It doesn’t seem possible after 50+ years as a print and TV journalist, many of them with front-line celebrity franchises like the old syndicated guilty pleasure Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, that Robin Leach could still be star-struck. But as his most recent Las Vegas Sun item indicates, that scenario can indeed delightfully still occur.
The occasion was a private dinner at Bellagio’s Tuscany Kitchen, the first in a series dubbed “Epicurean Epicenter 2013.” The food was concocted by super-chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (who flew in from New York) while the wine poured from the vineyard of an Oscar winner. Writes Leach:
Francis Ford Coppola is far more than a celebrity winemaker; his passion and understanding are beyond measure. It was an honor, a privilege and a rare treat to sit with him for our exclusive interview.
We applaud Leach for being able to still stagger back in the presence of someone like Coppola. The filmmaker has led a remarkable life, of a kind the predates today’s manufactured artistic and pop culture celebrity. Among the topics of conversation covered by Leach is the extensive process by which Coppola reclaimed and refurbished the Inglenook Estate winery.[Image courtesy inglenook.com]