Francis Ford Coppola Winery
300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, CA 95441
Date : New Years Eve 2016 Entering The New Year 2017
Francis Ford Coppola’s Winery in Geyserville was a stunning surprise. There is nothing better than the element of surprise, especially while on vacation from the hectic holidays in Las Vegas, Nevada, but while writing a story in Cloverdale, California, I drove through the Wine Country roads to find Coppola’s brand bottled. In the beginning, I was not interested in visiting another winery. I am so happy that I stopped. Francis Ford Coppola’s winery has a museum, swimming pool, upstairs bar, outside patio, and extraordinary restaurant. The bartender and waitresses were wonderful. Customers crowded around inside from China, Japan, Houston, and the energy of their enthusiasm was exciting to be apart of as we shared camera phones to take photos of one another on New Years Eve in the redwood forests of Northern California. My neighbors at the bar ordered pizza baked in a brick oven. Pasta was being passed around with fresh bread rolls that resembled donuts without the sugary taste. The dish that delighted me was a special made my Coppola’s mother: Chicken pressed under a brick and fried in olive oil with broccoli and baby carrots harvested from the estate garden named Chicken Mattone. The bartenders said the dish was his favorite as tourists shared stories while dining on rack of lamb, Polynesian spare ribs, and rigatoni in an astonishing sauce full of beef, veal, raisins and pine nuts. Each dish had a story. Francis Coppola wrote about his mother on the menu as well as family members like Uncle Mikey’s favorite sausage sandwich. He is a great storyteller. The rustic restaurant sold olive oil used in the dishes to fry the french zucchini. Views were spectacular from the restaurant. Tourists stopped to ask for a picture as I walked back to the parking lot. Every person who entered wanted to remember their experience, especially when visiting the movie collection from Francis Ford Coppola’s hit films concerning Dracula, Apocalypse Now, Tucker, The Godfather, and Sofia Coppola’s movie Marie Antoinette. Imagine all this great food served with a view from the walled windows as you indulge in the best wines served in the tasting area. Plus Francis Ford Coppola’s Winery is closer to Sonoma County’s Charles M. Schulz Airport than the neighboring town of Santa Rosa. Thus if you are a local Las Vegas visitor like me, you can now take nonstop flights from Las Vegas McCarran Airport on Allegiant Airlines into Charles M. Schultz Airport and eat at Coppola’s Rustic Restaurant with his wine in less than two hours. The flight was seventy minutes from Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit the Mob Museum around Downtown Fremont Street for lunch as you prepare to eat dinner at Francis Ford Coppola’s Winery and Rustic Restaurant in the evening for dinner. Upstairs Francis Ford Coppola’s museum has a collection of memorabilia from his hit film The Godfather including the original desk used in the film script next to the written script behind museum glass. Charles M. Schultz’s Cartoon Museum with the Peanut characters is less than thirty minutes south of Coppola’s museum restaurant serving wine.
Publisher, Thomas Chee