Wine Time at the LA Launch for Gia Wine

I recently had the pleasure of attending the LA launch for Gia Coppola's new wines at the glamorous Sunset Tower hotel. I had already been enjoying Gia's Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay Frizzante over the summer, so it was a huge honor to be invited to hang out and drink even more of it within in the same room as the Coppolas. My sixteen year old self/current self was legit dying.

I got to sit down with the 100% lovely wine/filmmaker herself about wine, trilling, Blood Orange, the inspiration behind her gorgeous bottles and her dope-ass skirt.

I proceeded to spend the next three hours wine tasting-- complete with Ross Tests-- with models, country singers, dudes with apps (like Saucey), writer pal Erin Mallory Long, actresses, sound dudes, and a lot of other typical LA party-going total strangers. 

(I left out a lot of quotation marks in the above paragraph, btw.)

And by the time my very hilarious and fashionable friend Kelly Oxford popped by in a perfect turbany headband, I had consumed the most Gia wine anyone has ever consumed in three hours. Bless her and her guest, amazing interior decorator Orlando Soria, who unfortunately had never met me before I turned into a drunk girl from the valley.

Want to throw your own Gia party? Try making these awesome cocktails that were served alongside her wines!

The Bitter Spark
• 4-5 oz. chilled Gia Frizzante Chardonnay
• 1 sugar cube
• Angostura bitters
• Place a sugar cube at the bottom of a champagne flute
• Saturate the cube with Angostura bitters.
• Slowly fill flute with Frizzante


Death in the Afternoon
• 1 1/2 oz. absinthe
• 4 oz. Gia Frizzante Chardonnay
• Pour one jigger of absinthe into a champagne glass.
• Add iced Frizzante until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness.

Both of them are delicious and straight from Gia herself. Because being an awesome photographer, filmmaker, wine maker wasn't enough to envy, she's also a fantastic mixologist. 

The entire collection of Gia wines are coming to a retailer near you very, very soon if they're not already there. You can also purchase the varietals at GiaWine.com.

Overall, it was a really fun night in which I got to do my favorite things. So many thanks to my amazing cinematographer/director Josh Fuss, my editor Bennett Smith, Ted Feighan of Monster Rally/the soundtrack to my life and the entire Coppola wine family.