It doesn’t seem possible after 50+ years as a print and TV journalist, many of them with front-line celebrity franchises like the old syndicated guilty pleasure¬†Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, that Robin Leach could still be star-struck. But as his most recent Las Vegas Sun item indicates, that scenario can indeed delightfully still occur.

The occasion was a private dinner at Bellagio’s Tuscany Kitchen, the first in a series dubbed “Epicurean Epicenter 2013.” The food was concocted by super-chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten¬†(who flew in from New York) while the wine poured from the vineyard of an Oscar winner. Writes Leach:

Francis Ford Coppola is far more than a celebrity winemaker; his passion and understanding are beyond measure. It was an honor, a privilege and a rare treat to sit with him for our exclusive interview.

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