Thursday, November 23, 2017
Bars & Spirits

Wine of the Week: 2011 Coppola Votre Santé Chardonnay

RECOMMENDED READING


Francis Ford Coppola has long been one of our favorite directors — Apocalypse Now and the first two Godfather films are on our all-time best list — so we're sorry he's less active in filmmaking these days. But he seems busier than ever as a hotelier and winemaker.

We've written happily about some of the other wines that bear his name, but the 2011 Votre Santé Chardonnay is the first we've tasted in the newish Votre Santé (French for "your health") line, dedicated to Coppola's multilingual paternal grandmother.

This chardonnay meets right in the middle of the oaked versus unoaked camps — half the grapes are fermented in French oak barrels, half in stainless steel.

The result announces itself on the nose with lots of spiced baked pear, a flavor that follows through on the palate. Indeed, with its notes of vanilla, clove and Meyer lemon and its buttery mouthfeel, this chardonnay is a little like a pear tart in golden liquid form. On the lingering finish, there are whispers of tangerine and pineapple.

Priced at about $15 at wine-savvy markets, Votre Santé chardonnay would co-star beautifully with dishes ranging from pad Thai to Easter ham.

By Colette and John Bancroft. She is the Times' book editor, and he is a freelance writer specializing in food, wine and travel.

Comments
Holiday brews: 6 merry pours, and a Scrooge

Holiday brews: 6 merry pours, and a Scrooge

Winter beers are always worth looking forward to, since thereís nothing nicer during the holidays than drinking a festive spiced beer with friends and family. The ever-changing selection of beers brewed for the season means that youíll always have so...
Published: 11/22/17
Five ideas for easy Thanksgiving appetizers

Five ideas for easy Thanksgiving appetizers

Thanksgiving can put a heavy burden on the host. We’ve assembled five appetizers that are quick and easy to prep. Some, like our risotto balls and goat-cheese figs, cater to vegetarian diets, so you can be sure to please all your guests. Even i...
Published: 11/21/17
Five ideas for cooking with fresh cranberries

Five ideas for cooking with fresh cranberries

Cranberry sauce has long been a fixture on the holiday table. According to the Chicago Tribune, Ocean Spray, the popular producer of cranberry sauce, cans about 70 million tins of the stuff a year, 85 percent of which gets sold between Thanksgiving a...
Published: 11/21/17
Dining news: More poke coming, Frogman Feast raises money for SEALs and Gold Star families

Dining news: More poke coming, Frogman Feast raises money for SEALs and Gold Star families

FUNDRAISER: FROGMAN FEASTLast year, the first celebrity chef charity event called Frogman Feast raised more than $12,000 for Navy SEALs and their Gold Star families. Ken Bowen is spearheading the effort again this year from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 3 Da...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/22/17
Tips for first-time Thanksgiving hosts (or really, any of us)

Tips for first-time Thanksgiving hosts (or really, any of us)

Take small bites.This may be the most crucial advice for Thanksgiving hosts who donít have years of cooking and coordinating experience to provide the confidence that comes with leading the charge on the yearís biggest cooking day.Itís the first thin...
Published: 11/20/17
American wines red, white and sparkling for your Thanksgiving table

American wines red, white and sparkling for your Thanksgiving table

Youíve dusted off Grandmaís good crystal for the Thanksgiving table. Or youíve pulled out all your mismatched stems to have enough for every place. Now what to pour?For this most American meal, based on foods native to America ó turkey, pumpkin, corn...
Published: 11/20/17
How to make a pie from scratch: filling ideas, decorating tips, crust recipes and more

How to make a pie from scratch: filling ideas, decorating tips, crust recipes and more

Perfect your crust. Try new filling recipes. Learn some decorating tricks. And prepare for the biggest pie day of the year: Thanksgiving. † From apple to thyme You’ve got the crust down. Now it’s time to choose a filling for your holid...
Published: 11/17/17
Updated: 11/20/17
Thanksgiving 101: Everything you need to prepare for the big cooking day

Thanksgiving 101: Everything you need to prepare for the big cooking day

From appetizers to pies and everything in between, we’re here to help you put together a low-stress Thanksgiving spread. Here are a few ideas, and be sure to check out our Thanksgiving special report for more tips on preparing for the big day. ...
Published: 11/17/17
Updated: 11/20/17
Thanksgiving sides beyond the classics: corn casserole, Brussels sprouts salad, pecan pie carrots

Thanksgiving sides beyond the classics: corn casserole, Brussels sprouts salad, pecan pie carrots

There are probably a handful of essentials, things you must have on the Thanksgiving table lest some family members begin to riot. But I find there are often a couple of slots open for new things, chances to get weird or creative or, gasp, healthy. ...
Published: 11/17/17
How to make solid turkey gravy before Thanksgiving Day

How to make solid turkey gravy before Thanksgiving Day

As far as we’re concerned, anything you can make in advance of actual Thanksgiving Day is a good thing, and this make-ahead gravy fits the bill. Plus, Tucker Shaw of America’s Test Kitchen says it tastes just as good as if you made it wi...
Published: 11/17/17