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Cabernet Franc, Virginia's Best Red

While Cabernet Franc is grown throughout the world to be used mostly as a blending grape with other classic Bordeaux grapes (like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot), Virginia, much like Chinon in the Loire Valley of France, grows a Cabernet Franc that is unique enough to be bottled on its own.  Many are not familiar with this lighter alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon...and now you are and can order for your friends!

The 2010 Cabernet Franc from The Hague Winery, winner of a silver medal at the Virginia Governor's Cup, is a bright and easy-to-drink wine. The oak aging has produced a full-bodied, bold wine with notes of raspberries and flowers on the nose.  Because Cabernet Franc has a much finer tannic component than Cabernet Sauvignon, it has a much smoother, almost silky mouth feel with rich flavors of red and black berries (most notably blueberries) and plum which makes it a wonderful pairing with beef or lamb.

Want to know more?  Join me, Resident Wine Geek, on Wednesday October 30, 4-5 pm, for a tasting of Virginia wines paired with their ideal foods.  Until then, Cheers!

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