Road trip: Coppola winery

We had some visitors last weekend — my dad, stepmom, sister Megan, and Megan’s boyfriend. So we got to try another new place, Francis Ford Coppola’s winery up in Sonoma County. It’s really unlike any of the wineries we’ve been to so far, mostly because it is a lot bigger, and a lot more showbiz. But that’s why it’s so much fun.

Each side of the main building has these big pointy towers. Can’t miss ’em!

Outside there is a big pool with cabanas you can rent for the day. Next to the pool is a bandshell that’s modeled after the one in Godfather Part II.

There are indoor and outdoor restaurants, a museum where you can see Coppola’s Oscars,

and of course the beautiful vineyards, and the plant where they package up all the wines.

At the end of our tour we got to taste several wines, including one that was still in the fermenting process. My favorites were actually the Sofia wines. The rose comes in this curvy bottle,

and the blanc de blancs comes in a pretty pink wrapper that they always leave on while serving (you can’t remove Sofia’s dress!).

They’d both be great picnic wines. By the way, do you have BevMo where you live? Because it is awesome.

One of my favorite parts of the tour was getting to taste the grapes right off the vine.

Some of the grapes were shriveled because it’s late in the season.

We ate some zinfandel grapes, and they were really tasty. For some reason I thought that wine grapes weren’t supposed to taste good.

Overall, it was a great day, and I think everyone was glad we chose such a unique winery.

It was also fun to drive back a different route than we usually go, so we could decide which wineries we want to tour on our next trip!