Dinner Time and Wine: Three Pairings for Sparkling Rosé (#winepw)

We’ve just flipped the calendars from July to August, and you know what that means – only a few weeks left to enjoy the relaxed pace of summer. But before we jump back into reality, let’s linger in our beach chairs dallying over the final plot twists of a book or watching a few more sunsets. There’s no hurry; after all, the refrigerator is stocked, … Continue reading Dinner Time and Wine: Three Pairings for Sparkling Rosé (#winepw)

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

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

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?

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