JD was invited to a special dinner at Mr Chow in Beverly Hills highlighting the wines of the Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Mr. Coppola wasn't there himself, but was ably represented by winemaker Corey Beck, accompanied by an enthusiastic staff of publicists and marketing folks.
We arrived and were immediately ushered upstairs to the meet and greet area. Wait staff proffered aperitif wines - either the 2012 Sofia Chardonnay or 2012 Votre Santé Chateau Red (a Rhone-style GSM blend) along with hot passed hors d'oeuvres. As other media guests arrived, JD and I chatted with Associate Brand Manager Rose Thorssen, who put us at our ease, and stayed with us through dinner.
Squab with Lettuce, Fresh Scallop on the Shell, Vermicelli with Lobster, Shanghai Cucumber paired with 2010 Su Yuen Riesling
Ma Mignon, Black Cod, Nine Seasons Prawns, Pineapple Sauteed Rice and Lily Bulb with Mountain Yam paired with 2008 Director's Cut Cinema
Beijing Duck paired with 2011 Diamond Collection Claret
I have to admit, Coppola wines have really not been on my radar. I've had many glasses of Coppola Rosso over the years, and a few bottles of the Diamond Collection Claret - because I love the word 'claret' - but honestly, I've kind of thought of most of their wines as table wine, nothing fancy. This wine dinner reminded me that wine doesn't have to be expensive to be delicious and food-friendly. It's a good reminder!
The one theme that pervaded the evening was that when Francis wants to do something, it gets done, and it gets done well. Corey recounted a story about the boss wanting to create a sparkling wine in a can for the Sofia brand, and Corey sent him a long email explaining why they shouldn't do it. The response: "Do not be the roadblock to creativity."
Good words to keep in mind.
|Rose Thorsson of FFC, JD, GoW|
Photos courtesy of Chelsea Lauren Photography.