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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

At age 75, Francis Ford Coppola may be leaving his best filmmaking days behind. But he remains …
Jun 15, 2015
A Living Piece of Napa Valley History

A Living Piece of Napa Valley History

Buying the old Niebaum property planted a seed Francis Ford Coppola came to nurture. Over the …
Jun 15, 2015
Francis Ford Coppola Winery Portfolio

Francis Ford Coppola Winery Portfolio

Francis Ford Coppola Winery wines often offer exceptional value, fulfilling Coppola's vision of …
Jun 15, 2015

Tasting Reports

Breaking New Ground

Breaking New Ground

The best-kept secret in the wine world right now might just be South Africa. The Cape wine industry …
Jun 15, 2015
South Africa Primer

South Africa Primer

Wine Spectator 's James Molesworth provides an overview of the major regions and grapes grown in …
Jun 15, 2015
Bubbling Up

Bubbling Up

This is an exciting moment for California bubbly. Sales have jumped in recent years, and the …
Jun 15, 2015
South Africa Alphabetical Listing

South Africa Alphabetical Listing

Wine Spectator 's South Africa alphabetical listing.
Jun 15, 2015

Features

Napa Valley: Choose Your Own Adventure

Napa Valley: Choose Your Own Adventure

Napa Valley is the ultimate playground for wine lovers. There are hundreds of wineries and dozens …
Jun 15, 2015
Napa Valley Touring Map

Napa Valley Touring Map

Wine Spectator 's Napa Valley touring map.
Jun 15, 2015
Touring Napa Valley: Discovery

Touring Napa Valley: Discovery

Napa is not standing still. New wineries are opening, old dining rooms are being revived by newly …
Jun 15, 2015
Touring Napa Valley: Active

Touring Napa Valley: Active

Wine lovers who want to explore should travel outside of the main Napa arteries and get a little …
Jun 15, 2015
Touring Napa Valley: Luxury

Touring Napa Valley: Luxury

There's plenty of romance and pampering to be found in Napa. But luxury in wine country isn't …
Jun 15, 2015
Award-Winning Restaurants in Napa Valley

Award-Winning Restaurants in Napa Valley

Wine Spectator award-winning restaurants in Napa Valley.
Jun 15, 2015

Grapevine

The Money Pit

The Money Pit

Most California homes lack basements. But that didn't stop Colin and Cathleen Haggerty from …
Jun 15, 2015
From Soil to Sip, Brazil to Brooklyn

From Soil to Sip, Brazil to Brooklyn

There are so many coffee roasters in Brooklyn today that it has become an epicenter of hipster …
Jun 15, 2015
Wineries Fight Arsenic Lawsuit Claims

Wineries Fight Arsenic Lawsuit Claims

A class-action lawsuit against many of California's biggest wineries filed in a state court alleges …
Jun 15, 2015
A Zeal for Xinomavro

A Zeal for Xinomavro

When Angelos Iatridis, a Bordeaux-trained enologist, set out to find the right site in Greece for …
Jun 15, 2015
California Mixed Case, European Whites, Bottlings from Australia

California Mixed Case, European Whites, Bottlings from Australia

Here's a group from Washington and California offering a range of styles, as well as European …
Jun 15, 2015
Too Good to Mix?

Too Good to Mix?

Normally Wine Spectator 's Jack Bettridge don't indulge in high-wire mixology, but he's fascinated …
Jun 15, 2015
Two Dead in Napa Winery Murder-Suicide Over Business Dispute

Two Dead in Napa Winery Murder-Suicide Over Business Dispute

A Napa Valley vineyard became a crime scene in March when a business meeting ended with two men …
Jun 15, 2015
Chinese Investors Acquire Growing Number of Bordeaux Châteaus

Chinese Investors Acquire Growing Number of Bordeaux Châteaus

China may be importing less wine from Bordeaux, but Chinese investors are still looking for …
Jun 15, 2015
In Brief: Drink From the Deep; An Extra J for E. & J.

In Brief: Drink From the Deep; An Extra J for E. & J.

A wine bottle recently salvaged from the 1864 wreck of a Civil War blockade runner illustrates that …
Jun 15, 2015

Departments

New Looks for Old Names

New Looks for Old Names

It's not often that a venerable 40-year-old winery suddenly makes one of its best wines in decades. …
Jun 15, 2015
The New Legitimacy of Lighter

The New Legitimacy of Lighter

Casual wine drinkers can surely be forgiven for scratching their heads at the ever-growing array of …
Jun 15, 2015
FAQ: Fizz Ed

FAQ: Fizz Ed

Wine Spectator 's primer on all things sparkling wine.
Jun 15, 2015
Feedback

Feedback

Wine Spectator readers write in about bottle variation, Rhône-style wines from California and wine …
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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