Director Francis Ford Coppola never made a Sherlock Holmes movie, but his winery makes a claret.
Does that give him Sherlockian points?
Maybe just a little bit. Claret is such a good Sherlockian wine.
I mean, it was the foundation of a pleasant August afternoon conversation between Holmes and Watson in "Cardboard Box," when Holmes actually got out of work mode and just told stories that didn't make the Canon . . . but oh, how we wish we could have heard them!
And what does Holmes drink with his cookies after three days of absolute fasting in "The Dying Detective?" Claret. If you go for something first after a three-day fast, it must certainly be a favorite.
So the first time I was walking through my local Kroger and saw the word "CLARET" staring up at me from the endcap of the wine section, it was a happy day indeed. And of course I had to pick up a bottle for an upcoming meeting of the Hansoms of John Clayton.
Claret isn't a word used much in the wine world these days. If you google it, you don't even get any ads trying to sell you claret, which is in itself a remarkable thing these days. Even Coppola Winery likes to refer to their claret as a "Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc blend" just to make sure modern wine-drinkers know what they're getting.
But a Sherlockian doesn't need to be informed of what they're getting with a claret. Pleasant afternoons with a friend and a much-needed refreshment after a hungry case, just as our friend Sherlock Holmes did.
And Coppola's claret doesn't make you disagree with Holmes, I am happy to say.