTOMACH PITCHINGâ€ť MOMENTS WITH ERIN THAT I HAVE TO PUT IT ON AN OUTLINE.
I made Erin happy by wine tasting with her and have her take a photo of me with a glass of red wine. Even though I have a photo of me at the VEGAS MEETUP IN APRIL 2008 posing with Jillianâ€™s (jillianj) glass of red wine.
I had my wine lesson with John Holdredge, Erinâ€™s attorney at her work, who owns a winery.
Met 2 ladies wine tasting via bikes and they were drunk
I told John to try carnevino in Vegas. Since he is a steak connoisseur.
I didn't like one of john's wine that he said just is the first time he has had to bring out the "spit bucket", so Erin drank the rest of it.
We went to Francis Ford Coppolaâ€™s winery
I had no idea Coppola has a passion of wine and food.
Both of us are obsessed with round objects
Both of us spent 15min takes photos of grapes and finding the most purple bunch
We spent taking photos of the wine bottle sticker on the road.
I was upset the Coppola museum is still under construction.
I asked the server if I could look at his espresso cups
I was enjoying the grape seed oils and marinara sauces
We were hungry for Russian river pub wings.
I had no idea how much Erin loves wine, after spending a day in wine country, YUP she is a true WINO!!!
2002 Holdredge Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA (ONE OF THE WINES I TASTED)
There is a whole class of wines in Napa and Sonoma that represent dreams in the process of being realized.
Because of their smallness, because of their optimism, energy, and sometimes because of their unschooled talent, these wines are often very exciting for me. They exist as tiny amounts of often excellent fruit, a few thousand bottles, with a unique name and label, some hard work, and not much else, but they are the new kids on the block --strangers that just came to town -- and they are precious because of it.
Holdredge Wines may have a slightly larger footprint than some of these wineries, as they pour their wines consistently in a tasting room on Front Street in Healdsburg, and because they actually have a family-owned vineyard in the Russian River Valley, but they are still a perfect example of what I'm talking about. John Holdredge is a lawyer by day, winemaker by night along with his wife Carri. Their 1000 case total production doesn't make them enough money for John to quit his day job, but eventually, if they keep making wines at the quality level they are currently, I predict it will happen.
The Holdredges, like lots of these small winemakers, founded their label in 2001 with a passion for Pinot Noir.
Interestingly, as I searched my way around the web trying to dig up information on this wine (not easy!) I learned that the family vineyard (known as the "Lover's Lane Vineyard") has about half an acre planted with the grape Schioppettino, which is an indigenous varietal for the northernmost part of Fruili in Northeastern Italy. Also known as Ribolla Nera or Pocalza, this varietal figures into some Slovenian wines, and Holdredge apparently blends it occasionally into his Syrah in small quantities.
This wine is the family's flagship, and represents the majority of their production, even at the miniscule amount of 500 cases.
This wine is a slightly cloudy cinnabar in color with a lively nose of caramel, cinnamon, pomegranate and raspberry aromas. In the mouth it is rich and smooth with flavors of tart nearly-ripe plum, raspberries, and very light tannins that support a delicate and very pretty structure through to a reasonably long finish.
This was a gorgeous match for a roasted salmon with warm lentils that Ruth made the other night.
Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award-winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter.
Coppola was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Italia (nĂ©e Pennino) and arranger/composer Carmine Coppola, who, at the time, was the first flautist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He was the second of three children (his sister is actress Talia Shire). Two years later, Carmine became the first flautist for the NBC Symphony Orchestra and the family moved to New York City, finding a home in Woodside, Queens, where Francis spent the remainder of his childhood.
Coppola had poliomyelitis, or polio, as a boy, leaving him bedridden for large periods of his childhood, and allowing him to indulge his imagination with homemade puppet theater productions.
Coppola often worked with family members on his films. He cast his two sons in The Godfather as extras during the street fight scene and Don Corleone's funeral; his daughter, Sofia Coppola, appeared in all installments of the series(the first two movies with uncredited roles). His sister, Talia Shire, played Connie Corleone in all three Godfather films. His father Carmine, a composer and professional musician, co-wrote much of the music in The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, and Apocalypse Now.
