Francis Ford Coppola may be known for his Oscar-winning movies, but now the filmmaker can add a few more international accolades to his name for his California wines.
At the 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards in London this week, an event billed as the largest wine competition in the world, Coppola's Napa Valley bottles stood their ground in a blind tasting against more than 14,000 rivals, snagging a gold, silver and bronze medal for a Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.
He wasn't the only celebrity to pull off a strong performance. Judges also deemed professional golfer Ernie Els's wines on par with world class producers for his South African range of Merlots, Syrahs and Cabernet Sauvignons.
Former Chinese NBA basketball player Yao Ming also made an impressive debut entry in the Decanter awards, scoring a silver medal for his 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon.
And the eldest daughter of Walt Disney, Diane Disney-Miller, likewise gained recognition for her winery Silverado Vineyards in California, snagging four medals and two commendations for both her white and red wines.
For full results of the 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards, visit http://www.decanter.com/dwwa.