Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tucker Road Trip, Day 16

Tucker No. 1037
The Tucker Road Trip heads west across the Sierra Nevada mountains along I-80 and into Northern California's wine country in search of Tucker No. 1037.  As Tucker fans know, Francis Ford Coppola directed 1988's "Tucker: The Man and His Dream," starring Jeff Bridges as Preston Tucker.  Maroon No. 1037 was featured prominently in the movie as the "Tin Goose."  It is now on display--along with other movie memorabilia from Coppola's long and storied career--at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville, CA, located about 1-1/2 hours north of San Francisco off US-101.  The Sonoma County winery, which is open daily, is located at 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, CA 95441.  Visit the winery's website for more information about tours and tastings. 

Tucker No. 1014
True Tucker fans will also know that Coppola actually owns 2 Tuckers.  His Tucker No. 1014 is now on display at Coppola's Rubicon Estate in Rutherford, CA, the Napa Valley winery that he has owned since the 1970s.  No. 1014 is on display in the Centennial Museum in the chateau at the winery, which is located at 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, CA 94573.  Admission charges for tours and wine tasting may apply.  Visit the Rubicon Estate website for more information.  Coppola's wineries are about an hour away from one another via SR-128.

(Post credit: Kit Fox; photo credits: TACA website)

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