His eldest son, Gian-Carlo Coppola, was in the early stages of a film production career when he was killed on May 26, 1986 in a speedboat accident. Coppola's surviving son, Roman Coppola, is a filmmaker and music video director whose filmography includes the feature film CQ and music videos for The Strokes, as well as co-writing the Wes Anderson film The Darjeeling Limited.
Coppola's daughter, Sofia Coppola, is an Academy Award-winning writer and -nominated director. Her films include the critically-acclaimed films The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation. In 2004, she became the first American woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, for Lost in Translation.
Other famous members of Coppola's family include his nephews, Nicolas Cage, Jason Schwartzman and Robert Schwartzman.
In recent years, Coppola, with his family, has expanded his business ventures to include winemaking in California's Napa Valley at the Rubicon Estate Winery in Rutherford, California. His company, Francis Ford Coppola Presents, owns a winery in Geyserville, Sonoma County, California.
In the early 1960s, Coppola started his professional career making low-budget films with Roger Corman and writing screenplays. His first notable motion picture was made for Corman, the low-budget Dementia 13. After graduating to mainstream motion pictures with You're a Big Boy Now, Coppola was offered the reins of the movie version of the Broadway musical Finian's Rainbow, starring Petula Clark, in her first American film, and veteran Fred Astaire. Producer Jack Warner was nonplussed by Coppola's shaggy-haired, bearded, "hippie" appearance and generally left him to his own devices. He took his cast to the Napa Valley for much of the outdoor shooting, but these scenes were in sharp contrast to those obviously filmed on a Hollywood soundstage, resulting in a disjointed look to the film.
In 1971, Coppola won an Academy Award for his screenplay for Patton. However, his name as a filmmaker was made as the co-writer and director of The Godfather (1972), The Conversation (1974), and The Godfather Part II (1974). In between directing the Godfather films, Coppola wrote the screenplay for the critically and commercially unsuccessful 1974 adaptation of F.
The Godfather and The Godfather Part II
In 1972, The Godfather was released to critical acclaim and huge commercial success. Directed by Coppola, even if the first choice was Sergio Leone, and adapted by Coppola and Mario Puzo from Puzo's bestselling novel, The Godfather follows the story of the Corleone crime family during the 1940s and 50s.
In 1974 the highly anticipated sequel The Godfather Part II was released. Again directed and co-written by Coppola, the second film follows the story of the Corleone family under Michael Corleone throughout the 1950s and 60s, intercut with sequences depicting Vito Corleone as young man and his subsequent rise to power. The sequel was as commercially successful as the first film and received much critical praise. It became the first sequel to win the Academy Award for Best Picture; it also earned Coppola Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay while winning three other awards and earning five other nominations.
THX 1138 and American Graffiti
In the early 1970s Coppola also helped launch the career of George Lucas by producing his first two films, THX 1138 and American Graffiti. The latter film became a huge success at the box office and met to strong reviews, even earning Coppola a Best Picture nomination. Lucas would later go off to create the extremely successful Star Wars and Indiana Jones series.
In between The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, Coppola directed The Conversation, the story of a paranoid wiretapping and surveillance expert (played by Gene Hackman) who finds himself caught up in a possible murder plot. The Conversation was released to theaters in 1974 and was also nominated for Best Picture, competing against The Godfather Part II; Coppola became one of the few directors to have two films competing for the Best Picture Oscar since the annual number of nominees was reduced to five in 1945.
Following the success of The Godfather, The Conversation and The Godfather Part II, Coppola began filming Apocalypse Now, an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness set in Cambodia during the Vietnam War (Coppola himself appears in a bit part as a man barking out orders). Before production of the film began, Coppola went to his mentor Roger Corman for advice about shooting in the Philippines, since Corman had filmed several pictures there. It was said that all the advice Corman offered Coppola was "Don't go". The production of the film was plagued by numerous problems, including typhoons, nervous breakdowns, the firing of Harvey Keitel, Martin Sheen's heart attack, extras from the Philippine military leaving in the middle of scenes to go fight rebels, and an unprepared Marlon Brando with a bloated appearance (which Coppola attempted to hide by shooting him in the shadows).
Like Citizen Kane, its reputation has grown in time and Apocalypse Now is regarded by many as a masterpiece of the New Hollywood era. Roger Ebert considers it to be the finest film on the Vietnam war and included it on his list for the 2002 Sight and Sound poll for the greatest movie of all time.
