Tag Archives: Cabernet Franc

Regional Profile: Santa Maria Valley

Where: “Part One” of Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria Valley AVA occupies the northeastern quadrant of this roughly rectangular county. Mountains hem both the top and bottom of the appellation, and fog and wind funnel straight into Santa Maria from … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Chinon

Where: In the middle of the Loire Valley, within the greater region of Touraine. Chinon rests in a corner between the Loire River (to its north) and the tributary River Vienne (to its south).   What: Prime time for Cabernet Franc … Continue reading

Grape Files: Cabernet Franc

Color: Red   Grown in: Loire, Bordeaux (France); Friuli, Trentino-Alto Adige, Tuscany (Italy); Hungary; New York, California, Washington (U.S.)   A.K.A. Bouchet (Bordeaux, France); Breton (Loire, France)   Profile: DNA profiling revealed that Cabernet Franc is Cabernet Sauvignon’s dad (its … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Château Haut-Brion

Who: Château Haut-Brion   What: Royal First Growth Favorite Repping the Other Side of Town   Where: Pessac-Léognan (Graves, Bordeaux, France)   Why: Because it is one of the original four and still one of the only five First Growths … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Yannick Amirault

Who: Yannick Amirault   What: Risen Star of the Loire   Where: Bourgueil and St-Nicolas de Bourgueil (Loire, France)   Why: Because he took over his family’s domaine when he was a scant 22 years old, building it up from … Continue reading

1934 Château Margaux: Rhymes with Whoa

I want to preface this by putting it out there that I’m not one of those sommeliers who enjoys bragging about all the great bottles of wine I drink. I hope that even with my profession, I can find something … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Olga Raffault

Who: Domaine Olga Raffault   What: She-Ra of Chinon   Where: Chinon (Loire, France) – Plots in the Savigny-en-Véron district   Why: Because Olga, now at well over age 80 and still full of spunk, is a tome of smart … Continue reading