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

IT’S CAB FRANC FRIDAY! El Enemigo – Argentine Cab Franc, Part Two

My last post fêted the charms of Guarda Cabernet Franc, produced by Bodega Lagarde in Mendoza.  It proved such a surprising and enchanting wine that I decided to do a little more sleuthing and track down other specimens – if I could find them.  A bit harder than it sounds, I assure you!  Lucky for me I was in New York City and had ready … Continue reading IT’S CAB FRANC FRIDAY! El Enemigo – Argentine Cab Franc, Part Two

It’s Cab Franc Friday!  So Let’s Go to – Argentina?

Made you look, didn’t I?  Let’s face it, when wine lovers talk about Cabernet Franc, we’re usually discussing its role in Bordeaux, where it does yeoman’s work as a blending partner with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and a few other grapes, or the Loire Valley, where it gets top billing in the vineyards of Chinon and Bourgueil.  If we’re really lucky perhaps we’ve stumbled across a … Continue reading It’s Cab Franc Friday!  So Let’s Go to – Argentina?