Cabernet Franc – Brilliant Soloist, Essential Ensemble Member (#CabFrancDay)

  It’s Cabernet Franc Day! December 4 has been designated International Cabernet Franc Day – a move sure to please lovers of the grape, which is often overshadowed by its more famous offspring, Cabernet Sauvignon.  As one of the primary grapes of Bordeaux, Cab Franc shares top billing with Merlot in the soft, elegant wines of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, arguably the stars of Right Bank … Continue reading Cabernet Franc – Brilliant Soloist, Essential Ensemble Member (#CabFrancDay)

Malbec Mea Culpa – #WineStudio

Have you been to Argentina?  My toes haven’t yet touched down in any part of South America but, thanks to Protocol Wine Studio I feel like I’ve just come back from a month-long wine internship in Mendoza.  As she does each month, Tina Morey put together a diverse group of wine writers from around the country and hauled the lot of us (virtually, of course) to … Continue reading Malbec Mea Culpa – #WineStudio

Tour de France by the Glass 2016 – Stage Four Saumur to Limoges

The Race Monday the riders take on the longest stage of this year’s tour, making their way from Saumur in the Loire Valley, to Limoges.  There won’t be much to interest the climbers today, as there is only one King of the Mountains point up for grabs.  And given that most of the course is flat, the sprinters will have their eyes trained on the … Continue reading Tour de France by the Glass 2016 – Stage Four Saumur to Limoges

Tour de France by the Glass 2016 – Stage Three Granville to Angers

History Our departure point Monday is Granville, also known as the Monaco of the North, due in no small part to its majestic harbor.  It is also the shell-fish capital of France, netting approximately 8.5 million tons of the delicious critters each year.  In fact, Granville natives love the local seafood so much that they have devoted an entire day to its celebration: Toute La Mer … Continue reading Tour de France by the Glass 2016 – Stage Three Granville to Angers

Shake Up Your Next Wine Pairing Menu – With Cabernet Franc*

One of the reasons I love Cabernet Franc so much is its affinity for food – all kinds of food!  The wines offer an exquisite balance of fruit, acidity, and mild tannins that complement a wide variety of entrées, from freshwater fish to roasted pork or grilled beef.  In the Loire Valley of France, local chefs love to feature the area’s bounty of seafood and … Continue reading Shake Up Your Next Wine Pairing Menu – With Cabernet Franc*

Guest Blogger: David Stannard of Paradise Rescued

Today I turn over the blog to David Stannard (@paradiserescued), proprietor of Paradise Rescued, an organic winery in Bordeaux which specializes in varietal Cabernet Franc wines.  (You might remember my recent report on his book, which recounts how he turned his dream of owning a vineyard into reality.)  Here he tells the story of his next venture, resurrecting and nurturing a long-neglected plot of Merlot … Continue reading Guest Blogger: David Stannard of Paradise Rescued

Paradise Rescued:  From Cabbage Patch to Cabernet Franc – A Review

Have you ever dreamed of owning a vineyard in France?  Of working the fields and tending the vines, the fruits of which magically alchemize into purple nectar of the gods?  Yes, I think many of us have imagined our way to such a place a time or two, only to be reawakened at our paper-laden desks by a shrieking telephone.  David Stannard, on the other … Continue reading Paradise Rescued:  From Cabbage Patch to Cabernet Franc – A Review