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)

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

More Cab Franc Love – from the Loire Valley

Anyone who reads my posts knows how much I love Cabernet Franc.  I never get tired of trying new bottles, and I’m especially pleased to make the acquaintance of wines from regions not typically associated with the grape.  Today and tomorrow I’ll be talking about a few wines I’ve tasted recently: two from France and two from the United States.  While neither country would be … Continue reading More Cab Franc Love – from the Loire Valley