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Happy Hour: Encyclopedia

I'm a huge fan of Francis Ford Coppola's Sofia Sparkling wine, so when I heard the famed director had released a new label, Encyclopedia ($15.00), I was eager to check it out. With its beaker-shaped bottle, Encyclopedia appeals to the younger wine drinker. According to Coppola the wine is "about learning and exploring. It's for people who want to know more about wine and how it is connected to geography, to history, to myth."

There are six varieties: Pinot Grigio, Tempranillo, Malbec, Riesling, Torrontés, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each is made with grapes from the variety's native region. For example, the Pinot Grigio is made with grapes from delle Venezia, Italy and the Tempranillo comes from Yecla, Spain. The wines represent and respect the tradition and culture of each wine-making region.

I tried the Riesling and the Cab and found both delightful, well-balanced, and highly drinkable. I hope to try the rest soon. If you are new to wine, or enjoy sipping new wines, I highly recommend seeking out Encyclopedia. When the wine is gone, the bottle makes a pretty vase!

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liz2024 liz2024 8 years
I tried the tempranillo a couple of months ago and it was good! http://strawberriesinparis.wordpress.com/2008/08/16/thai-arroy/
ElleJay ElleJay 8 years
aweseome! i love his wines, i'll have to try these.
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
I love Coppola wines and I'm so intriuged by this one. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for these. Thanks for sharing.
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 8 years
The Sofia sparkling wine is my favorite sparkling wine! I'm excited to see you mention it here :) I bought a bottle of the Sofia rose hoping that I would like it as much, but I wasn't so keen on it. I will definitely be keeping my eyes open for these though . . . I LOVE the Erlenmeyer flask shape!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I've loved everything I've tried from Coppola. They taste really great and are reasonably priced. I'll be keeping my eyes open for Encyclopedia. I love the bottle design and I like most of those varieties.
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