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The Family Coppola Announces Release of Bee’s Box Wines

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Buy a Bottle, Save a Bee: California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir — A Portion of Proceeds to be Donated to Bee Conservancy Organizations

GEYSERVILLE, CA (August 18, 2017) With the slogan Buy a Bottle, Save A Bee, the sustainability team of The Family Coppola – which includes the Francis Ford Coppola Winery and the Virginia Dare Winery – proudly announces the debut of Bee’s Box Wines. The release of Bee’s Box Chardonnay 2016 and Bee’s Box Pinot Noir 2016 will take place on National Honeybee Day, Saturday, August 19, at the Virginia Dare Winery in Geyserville, with festivities, tastings, and informative sessions to continue through Sunday, August 20. 

The Bee’s Box initiative is a branch of the long-term sustainability aims of The Family Coppola wines, one that quickly grew into an employee-driven program of beekeeping that’s been fueled by grave concern for diminishing bee populations as well as the wineries’ natural capacity to take action. Several key employees are spearheading the new Bee’s Box project: Courtney Prose is responsible for maintaining the hives and provides direction to other employees tending the bees on a weekly basis, while Lise Asimont tabulates the overall impact on the estate.

“The bees on our property are more than just hives,” says Asimont. “They’re our effort to promote biodiversity in our vineyards. When agriculture has greater biodiversity, the entire ecosystem benefits. It’s a cornerstone of being sustainable.”

Ten percent of the proceeds from the sale of Bee’s Box Wines is to be donated to organizations whose mission is to promote pollinator health through conservation, education, and research. One such organization is the San Francisco-based Pollinator Partnership and their Bee Friendly Farming Center through which farmers and growers can certify themselves by following prescribed guidelines, and subsequently identify themselves with the BFF logo of a black bee on a green background.

About the Wines

2016 Bee’s Box Chardonnay (Monterey, Mendocino and Lodi)

Nose: ripe tropical fruits, including pineapple, pears, and melon layered between tones of vanilla, roasted nuts, and mocha

Palate: rich crème brulée texture with flavor of a fruit compote finish and blend of baking spices

2016 Bee’s Box Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara, Monterey, and Clarksburg)

Nose: vibrant fragrance of cranberries, black cherries, nutmeg, vanilla, and oak

Palate: opens with red raspberries and plums, silky flavors carry through to mid-palate, and finish with delicate nuances of cloves and dark roasted coffee

Bee’s Box Wines are now available at Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Virginia Dare Winery within the category of American Pioneer Wine Growers. It’s also available soon on Amazon.

ABOUT AMERICAN PIONEER WINE GROWERS

American Pioneer Wine Growers, American wines since 1835, pays tribute to America’s winegrowing heritage. The existence of the 400-year-old scuppernong “Mother Vine” growing on Roanoke Island, North Carolina is intertwined with the story of one of the first English settlements in the New World, which later mysteriously disappeared without a trace, leaving nothing but a spellbinding story of mythical and mysterious characters – each of which grace the labels of our wines. Crafted with grapes from the finest viticulture regions in California, our wines are rich with characteristics befitting an American legend: Pure. Natural. Distinctive. Learn more by visiting Virginia Dare Winery located at 22281 Chianti Road, Geyserville, CA 95441.

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