The 1991 documentary film Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, directed by Eleanor Coppola (Francis's wife), Fax Bahr, and George Hickenlooper, chronicles the difficulties the crew went through making Apocalypse Now, and features behind the scenes footage filmed by Eleanor.
After filming Apocalypse Now, Coppola famously stated:
"We were in the jungle, there were too many of us, we had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little, we went insane."
In 2001, Coppola re-released Apocalypse Now as Apocalypse Now Redux, restoring several sequences lost from the original 1979 cut of the film thereby expanding its length to 200 minutes.
NapolĂ©on restoration and One from the Heart
Despite the setbacks during the making of Apocalypse Now, Coppola kept up with film projects, presenting in 1981 a restoration by Kevin Brownlow of the celebrated 1927 Abel Gance film NapolĂ©on that was released in the United States by American Zoetrope. Coppola's father scored a soundtrack for this cut of the film.
Coppola returned to directing with the experimental musical One from the Heart (1982). Unfortunately, that film was a financial failure.
Hammett is a 1982 homage to noir films and pulp fiction directed by Wim Wenders and completed by Francis Ford Coppola. The film is a fictionalized story about writer Dashiell Hammett, based on the novel of the same name by Joe Gores.
In 1982, he directed The Outsiders, a film adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. Coppola credited his inspiration for making the film to a suggestion from middle school students who had read the novel. The Outsiders is notable for being the breakout film for a number of young actors who would go on to become major stars. These included major roles for Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, and C. Thomas Howell. Others rising stars in the cast include Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, and Tom Cruise.
Captain Eo & Rip Van Winkle
In 1986 Coppola, with George Lucas, directed the Michael Jackson film for Disney theme parks, Captain Eo, which at the time was the most expensive film per minute ever made. In 1987 he directed in the "Faerie Tale Theatre" Rip Van Winkle the Rip Van Winkle episode.
New York Stories
in 1989 Coppola teamed up with fellow Oscar-wining directors Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen for an anthology film called New York Stories.
The Godfather Part III
In 1990 he released the 3rd and final chapter of The Godfather series with The Godfather Part III. Coppola successfully managed to get Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, and Talia Shire to return to the franchise, but Robert Duvall refused to reprise his role as Tom Hagen. While not as critically acclaimed as the first two movies, it was still a box office success. Some reviewers criticized the casting of Coppola's daughter Sofia, who stepped into a role abandoned by Winona Ryder just as filming began. Despite this, The Godfather Part III went off to gather 7 Academy Award nominations, including Best Director and Best Picture for Coppola himself.
Dracula and Frankenstein
In 1992, Coppola released Bram Stoker's Dracula, an adaptation of Stoker's novel which tried to follow Stoker's novel more closely than previous film adaptations, although its closeness to the book is often debated. Coppola cast Gary Oldman in the films title role, along with Winona Ryder and Anthony Hopkins. The movie's box office success enabled Coppola to keep his vineyard. The film won Academy Awards for Costume Design, Makeup, and Sound Editing. Two years later Coppola produced but did not direct an adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which featured Kenneth Branagh (who also directed the film) in the title role and The Godfather Part II actor Robert De Niro as the monster.
Zoetrope All Story
In 1997, Coppola founded Zoetrope All-Story, a flashy literary magazine that publishes short stories.
Coppola's Rubicon Estate in Napa, California rests on a few hundred acres of prime grapevines which have produced a number of award winning wines for the famed director. Tours of the estate start at $20 for a historical tour and $45 for a tour of the wine facilities (tastings included). Also located on the grounds is the Centennial Museum. The museum contains artifacts from the original owner of the estate, Gustave Niebaum, as well as movie memorabilia from Coppola's films, including all five of his Oscars.
A restaurant owned by Francis Ford Coppola really needs no introduction. It's not too hard to guess that anything with his name on it is going to include fantastic wine and great Italian food. If you happen to be in the San Francisco area, be sure to stop by Rubicon, CafĂ© Zoetrope, or CafĂ© Ross Bianco (in Palo Alto).
Disney had Disneyland and Coppola has Blancaneaux Lodge in the jungles of Belize, Turtle Inn on the southern coast of Belize, and La Lancha in Guatemala near the Tikal region. Travelers can drool over all three locations at the following website.
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