Francis Ford Coppola = FFC! RUSTIC!: Wow, Bella!
The incredible and newly reconfigured, remodeled and redesigned in every way Francis Ford Coppola Winery beckons! I went to dinner at RUSTIC on Sunday, 1 August, with Peter- sat on the terrace and was totally overwhelmed and enchanted by the location, view, staff, food and wine. Perfetto- right down to the incredible little touches like the buttonhole on the cloth napkin to attach to your shirt and the deliverance of a twirling spoon as de rigueur, not as a special request. The details are assiduously looked after.
I especially appreciate the great wine service and have never seen wines by the glass so well presented; the bottle of the chosen wine (great, well-thought out wine list- good selection of local Wine Road wines, too) is brought to table, shown and then poured- wonderful to SEE the ACTUAL bottle on a Wine by the Glass selection. I love this added, thoughtful touch.
Returned for lunch on Friday, 6 August 2010, with Lynn Thomas, our Office Manager at Wine Road- Beth could not make it, having a previous engagement.
We have a great tour with James!
I so enjoy the movie memorabilia- the costume displays are wonderful. YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH vs BENJAMIN BUTTON- I love movies and this special place captures my imagination and heart. It just does not get any better than THE GODFATHER and what about LOST IN TRANSLATION– ? All Coppola, all here in Geyserville….
While on my tour with the fantastic James, I saw my children’s, Tony and Annie’s, Latin teacher, Jill Jones, who works the TR with her husband. Also saw my friend, Francois Cordesse, Fantastic Winemaker, in the lab. I had to go right out and buy a bottle of FFC Claret with the incredible wire on the bottle- my father, always looking for claret with his UK roots would have gone crazy for this wine! My friend, Steven Child, who works as Dishwasher in the amazing FFC Rustic kitchen reports a level of camaraderie and fun and friendship that makes FFC THE destination!
Ciao- more soon from my visits with ALL the fantastic members of Wine Road! The most romantic Road I know– TR