Leave it to one of the best story tellers of our time, Francis Ford Coppola to bring an intriguing new experience to Sonoma County with his Virginia Dare winery. When I first saw the name go up on the winery building I was perplexed, who would want to name their winery “Virginia Dare” in Sonoma County!?! So we paid a visit with some friends on a rainy day to check it out. The whole experience was very inviting and once we go to know more about the legend behind the wines, we were intrigued! Why Virgina Dare you might ask? Apparently there had been a winery with this name in the late 1930’s and their ads included a ‘jingle’ that had an impact. In an interview Francis did with the “Today” show on NBC back in October 2015, he described how the ‘jingle’ stuck with him after he heard it at 5 years old. This ultimately led him to discover the story of Virginia Dare, the first child of English parents born in the New World.
If I were to try and tie this all up together I would say it is about a passion… a passion for telling stories, a passion for film or wine and how that can be translated into something that consumers would want to experience. In this age of instant everything, it is refreshing to find a new story and to explore a new passion, I urge you to expand your own horizons and have fun exploring new wines!
There are also two Showcase wines from this winery that are very well crafted and from the Russian River Valley…Virginia Dare 2014 Pinot Noir and the Virginia Dare 2014 Chardonnay…both worth checking out.