[V]otre Santé wines pay tribute to Francis Coppola’s paternal grandmother, Maria Zasa, who would toast with the traditional French phrase, ‘à votre santé,’ each time she raised her glass. In her honor, Francis Ford Coppola Winery created a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, France’s two classic Burgundian varietals, in a delicate style that makes them perfect pleasures you can enjoy on any occasion.
My father’s mother, Maria Zasa, was an Italian born in Tunisia, a French protectorate at the time. It was a treat to grow up with a grandmother who spoke English, Italian, Arabic and French. I remember the little French songs she would sing to us about the marionettes, and also her toast when she was about to sip a glass of wine. She would always say, ‘à votre santé’ -to your health.