According to 7×7 and the Examiner, the coolest pool experience for San Franciscans this summer is spending the day at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Alexander Valley. Unfortunately what the articles don’t tell you upfront — and obvious indication that they should have been published months ago — is that you have to reserve your cabines (no, not cabins and not cabanas either) weeks in advance and the rest of the summer is practically already booked.

Luckily, I reserved 6 cabines in May and invited 24 friends to come spend the day relaxing by the pool, soaking up the sun, tasting the exclusive wine and admiring the Coppola estate. Each of the cabines that lined up just feet away from the pool offered guests a private dressing room and shower. The cabines also came with four pool passes, four lounge chairs, four towels and a complimentary wine tasting flights. For tech-savvy winos out there, checking in on Foursquare unlocks an additional complimentary tasting for two. There is also a full bar and cocktail servers at your disposal.

Designed to match the iconic film auteur’s cinematic vision the property is stunning, and the service is friendly and not overly patronizing. Although be warned against bringing your own towels. During our visit, a family was instructed to put away their kids’ brightly-colored towels since they disrupted the desired aesthetic of the whole place (white towels).

The winery’s interior doubles as a glorified gift shop of all things Coppola. There you can browse through old movie props like costumes from Dracula, guns from Apocalypse Now and the original script from The Godfather. Upstairs, Coppola’s many film accolades including five Oscars from the Academy are showcased behind glass.

Relaxing and Soaking Up the Sun

Stephanie indulging in the Sunday Times.

Lather her up, boys!

Currin and Tommy contemplate.

Katie enjoys some extracurricular reading material.

Denys thinks this Francis guy is pretty cool for letting us hang out by his pool.

Tommy eavesdrops on some girl talk.

Wine Tasting in the Interior

Cinéma Vérité

Wet and Wilde (thanks K-Bruce for the awesome photos!)