Apocalypse Wow!


A few weeks back, I got a text from my old friend Nick Thedrummer with a photo of the Francis Coppola Monterey County Pinot Noir that read…

You should do a Stay Rad episode about this one.  I’d be interested to see what you u think cause I found this to be pretty damn delicious

My reply?

I’ve had other Coppolas, but not the peen-o

I’ll check it out

You know that all the Diamond Collection wines from Francis Coppola (the movie director turned wine maker) can be found almost everywhere… and they are always a good value, so I made a mental note of the wine.  The last time I was in Target, I saw the wine for 19 bucks, but I was in the mood for something else… so I let it slide (and subsequently forgot about it).

Last week, I came up on some tickets for the 49ers vs Saints playoff game.  Kara was gonna be out of town, so I asked Nick if he wanted to go.

He was hella down.


Early this past Saturday morning, Nick and I met up to head out to the game.

Once we got to the parking lot outside of Candlestick Park, I was prepared to throw back some brewskies when Nick pulled out this badboy…

Francis Coppola 2010 Monterey County Pinot Noir

Never one to turn down a taste of the grape juice, I was all…

Let’s do this!


Let’s do this!


Clear plastic cup. You know what's up.

Color: Classic burgundy in color.  Very light… As Pinot Noir should be.

Nose: This wine has a big, fruit-forward nose dominated by blackberry.  There are secondary aromas of green bell pepper and rubber.

Taste: This “value” wine has mad layers of flavor.  There is a huge, black pepper explosion with a twist of lemon juice up front that gives way to some good strawberry fruit.  I was surprised by the loooooooooong leather baseball glove finish.

Score: No doubt.  This wine was delicous.  As much as I love the varietal, I have trouble picking out Pinot Noirs at the store without tasting them because they are often over-priced.  With as many gems (like this one) as there are at this price point, there are twice as many disappointments.  The Coppola is not one of them.  Give it an 89, and don’t wait until the apocalypse to pick this one up.  Get it now!

The wine really set the mood for what turned out to be a pretty awesome day…


A view of The Stick from the lot. The bay gave way to an amazing combination of sea salt and rotten eggs.


Gearing Up!


Game Time!


"Who's got it better than us?"




Niners Win!


Victory Lap


Candlestick Park at night. The blurry white stuff is trash. It never looked so beautiful.

Stay Rad,



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