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Francis Ford Coppola talks ‘The Godfather,’ wine and filmmaking

by Robin Leach.

Acclaimed director Francis Ford Coppola never realized that his passion for wine would become a nearly 40-year dream in the making. It took the first 18 years just to assemble the land in California’s wine country. Now he’s brought back to life the 133-year history of the Inglenook Estate.

Guests at the Bellagio this weekend for the first of the Epicurean Epicenter 2013 series had the opportunity to be among the first to savor Francis’ five vintages. They were paired with a four-course masterpiece dinner created by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who flew in from New York and checked in at his Prime Steakhouse at the resort.

One food critic who attended the private Tuscany Kitchen event told me: “It was the best meal Jean-Georges ever cooked. With the magnificent wines from Coppola, this was a dinner to remember for a lifetime. Superb doesn’t even begin to do justice.”

Said Jean-Georges: “This is a privilege, and the exclusive menu will be truly memorable. I am confident this will be one unforgettable evening.” Francis, his Managing Director Philippe Bascaules and Bellagio Director of Wine Jason Smith paired the wines.

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