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)

Cab Franc from the U.S. -The Next Big Thing?

While the Loire Valley is ground zero for varietal Cab Franc wines, there are wonderful examples made in other parts of the world, including right here at home.  Recently I had the opportunity to taste two American versions: one from Kestrel Vintners in Yakima Valley, Washington; the other from Dracaena Wines in Paso Robles, California.  If you’ve followed my last few posts, you’ll know that … Continue reading Cab Franc from the U.S. -The Next Big Thing?