Coppola Changes
Francis Ford Coppola describes his just-renovated Alexander Valley winery as “a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life—food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life.” Offerings include a wine tasting bar, two restaurants, swimming pools, movie memorabilia, a performing arts pavilion and a park area with game tables and bocce courts. Film buffs can browse artifacts like the car from Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Don Corleone’s desk from The Godfather, props and keepsakes from Apocalypse Now and Coppola’s Oscars.

Try This @ Home
Everyone loves to sample—and thanks to, you can try wine before deciding to buy in the comfort of your own home. Kits include four to six mini-bottles, food-and-wine pairing advice, winemaker notes and basic tasting tips, all delivered to your door; among the options are A Parade of Pinots from DeLoach Vineyards ($30), the Salon Experience from Patz & Hall ($25) and Gundlach Bundschu’s Six Generations of Excellence from Sonoma Valley ($20).

Painted Noir 
Works by famed artists are already displayed in Revana Family Vineyard’s tasting room, but the newest offering, Sitar Pinot Noir from Oregon, a result of a collaboration between Revana and Oregon winemaker Tony Rynders, wears its art on the bottle: for the first time the label features original artwork, a signature sitar by Thomas Arvid.

Up to the River
This year’s Grape to Glass weekend in the Russian River Valley starts before noon August 20, when you can pick up a Cellar Pass (buy it online) to tour various wineries in a get-to-know-the-region event. The Hyatt at Vineyard Creek holds the official kickoff, with a tasting of farm-to-table appetizers and small plates followed by a concert under the stars featuring tenor Nick Palance and soprano Lindsey Scott. Other activities range from kayaking the river to biking through the vineyards.