SAN FRANCISCO - Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, a Napa, Calif., nonprofit with about $77 million of outstanding tax-exempt bonds, sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday evening.

Copia, founded by Robert Mondavi and other vintners in the late 1990s, sold $70 million of bonds in 1999 to finance an 80,000-square-foot museum and cultural center on the banks of the Napa River. The nonprofit hoped to attract a half million visitors a year to wine tastings, cooking classes, art exhibits, films, concerts, and two high-end restaurants.

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