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The Loft hosting 5-course Francis Ford Coppola Winemaker Dinner

The Loft in South Lake Tahoe hosts a Francis Ford Coppola Winemaker Dinner Wednesday.

Francis Ford Coppola played a role in creating some of the most iconic films of the 21st century — "The Godfather" trilogy and "Apocalypse Now" to name a few.

By now, though, one of the greatest directors of all time is equally well known for an entirely different creation that is no less enjoyable: wine. Good wine. Really good wine.

And thanks to The Loft, you can enjoy world class wines from Francis Ford Coppola Winery expertly paired with a five-course dinner menu that … we struggle to find words to describe. Seriously, this meal is indescribable.

How does a goat cheese arancini (risotto cake stuffed with goat cheese and topped with spicy roasted red pepper sauce) with a 2017 Francis Coppola Sauvignon Blanc sound?

How about a baked seafood crepe (lobster, shrimp, and scallops in a savory herbed crepe with brandy lobster sauce) with a 2016 Coppola Pavillion Chardonnay?

Still not convinced? The first two courses are followed by a gnocchi with wild game sugo (homemade ricotta dumplings with a rich sauce of wild boar and venison topped with shaved parmigiano reggiano) served with the 2015 Director's Merlot.

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We'd like to list the last two courses, but the craving might literally kill us.

And while it's easy to get transfixed by the food, the wine shouldn't be overlooked.

As Coppola explained to WineEnthusiast in 2012, he got into the wine business after buying property in Napa Valley in the 1970s. With his movie career struggling, Coppola decided to try his hand at wine making.

After more than a decade of obscurity, the wine business took off.

Today the Coppola family of wines includes widely respected varieties and vintages.

The Francis Ford Coppola Winemaker Dinner at The Loft starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Cost is $79 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and advance ticketing is required.

If you go …

What: Francis Ford Coppola Winemaker Dinner Loft Tahoe

Where: The Loft Theatre & Lounge (1021 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.)

Tickets: $79 (plus tax/gratuity)

Info: thelofttahoe.com