Francis Ford Coppola Winery has partnered with Food Network Kitchen for the first in a series of live classes to feature holiday recipes paired with Francis Ford Coppola wines. Food Network’s Amanda Freitag, Chopped judge, and award-winning cookbook author has created three holiday recipes to complement hand-selected wines from The Family Coppola portfolio.
Recipe and The Family Coppola Wine Pairings:
Diamond Collection Chardonnay, Crab Cake Bites with a Spiced Mayo
Sofia Rosé, Seckel Pear with Honey, Whipped Goat Cheese and Crispy Prosciutto
2016 Pitagora Red Blend, Chorizo in a Blanket with Herbed Agave Sauce
These recipes will be prepared by Chef Freitag in three live episodes set to stream on the app on December 2nd at 9 am, 12 pm, and 3 pm from the Food Network Kitchen NYC studio. The classes will be available on-demand following the live premiere. In advance of watching the class, you can purchase the featured Coppola wines and join the fun while you prepare Chef Freitag’s recipes in your kitchen. The wines are available through the Francis Ford Coppola Winery e-commerce site, local stores throughout the country, as well as through drizly.com, an alcohol e-commerce site that delivers wines to your doorstep from a local retailer within a one-hour delivery window.
Diamond Collection Chardonnay 2016 (SRP $16)
Diamond Collection Chardonnay hails from Monterey County, a cool-climate region that creates extremely well-balanced wines with lush flavors lifted by bright, natural acidity.
The extended growing season of this renowned coastal region produces deeply concentrated fruit with pronounced flavors and fragrance. Malolactic fermentation and lees aging develop the wine’s full, round palate, marrying vibrancy with creamy richness.
Sofia Rosé (SRP $19)
Styled after the sparkling rosés in France, Sofia Brut Rosé offers light effervescence, crisp natural acidity, and a light creamy texture.
The Sofia Rosé boasts striking aromas, where notes of raspberry, tangerine, and peach mingle with scents of coriander, rose petals and crisp minerals. the palate is fresh and elegant with a gorgeous balance of fruit and natural acidity.
2016 Pitagora Red Blend (SRP $32)
Pitagora red wine serves as a tribute to those with curiosity and the thirst for knowledge.
When Francis Ford Coppola’s grandfather, Agostino, was a child growing up in Bernalda in Southern Italy, he often played among ancient Greek ruins in nearby Metaponto, where thousands of years earlier stood a school run by the Greek scholar Pythagoras — Pitagora in Italian. Known today for his mathematical theorem (a2 + b2 = c2), Pythagoras was a mathematician and philosopher who sought to understand the world through mathematics, astronomy, and music theory. Growing up in the footprint of this legend, Agostino developed a talent for mathematics and music. His Pythagorean curiosity about how things work went on to influence each generation of the Coppola family.
Pitagora leads with plum, anise, violets, and earthy notes on the nose. Full-bodied and rich without being jammy, this vintage shows a beautiful balance between lush fruit, supple tannins, and warm toasted oak character. The palate is lavish and layered with expressive nuances of berries, cassis, graphite, and cocoa that finishes long with a trace of minerals.