Francis Ford Coppola Winery Pool


Francis Ford Coppola Winery pool

06.16.11

From the issue Vino Ventures

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It’s summer, and liquid refreshment is calling. At Francis Ford Coppola Winery, it comes in the form of tasty wine and a 3,600-square-foot swimming pool. Spread across acres of latticed land in Sonoma’s Alexander Valley, this resort-style winery offers pure fun in the sun. Make a day of it by spreading your blanket across a chaise lawn chair and relaxing in the mellow wine country surroundings. Order a Riesling and a Neapolitan-style Pizza Sofia—loaded with fresh arugula—from the pool café. Cool down with a dip in the water or take a turn on the bocce courts. Throughout the summer, live outdoor music jams at the Pavilion overlooking the pool (notice the similarities to the bandshell from The Godfather: Park II?). Indoors you’ll find an impressive collection of authentic film memorabilia including Don Corleone’s desk from The Godfather and the original automobile from Tucker: The Man and His Dream. And, of course, plenty of wine to tempt your taste buds.

BONUS:
Cap off the day with family-style traditional Italian cuisine at the winery’s restaurant, RUSTIC. Ingredients are sourced from the organic herb and produce garden, and the large outdoor terrace overlooks Alexander Valley. Reservations recommended.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville; 707-857-1471. The pool, winery, and restaurant open at 11:00 a.m. Pool passes are $15 per person; first-come, first-served. Pool passes often sell out on summer weekends, so arrive early. Pool cabines can be reserved for $75 and include 2 adult pool passes and 2 kid pool passes (kid passes can be upgraded to adult for $10). There is no cost to sit on the white chairs near the Pavilion. No dogs.

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