A well-made Cabernet Franc is without a doubt one of my favorite wines; although very few wineries produce a pure varietal wine from this little-know Bordeaux grape, and it’s usually overshadowed in blends by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Pure expressions of Cab Franc are fairly difficult to find, but I can’t encourage you enough to try and seek out a bottle for yourself and let me know your thoughts!
French Wine Merchants Boycott Californian Wine in Protest Over Foie Gras Ban. ~ Ze wine merchants in southwest France are a little pissed-off with the recent foie gras ban in California, so much so, they have decided to take all Californian wines off their shelves. Foie gras has been outlawed across California as a law banning force-feeding of animals came into force on 1 July.
Merlot: Less tannic than cabernet sauvignon, this red wine grape produces dark wines that are generally full-bodied, high in alcohol, and with notes of chocolate and plum. The most widely planted grape variety in Bordeaux, it can make wines that range from easy-drinkers to prized bottles worth aging. Food Pairing: Because of its diversity, there are a lot of options here — everything from grilled meats and blue cheeses to salmon and mushrooms.
Fish House Wine Sauvignon Blanc - As a number of people would probably have guessed from the label, the Magnificent Wine Company (the brand behind this line) is headed by world-renowned winemaker, Syrah-guru and ex-rock-band-roadie Charles Smith. His blatant focus is to produce wines that waaaaaay over deliver for their price, sourcing grapes from multiple vineyards and from multiple vintages.