Holiday

Wine 101

Holiday Party Ideas with Wine

It's time to get creative with your holiday party plans! We've got some tips and tricks for hosting fabulous holiday parties all incorporating great wine ideas!

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Healthy Holiday Tips
Green and Lean

Healthy Holiday Party Tips

There’s no reason you can’t successfully be healthy during the holidays and at all of those holiday parties! It helps to have the right mindset, and a plan for getting through holiday parties keeping your health priorities in check. Here are a few tips and tricks.

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Gia holding a bucket of grapes.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Sides

Gia's Grape "Gelly"

Gia Coppola shares the story of how the family would make grape jelly after harvest. Recipe included.

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Four hands toasting with glasses of red wine with string lights in the background.
Wine 101

Wine at Your Holiday Table

When faced with many different food options, it’s hard to know which wine to pick. It’s time to break it down it for you so you will have the perfect wines to serve with your delicious holiday meal this year!

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Wine 101

Holiday Wine & Cheese Pairings

Although there are no rules set in stone about pairing wine and cheese, there are some guidelines to follow as well as classic pairings.

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From the Coppola family kitchen: Desserts

Sofia Coppola's Cannoli Recipe

Everyone knows the quote and can typically say it out loud as soon as they see or hear the word: "Leave the gun, take the cannoli." It is one of the most famous quotes from a movie, ever. 

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A bowl of pasta fagioli soup.
Flavorful recipes

Pasta Fagioli Soup

There are endless variations of this traditional Italian soup, and I've never had one I didn't enjoy. I particularly like this one in fall, when the weather is turning cool hut a few of summers tomatoes linger.

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Arancini next to a bowl of soup.
Authentic Recipes: Rustic Francis's Favorites

Roasted Pumpkin Arancini with Gorgonzola Cheese

This Roasted Pumpkin Arancini dish was inspired by a classic seasonal ingredient. 

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A bowl of gnocchi.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Pastas

Talia's Potato Gnocchi

One of the sweetest and most compelling scenes in Godfather III is when Andy Garcia and Sofia Coppola are alone in a spacious restaurant kitchen making gnocchi together. It is leisurely, nuanced and deliciously sensual.

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Plate of Pot Roast and a fork.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Main Dishes

Zasa Coppola's Genovese-Style Pot Roast

We don't know what type of mushroom she used in her pot roast but if she were cooking it in America, it most likely would have been commercial white mushrooms or canned mushrooms. 

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Plat full of wild mushroom risotto.
Authentic Recipes: Rustic Francis's Favorites

Wild Mushroom Risotto

This rich and creamy risotto showcases the bounty of local wild mushrooms and celebrates the silky and complex Pinot Noir grape of the Russian River Valley. 

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Casserole dish filled with Two-Cheese Vegetable-Alfredo Pasta Bake.
Flavorful recipes

Two-Cheese Vegetable Alfredo Pasta Bake

Two-Cheese Vegetable Alfredo Pasta Bake paired with Diamond Collection Chardonnay

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A cast iron skillet filled with sliced steak and tomatoes.
Flavorful recipes

Balsamic Steak and Tomatoes

Balsamic Steak and Tomatoes paired with Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

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A bowl of stew with butternut squash and spinach.
Kid-friendly dinners

Butternut Squash, Spinach, and Chickpea Soup

Butternut Squash, Spinach, and Chickpea Soup paired with Diamond Collection Sauvignon Blanc wine for the parents and apple juice for the little ones.

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A fork and coral colored napkin with a white bowl filled with lentil bolognese over spaghetti squash.
Flavorful recipes

Lentil Bolognese Sauce

Lentil Bolognese Sauce paired with Director's Cabernet Sauvignon

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A large bowl of seafood stew garnished with toasted bread.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Main Dishes

Zuppa di Pesce Alla Napolitana

This classic Neapolitan fish stew has about as many versions of cooks as there are in Napoli. Italia's version includes a bounty of seafood and you do not need to use all of it; just use what you like and what is freshest wherever you are.

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A dish piled high with rigatoni and meat sauce.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Sauces

Zasa's Meat Sauce

Here are one of the two recipes by Italia's mother-in-law that she included in her book, Mama Coppola's Pasta Book. Look for meats cut for scaloppini or ask your butcher if she or he can slice some for you.

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Casserole dish filled with eggplant parmigiano.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Main Dishes

Italia's Eggplant Parmigiano

If practice makes perfect, this dish is flawless. When Italia, as a new bride, learned her in-laws were coming and looking forward to her Neapolitan cooking, she understandably grew nervous, so nervous that once she planned the menu, she prepared it every night for a week before Agostino and Marie Coppola arrived.

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Plate of lasagna.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Main Dishes

Lasagna with Meat Sauce

Our sumptuous Lasagna, which features a generous helping of three cheeses along with ground beef and pork pairs well with Merlot. 

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