by Lance Cutler Cabernet Franc is a randy variety—its DNA suggests it likely hooked up with Sauvignon Blanc to create Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc is also a probable genetic parent for both Merlot and Carmenére. While it is often grown for blending with progeny like Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varieties, when vinified on its … Continue reading Varietal Focus: Cabernet Franc
Cabernet franc is largely overshadowed by its more well known cousin Cabernet sauvignon. However Cab Franc is widespread in France, the cooler regions of Europe and in most wine producing countries. Some synonyms for this variety are Bouchet, Breton bordo. The most common use for Cabernet franc is as a blending partner, often minor, in … Continue reading Cabernet Franc is used for Blended or Varietal Wines
Get a group of wine nerds together and more likely than not, when asked to choose between Cabernet Franc over Cabernet Sauvignon, the decision would be unanimous. Cab Franc would win every time. Somewhere along the line, Cabernet, Cab, and all other forms of nickname somehow became synonymous with Cabernet Sauvignon. But what about the … Continue reading REAL WINE LOVERS ORDER CAB FRANC, NOT CABERNET SAUVIGNON
By JoAnn Actis-Grande Valentine's Day is about love. In wine, I love cabernet franc, a red grape varietal that grows in various regions throughout the world, taking on a unique personality depending on the terroir. From the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere, it's always exciting. Cabernet franc is a treasure to find and rarely … Continue reading Let’s Talk Wine: Will you be my wine?
The Cabernet Franc grape is sometimes treated like an outcast. The spotlights focuses on Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir or other marquee grapes like Chardonnay. But Cab Franc is finally getting its due and now even has its own day. Finally, A Cab Franc Day I was bumfuzzled the other evening as I looked at my … Continue reading A Cabernet Franc Day Tasting
My Cab Franc Day Line-Up: B1ockOne; Marquis de Coulaine; Bodega Lagarde; Fabre Montmayou; Dracaena WinesIt’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 … Continue reading Cabernet Franc – Brilliant Soloist, Essential Ensemble Member (#CabFrancDay)
Written by Nancy (CSW) on December 4, 2016 By Viala et Vermorel (Ampélographie) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsToday’s the day. December 4. Cab Franc Day. Also known as #CabFrancDay on Twitter. The day officially designated to celebrate the grape variety Cabernet Franc. Why celebrate Cabernet Franc on December 4th? Because it is the anniversary of … Continue reading In Celebration of Cabernet Franc