Wednesday #WineChat: Cabernet Franc

Hello Friends,

This Wednesday (aka tomorrow) I’m delighted to be a guest-host for Marie Payton’s weekly Twitter wine conversation called #winechat. Marie is a passionate wine enthusiast that writes the Life of Vines wine blog. The subject of tomorrow's #winechat is Cabernet Franc. This ancient red wine grape variety is primarily used for blending in the famed Bordeaux region of France. However, in the Loire Valley, Cabernet Franc produces the red fruit-filled and (often-times) easy-drinking wines of Chinon, Anjou, Saumur, and Bourgueil.

At least three of the Cabernet Franc wines I'll pour tomorrow

Cabernet Franc thrives in cooler climates so it’s an attractive option for regions like the Finger Lakes (NY) and Canada. Cabernet Franc also ripens fairly early and is a popular selection for Virginia and other east coast regions that may experience difficulty in less than average growing seasons with later ripening varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon. And speaking of Cabernet Sauvignon, in 1996, researchers at UC Davis discovered that Cabernet Franc was one of two parents of Cabernet Sauvignon. The other is Sauvignon Blanc. It’s rather hard to believe that this odd couple could produce such a bold variety that’s commonly referred to as “King of the Reds.” Well, enough of my rambling – join us on Twitter tomorrow at 9pm EST / 6pm PST to taste, tweet, learn, and share thoughts and experiences. Again, the subject is Cabernet Franc, so visit your wine cellar or run to the local wine shop and pick up a bottle. The Twitter hash-tag for tomorrow's wine conversation is #winechat. Hope to see you online over a splash of Cabernet Franc and a healthy pour of tweets. Cheers!

Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned ...more to come!

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