First Press News Vol. 26 No. 03 Wine

Francis Ford Coppola Winery Celebrates 94th Oscars® With Two Limited-Edition Awards Wines


94th Awards Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon to be Poured at 
Official 94th Academy Awards® Events

March 1, 2022 (Geyserville, CA) – Francis Ford Coppola Winery – the award-winning Sonoma County, California destination winery – will premiere two limited-edition wines in honor of the 94th Oscars® taking place on Sunday, March 27, marking the celebrated winery’s sixth year of partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Francis Ford Coppola Awards Wines will be poured at official Oscars® events.

The Francis Ford Coppola limited-edition 94th Awards Wines are housed in glistening gold-colored bottles and are crafted as symbols honoring the significant talent, passion, and hard work achieved throughout the entire film industry. The exclusive gold bottles are produced by Bottega in Italy, located in Bibano, Treviso, 30 miles north of Venice. Crafted in tiny quantities exclusively in honor of the 94th Oscars®, each wine represents a barrel selection of top lots from two of California’s most illustrious wine regions: Russian River Valley, a premier source of world-class Chardonnay, and Alexander Valley, home to Sonoma County’s most celebrated Cabernet Sauvignons.  

The 2020 vintage 94th Awards Chardonnay is rich and smooth with a creamy aroma of juicy pineapple and butterscotch. Notes of buttery caramel and ripe yellow fruit lend to a lingering finish. Full and robust, the reserve 2019 vintage 94th Awards Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley delights the nose with tantalizing aromas of blueberry, mocha toffee, and dark cocoa spice. Juicy flavors of concentrated blackberry and ripe plum are followed with mocha notes and an enticing vanilla caramel lift on the finish. Neither Sonoma County vintage is overwhelmed by their respective 14.2 and 14.5 percent alcohol content, and, while both will continue to mature gracefully in bottle for years to come, they are exceptional options to enjoy while toasting the winners of this year’s Academy Awards.

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Penny is a wine, spirits, food, and travel writer. Her sensory examination and evaluation of wine and food are noteworthy. Penny has a popular website called The WineKnitter that takes you with her to discover wine/spirits, travel, food, and culture worldwide. She began her serious foray into the world of wine in the early 1980s, where she was part of three very successful family-owned restaurants in NYC and "cut her teeth,” so to speak, with wines such as Petrus, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Haut Brion, Cristal, etc. Penny has an extensive presence on many social media sites, and her education is ongoing with wine seminars, wine tastings, and culinary delights from around the world. She studied at the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, completed WSET Level 2 Certification with Distinction, and is continuing with Level 3, advanced certification in wine. Penny is a member of The Wine Media Guild.

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