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Francis Ford Coppola
Jun 15, 2015

Francis Ford Coppola

The drama inherent to the struggle between failure and success always makes for a good Hollywood film. If filmmaker and vintner Francis Ford Coppola had to direct a surefire hit, it would incorporate not just the ups and downs of his life in movies but also the difficulties he has faced as the owner of Napa's iconic Inglenook.

Cover Stories

The Resurrection of Inglenook

The Resurrection of Inglenook

Through 40 years of boom and bust, Francis Ford Coppola has rebuilt one of Napa's iconic estates
Jun 15, 2015

Tasting Reports

Breaking New Ground

Breaking New Ground

With increasing experience and improving vineyards, South Africa achieves a new level of success
Jun 15, 2015
Bubbling Up

Bubbling Up

With a track record for quality, domestic sparkling wines are enjoying boom times
Jun 15, 2015

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

South Africa: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all South African wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

U.S. Sparkling: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all U.S. sparkling wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

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